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Time Life is, with sister subsidiaries StarVista Live and Lifestyle Products Group, a holding of Direct Holdings Global LLC, an American production company and direct marketer conglomerate, that is known for selling books, music, video/DVD, and multimedia products. The current focus of the group is music, video and entertainment experiences (such as the StarVista cruises) as the Time Life book division closed in Its products have been sold throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia through television, print, retail, the Internet, telemarketing, and direct sales. Current operations are focused in the US and Canada with limited retail distribution overseas.
Time Life was founded in as the book marketing division of Time, Incorporated. It took its name from Time Inc.'s own cornerstone magazines, Time and Life, two of the most popular magazines of the era, but remained independent from both. Starting in , Time Life combined its book offerings with music collections (two to five records) and packaged them as a sturdy box set. After Walter Wanger's death in , its Time Life Films subsidiary also acquired his production company Walter Wanger Productions and many of its films. Throughout the s and s, the selection of books, music and videos grew and was diversified into more genres. When record labels were no longer producing vinyl albums in , Time Life transitioned to CD. In the mids, Time Life acquired Heartland Music, with the Heartland Music label now appearing as a brand. This company was subsequently sold off and is no longer associated with Time Life.
At the end of Time Life was acquired by Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C. and ZelnickMedia to become part of Direct Holdings Worldwide L.L.C. Direct Holdings Americas Inc. operates as a leader in the sale of music and video products under the Time Life brand. Since , Direct Holdings US Corp is the legal name of Time Life, and is no longer owned by its former parent Time Warner, later Time Inc. on June 9, In March Ripplewood led a group that took The Reader's Digest Association private and treated Time Life as a division of RDA. By onward, a disclaimer on the copyright stated that it is "not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.," who owns the Time and Life magazines, which this company name came from.
In addition to the company's film and music core activities, it was also the holding company of television and radio combo stations. Stations the company owned were KLZ-TV-AM-FM in Denver, WFBM-TV-AM-FM in Indianapolis, WOOD-TV-AM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, and KOGO-TV-AM-FM in San Diego, many of which were sold to McGraw-Hill in ; however, Time Life kept WOOD-TV, which became WOTV after the sale of the other stations, and remained owned by the company until Time Life was based in the Time Life building in Rockefeller Center.
In Reader's Digest Association sold Time Life to Mosaic Media Investment Partners.
As Time Life Books, the company gained fame as a seller of book series that would be mailed to households in monthly installments, operating as book sales clubs, and known as the direct-to-consumer business model. The original publisher, Jerome Hardy, declared early on that the publisher would succeed through a strategy to "give the customer more than he has any right to expect." Several of these book series garnered substantial critical acclaim unusual for a mass-market mail order house. For example, the series Library of Photography of the earlys featured very high-quality duotone printing for its black-and-white reproductions in its original edition, and was of course able to draw on Life's vast archive of journalistic and art photographs from virtually every major photographer; Foods Of The World featured contributions by M. F. K. Fisher, James Beard, Julia Child, Craig Claiborne and many others; and The Good Cook series, edited by Richard Olney, featured contributions from Jeremiah Tower, fe Grigson, Michel Lemonnier, and many others. Other series of high regard covered nature and the sciences, as well as the history of world civilizations. The science books are interesting as ephemera of their time. The content of these series was more or less encyclopedic, providing the basics of the subjects in the way it might be done in a lecture aimed at the general public. There was also a series on contemporary life in various countries of the world. Some other series are much less highly regarded, especially the later output as the publisher moved away from soberly presented science and history toward sensationalism, pop history, and DIY-themed books. The books, whatever their quality, are easy to find at low prices on the used-book market, due to their being published in the millions of copies. (Some of the items in this list may also be single books not in a series, but followed the same types of themes as the book series.)
