Third Man Records to reissue early Tamla singles



Earlier this year, we reported that rocker and native Detroiter Jack White was planning on opening a Detroit branch of his Nashville-based Third Man Records in the Cass Corridor. (That's right, the Cass Corridor — not Midtown.) Since then, the label has released more details about the move.

On Wednesday, the label announced a "dream-come-true" partnership with Universal Music that will allow Third Man to reissue Motown's early Tamla releases.

"Tamla's stripes label era (1959-62) produced million-sellers, debut releases from soon-to-be global icons, quasi-doowop anthems, and proto-surf experiments, all just looking for the next big thing," reads a statement from Third Man. "To say that they were successful would be an understatement." The first wave of Third Man's Tamla offerings includes singles by Barrett Strong, Chico Leverett, the Swinging Tigers, the Satintones, Nick & the Jaguars, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. 

Second, the label has offered more details on the previously announced public launch on Friday, Nov. 27. Detroit's very own Gories will perform. White, of course, has long championed the Gories as a major influence on his band, the White Stripes. Lillie Mae Rische and Margo Price round out the bill. 

Below, scope out longtime White visual collaborator Rob Jones' poster, which will be available for purchase at Third Man Records Cass Corridor on Black Friday. 

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