SOURCE: Universal Music Enterprises

Universal Music Enterprises

July 18, 2012 08:00 ET

A&M Records Celebrates 50th Birthday With Release of 3-CD Set -- THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION Due Out August 28

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2012) - It's an archetypal story of the modern record business -- two guys with a dream running their nascent label out of a West Hollywood garage in the summer of 1962. The label quickly gains momentum and eventually becomes one of the most important record companies the world has ever seen. 

The two guys were Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the "A" and the "M" in A&M Records. By the way, it was Alpert's garage and that first hit was "The Lonely Bull," performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. And this year the two record men and UMe are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their label. 

As part of the celebration, on August 28, UMe is releasing A&M 50: THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. A 60-track, 3-CD set curated by Alpert & Moss, THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION perfectly illustrates what a potent effect the legendary label is still having on contemporary popular music.

Perhaps because one of its founders was an artist himself -- and a hugely successful one at that -- A&M Records distinguished itself as an artist-friendly label, one that would stand behind artists they believed in, album after album, until they found their voice and an audience. 

"We wanted to make good records," says Herb Alpert, reflecting on the label's genesis. "That was our goal. We felt if we made good records there would be an audience."

Herb and Jerry's dedication to development resulted in some of the biggest superstars in music ever: Joe Cocker, Procol Harum, Quincy Jones, Billy Preston, Cat Stevens, Carpenters, Peter Frampton, Supertramp, Jeffrey Osborne, Styx, Bryan Adams, Joe Jackson, the Police, Sting, Janet Jackson, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, and so many, many more. 

As iconic as the music released over the last 50 years by A&M Records was, so was the space that was home to the label for so many years: 1416 North La Brea, the former Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood, and now home to Henson Studios. It's interesting to note that the state-of-the-art recording studio that Herb and Jerry built on that lot decades ago is still drawing top artists from all over the world to record there.

"People hung out there," says Moss. "You took a walk on that lot and you wouldn't believe who you would run into. It was interesting to everyone who worked there and it was a lot of fun."

At A&M Records, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were able to build a haven for artistic development that rivals any record label in history. Maybe it's due, in part, to the fact that A&M was privately owned and run by its founders for the first 27 years of its existence. The environment they created helped spawn some of the most important artists in contemporary music, selling millions of albums worldwide in the process and creating a legacy that is virtually unmatched in the United States. As Sting so succinctly puts it, "We definitely felt nourished and sustained by a creative team." 

And now, with the release of THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, music fans everywhere can sample the music of one of the greatest record labels of all time, all in one convenient place.

Disc 1:   From AM to FM    
1   Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass   The Lonely Bull
2   Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66   Mas Que Nada
3   We Five   You Were On My Mind
4   Chris Montez   The More I See You
5   Rita Coolidge   (Your Love Keeps...) Higher and Higher
6   Burt Bacharach   A House Is Not A Home
7   Carpenters   (They Long to Be) Close To You
8   Cat Stevens   Wild World
9   The Human League   Don't You Want Me
10   Captain & Tennille   Love Will Keep Us Together
11   Pablo Cruise   Whatcha Gonna Do
12   Lani Hall   Sun Down
13   Amy Grant   Baby Baby
14   Gino Vannelli   I Just Wanna Stop
15   Suzanne Vega   Luka
16   Chris de Burgh   The Lady in Red
17   Joan Armatrading   Love and Affection
18   UB40   Red Red Wine
19   Joan Baez   Diamonds and Rust
20   Herb Alpert   Rise
21   Sheryl Crow   All I Wanna Do
Disc 2:   A Mission to Rock    
1   The Police   Roxanne
2   Joe Cocker   The Letter
3   Free   All Right Now
4   The Ozark Mountain Daredevils   Jackie Blue
5   Humble Pie   30 Days In the Hole
6   Joe Jackson   Steppin' Out
7   The Flying Burrito Brothers   Hot Burrito #1
8   Procol Harum   Conquistador (live)
9   Styx   Come Sail Away
10   Split Enz   I Got You
11   Squeeze   Tempted
12   Peter Frampton   Show Me The Way
13   Bryan Adams   Run To You
14   Nazareth   Love Hurts
15   Supertramp   The Logical Song
16   38 Special   Caught Up in You
17   Simple Minds   Don't You (Forget About Me)
18   Soundgarden   Black Hole Sun
19   Sting   If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
DISC 3:   Soul Jazz And More    
1   L.T.D.   (Everytime I...) Back in Love Again
2   Sonny Charles & The Checkmates Ltd.   Black Pearl
3   Gato Barbieri   Europa
4   The Brothers Johnson   I'll Be Good to You
5   Aaron Neville   Everybody Plays The Fool
6   Billy Preston   Will It Go Round in Circles
7   Milton Nascimento   Bridges
8   Chuck Mangione   Feels So Good
9   Bell & James   Livin' It Up (Friday Night)
10   Antonio Carlos Jobim   Wave
11   Jeffrey Osborne   On The Wings of Love
12   Paul Desmond   Summertime
13   Quincy Jones feat. Ashford, Simpson & Khan   Stuff Like That
14   Atlantic Starr   Secret Lovers
15   Jesse Johnson feat. Sly Stone   Crazay
16   Stan Getz   Amorous Cat
17   CeCe Peniston   Finally
18   Barry White   Practice What You Preach
19   Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela   Skokiaan
20   Janet Jackson   When I Think of You