Mail-order record club Vinyl Me, Please is heading to Hitsville U.S.A. for the second installment in its ongoing VMP Anthology vinyl box set series, each volume of which deep-dives into a specific genre, label or artist.
Available for pre-sale starting Thursday (Sept. 19), The Women of Motown — which is being released on the label’s 60th anniversary — will shine a spotlight on the women who helped shape the iconic Detroit-based label. The musical journey spans eight albums compiled in partnership with current Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam, along with an exclusive four-episode podcast, bonus content and deluxe liner notes written by Detroit music journalist and Women of Motown: An Oral History book author Susan Whitall. Purchase of the box set will also include access to a private fan community.
“After successfully launching our inaugural VMP Anthology with Blue Note Records earlier this spring, it’s a huge honor to follow up with our second in the series, The Women of Motown,” said Vinyl Me, Please chief brand officer Cameron Schaefer in a statement. “As Motown celebrates its 60th anniversary we’re excited to partner with them on shining a spotlight on the women who shaped the label and turned it into the sound of young America. This eight-album anthology brings together a premium vinyl box set, exclusive podcast and editorial content, as well as a private fan community, all with the goal of going beyond the liner notes and deep into the history of this iconic label. Hundreds of hours were poured into this project in an effort to ensure all elements were thoughtfully considered and I couldn’t be more proud of our team and the final product.”
“It’s a very important time, not only for Motown in its 60th year, but for women throughout the industry and the world today,” addded Habtemariam. “The VMP Anthology: The Women of Motown truly paints a picture showing that women have always had a hand in pushing the needle in music and shaping culture and will continue to do so for generations to come. With this partnership with Vinyl Me, Please, we hope to remind people of the women who have paved the way before us and inspire the next young creatives of the future.”
As with The Story of Blue Note Records, only 1,000 copies of The Women of Motown are being made available for purchase. The pre-sale price is $295, while anyone ordering Friday or later will pay the full retail price of $345.
All records included in the set were AAA cut by Sterling Sound mastering engineer Ryan Smith and pressed at Quality Record Pressings.