Yet, of some series it is known that a particular title in the series enjoyed a much smaller print run than the other volumes in the series, resulting the after-market value of that particular volume and/or the set as a whole increasing. Examples include the fourteen volume "40th Anniversary Edition" The Civil War: A Narrative and the volume Voices of the Civil War series, where the volumes "Petersburg Siege to Bentonville" and "Shenandoah " are the rarer ones respectively.
Non-USA-specific topic series were habitually translated into other languages (French being the most predominant, due to Time Life's desire to have bordering French-Canada served as well), and disseminated through local branches of Time-Life Books in the intended target markets. For some, usually smaller language areas, Time Life resorted sometimes to licensing out their publications to local publishers, as was for example the case with The Old West and The Enchanted World series. However, not rarely were these translated versions truncated for various reasons. The Dutch language versions—disseminated through Time-Life Books [International] BV, Amsterdam, the local branch for mainland Europe at the time located at Ottho Heldringstraat 5, AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands—of History of the World (as "Time Life Wereld Geschiedenis"), The Epic of Flight (as "De Geschiedenis van de Luchtvaart") and The Enchanted World (as "Het Rijk der Fabelen"), for example, were shy of four, seven, and eight volumes respectively in translation, whereas the German-language version of The Old West (as "Der Wilde Westen," and, even though American specific, translated nonetheless due to the continued and unabated popularity of the Western genre in Germany), disseminated through the Amsterdam branch as Time-Life Bücher, was shy of seven volumes.
Of at least one book series is known that it was initiated by a local branch and not by the American mother company; the –89 book series Australians at War was initiated by Time-Life Books Australia for that country, and therefore relatively rare on American soil.
Time Life no longer publishes books, as its book division, Time Life Books (including its foreign subsidiaries), was closed in January  Time Inc./Time Warner, however, continues to publish similar material through Time Home Entertainment Inc., but as (oftentimes retail) single volume titles, instead of (direct marketed) book series.
Proprietary published book series
- note: most of the information on the book series can be ascertained through M. Legg's and M.L. Martin's websites, listed below
- American Country
- The American Indians (–96, 23 volumes)
- The American Story (, 6 volumes)—mini-series, each volume dealing with a selected highlight of US history
- The American Wilderness (–77, 27 volumes)
- Ancient Civilizations—historic archeological discoveries
- The Art of Sewing
- Australians at War (–89, 16 volumes)—series chronicling Australia's participation in 20th-century warfare
- Canada, by Brian Moore and the editors of Life ()
- The Civil War series (–87, 28 volumes, not the same as their volume The Civil War: A Narrative 40th anniversary edition)
- Classics of the Old West (, 31 volumes)—while executed in the same vein, not the same as "The Old West," as these are deluxe facsimile reproductions of memoirs of Old West contemporaries
- Classics of World War II (The Secret War) (24 volumes)
- Collector's Library of the Civil War (–85, 30 volumes)—deluxe facsimile reproductions of participants' memoirs
- Collector's Library of the Unknown (24 volumes)
- Curious and Unusual Facts
- The Emergence of Man
- Enchanted World (, 21 volumes)—best-selling Time–Life series, dealing with fairy tales and mythological folklore of predominantly European origin
- Echoes of Glory (, 3 volumes)—set dealing with the arms and equipment of the Civil War armies, complemented with a Civil War atlas
- The Encyclopedia of Collectibles
- The Epic of Flight (, 23 volumes)-set dealing with the history of aviation
- Eyewitness (children's series on nature, science, and civilization)
- Family Library ("How Things Work in your Home," "The Time-Life Book of the Family Car," "The Time-Life Family Legal Guide," and "The Time-Life Book of Family Finance")
- Fitness, Health, and Nutrition
- Fix It Yourself
- Foods of the World
- Fresh Ways—cookbook series
- The Good Cook
- Great Ages of Man—history of each of the major civilizations of human history
- The Great Cities
- History of the World (, 24 volumes)
- Home Repair and Improvement—with commercials, starring Bob Vila from to
- How Things Work
- Human Behavior
- I Love Math!
