Verve Announces Release of Rare Albums as Rhapsody Exclusives

Over 25 Classic, Out-of-Print Records to be Available Exclusively at

Rhapsody for 90 Days

May 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from Verve Music Group

    NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verve Music Group has announced an
 exclusive program with Rhapsody(R), the award-winning online music service
 from RealNetworks(R), to make a number of its classic, out-of-print
 recordings available to consumers as digital releases.
     Verve has had much success in bringing back titles that either had been
 deleted from its catalog or were never-before-available and making these
 titles available as digital-only tracks and albums. Verve and Rhapsody are
 making this exclusive content available in response to consumer interest.
     "Today's consumer lives an on-demand lifestyle and The Verve Music
 Group is thrilled to have Rhapsody embrace the delivery of out-of-print
 music to meet the consumer demand for it," says Ron Goldstein, President
 and CEO of The Verve Music Group. "Verve can now achieve the full potential
 of its amazing catalog by re-releasing these classic recordings in the
 digital space."
     The program will launch with 28 titles. These titles, which are
 currently unavailable for purchase anywhere in America, will be released to
 Rhapsody beginning on May 23rd and will be available exclusively through
 the service for three months. Consumers will be able to stream, download,
 or purchase these classic recordings via the Rhapsody service as well as
 transfer them to compatible portable devices. Rhapsody and Verve will
 support this exclusive relationship with a variety of album features and
 promotions as well as outreach to core music audiences.
     "We're very excited to be adding nearly 30 out-of-print titles from
 Verve Records to Rhapsody," said Tim Quirk, GM of Music Content and
 Programming. "Rhapsody's infinite shelf space means there's always room for
 more great music from influential Verve artists such as Art Blakey, Ella
 Fitzgerald, and Oscar Peterson."
     Verve titles coming to Rhapsody through the program include:
     Albert Mangelsdorff, Jaco Pastorius, and Alphonse Mouzon "Trilogue" (Live)
     Alphonse Mouzon "By All Means"
     Anita O'Day "Anita"
     Art Blakey "The Complete Art Blakey on EmArcy"
     Art Tatum "I Got Rhythm Vol. 3 (1935-44)"
     Baden Powell "Estudos"
     Ben Sidran "I Lead A Life"
     Ben Sidran "Puttin' In Time On Planet Earth"
     Ben Sidran "The Cat In The Hat"
     Ben Webster and Don Byas "Ben Webster Meets Don Byas"
     Bill Evans "Symbiosis"
     Clark Terry "Clark After Dark"
     Dexter Gordon and Slide Hampton "A Day in Copenhagen"
     Don "Sugar Cane" Harris "Fiddler On The Rock"
     Don Ellis "Soaring"
     Duke Ellington "Collages"
     Ella Fitzgerald "Songs In A Mellow Mood"
     Freddie Hubbard "The Hub Of Hubbard"
     George Duke "I Love The Blues, She Heard Me Cry"
     Helen Merrill and Ron Carter "Duets"
     Jean-Luc Ponty "Sunday Walk"
     Joe Henderson "Mirror Mirror"
     Marlena Shaw "Out Of Different Bags"
     Monty Alexander "The Duke Ellington Songbook"
     Oscar Peterson "Bursting Out With The All-Star Big Band"
     Stephane Grappelli and the Diz Disley Trio "Violinspiration"
     The Eddie Davis-Johnny Griffin Quintet "Tough Tenors - Again N Again"
     The Jan Hammer Trio "Maliny Maliny"
     About Universal Music Group
     Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly
 owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also
 include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest
 global music publishing operations.
     Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group,
 Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island
 Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville,
 Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal
 Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well
 as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company
 subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most
 extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two
 distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal
 Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes
 eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
     Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and
 communications company.
     RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and
 software including Rhapsody(R), RealPlayer(R) 10 and casual PC and mobile
 games. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use
 RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to
 PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. Consumers can access
 and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer
 software at RealNetworks' systems and corporate
 information is located at          

SOURCE Verve Music Group