- The Kodak Library of Creative Photography
- Library of Health
- Library of Nations
- The LIFE History of the United States
- LIFE Library of Photography
- LIFE Nature Library, (25 volumes)
- LIFE Science Library, (26 volumes)
- LIFE World Library
- Little People Big Books
- Lost Civilizations
- Mysteries of the Unknown (, 33 volumes)—best-selling Time–Life series
- Myth and Mankind (, 20 volumes)
- The Nature Company Discoveries
- The New Face of War (, 9 volumes)—survey into the major fields of the then most modern aspects of warfare
- The Old West (, 27 volumes)-set dealing with the history of the North-American frontier of the 18thth century
- Planet Earth Series
- The Seafarers (–81, 22 volumes)
- The Third Reich Series (, 21 volumes)
- This Fabulous Century
- Time Frame—A survey of history by time periods instead of by civilization
- Time-Life Early Learning
- Time–Life Library of America
- Time–Life Library of Art
- The Time–Life Library of Boating
- The Time–Life Library of Gardening
- Time Life Library of Curious and Unusual Facts
- Time Life Student Library
- Time Reading Program
- Three Hundred Years of American Painting (Three hundred years of American painting, by Alexander Eliot, art editor of Time. With an introd. by John Walker. New York, )
- Understanding Computers
- Voices of the Civil War (–98, 18 volumes)—reproducing letters from (American) Civil War participants
- Voices of Triumph (3 volumes)—African American history
- Voyage Through the Universe (, 20 volumes)—set dealing with the then contemporary knowledge state on Astronomy
- Wild, Wild World of Animals—based on the TV series
- What Life Was Like
- The World's Wild Places
- Wings of War (26 volumes)—reproductions of wartime aviator's memoirs
- World War II series (39 volumes)
- Years of Hollywood
Licensed published book series
While the vast majority of published book series were initiated and produced by Time Life itself, the company also (re)issued on occasion series in similar vein as licensee under its own imprint that were originally produced and/or released by publishers elsewhere, typically for release on the US home market, though series with a British Commonwealth pedigree were released through Time-Life Books International Amsterdam, as mentioned in the colophons of the individual books. Aside from the translations, the English-language versions of the Commonwealth-derived series were published by a variety of publishers for the different English-speaking territories with Time Life as the USA designated one. These Time Life versions are far less common in the used-book markets than Time Life's own proprietary releases.
- [Cultural] Atlas of, An Equinox Book (, 19 volumes); series licensed from Andromeda Oxford Ltd, Oxfordshire, England British series, conceived in the second half of the s, dealing with the history and culture of territories and civilizations, predominantly related in maps.
- A Child's First Library of Learning; series of educational books based on a Japanese series by Gakken
- The Civil War: A Narrative 40th Anniversary Edition by Shelby Foote (, 14 volumes); originally a US three-volume release from Random House
- The Illustrated Library of the Earth (, 6 volumes, also translated and released in Dutch by Time Life); licensed from Weldon Owen Pty Ltd, Australia essentially a deluxe and updated, or addendum version of the Planet Earth Series
- Understanding Science and Nature; based on a Japanese series of books by Gakken
Time Life added music in , selling box sets and collections through Time–Life Records. During the s and s, the collections released by Time–Life Records catered to an adult audience, with genres including classical, jazz, swing and orchestral music; and the music of operas and Broadway theatre. On occasion, Time Life offered popular music (generally pre music, as opposed to pop and rock music airing on contemporary hit radio stations in the United States at the time) in box-sets. Although there were television advertisements, Time Life advertised most of these sets in magazines, specialty catalogs and direct mail.
In the early s, Time Life began branching out, offering a series of albums focusing on country music. The first series was 's "Country Music," with volumes focusing on a particular artist and featuring eight or nine tracks per album. Twenty volumes were issued, with many of country's greatest artists of the time (Charley Pride was the first artist featured) getting their own album. But until the mids, Time–Life did not feature a rock music-intensive series for customers, preferring to cater to older adults with conservative music tastes.
Pop music enters the picture
Time Life's first successful foray into rock music came in , with a series called "The Rock 'n' Roll Era." Each volume in that series—like similar series that followed—focused on a particular year (in this case, through —the early, pre-Beatles years of rock music), a stylistic trend or particular artist influential in rock music. Each volume had 22 tracks, and was said to contain the original hit recording by the original artist (although this wasn't always true on early pressings of the early albums in the series). The songs themselves represented the most important and popular songs from the period or subject featured. An essay published by Both Sides Now Publications noted that Time-Life's move into rock music came at a time when much of the adult audience Time-Life catered to grew up during the rock-and-roll era and, as such, the new series was consistent with its goal of catering to an adult audience.
"The Rock 'n' Roll Era" series was a big success, and by the time the final volume was issued in the early s, more than 50 different volumes (including two Christmas albums) had been released. This paved the way for more country and pop music-intensive series, including "Country USA," "Classic Rock," "Sounds of the Seventies," "Sounds of the Eighties," "Your Hit Parade" (a series featuring popular music of the s through early s) and "Super Hits." Like the earlier series, each volume issued had its own paperback booklet containing liner notes and information about the songs, with the addition of placement on various Billboard magazine charts.
Like the earlier box-sets featuring other musical styles and genres, the country and pop music series were advertised in magazines, catalogs and direct mail. By this time, some of these collections were advertised on television: either commercials or minute infomercials. The television advertisements used slogans (e.g., "Relive your high school days "), clips of songs included in each volume (along with a scrolling list of other titles), a commercial spokesman (usually a performer or legendary disc jockey relevant to a given series, such as Rick Dees for a s-intensive collection and Ralph Emery for a country music series) and testimonials from customers attesting to the quality and value of the albums, to pitch a given series. Key selling points of these collections are that each track was digitally transferred to the desired format using the original master recordings, as opposed to being "re-records"; and that the most popular and requested songs by customers could be found in a single collection (as opposed to a customer having to purchase many albums to obtain just a few desired tracks).
Customers were given a choice of which format they wanted their box set: either vinyl albums (through ), 8-track or cassette tape, or compact disc; today's box sets are offered only as compact discs.
While most of Time Life's box-sets and releases were critically hailed, there were also some minor faults pointed out by critics. For instance, several early pressings of the early volumes in "The Rock'n'Roll Era" series contained stereo re-recordings of the original hits (something that would be corrected on later pressings, either with the correct original recording or a replacement track). Sometimes, the most popular songs of a given time period were omitted, frequently due to licensing issues. Examples included The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the Classic Rock and "Super Hits"/"AM Gold" series;, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain on various country music series;, and Prince, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson on the main Sounds of the Eighties series.
Through , several different series Time Life had offered were available on a subscription basis, either by calling a number or sending a completed postcard-sized card and payment to Time–Life. Purportedly, the customer would get a specific volume (as advertised on TV or in a magazine) first, before receiving a new volume roughly every other month (on the format of their choice); customers and had the option of keeping just the volumes they wanted. In time, each volume was also offered for individual sale.
Several of the series – especially the pop, rock, country and rhythm and blues series – had retail versions for sale, released after the entire series was issued. Typically, these were sold at discount stores, often grouped in three-CD sets of 12 tracks each and having the most popular of the series' tracks, and cover artwork and naming loosely based on the subscription/catalog-exclusive titles. Additionally, the "Classic Country" series had special track single-CD versions of several of its volumes issued for retail sale (in addition to budget 3-CD sets).
Saguaro Road Records
In , Time Life launched Saguaro Roads Records as an in-house music recording label.
Under this label, albums have been released with Adam Hood, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bo Bice, Brandy and Ray J, Collin Raye, Dion, Edwin McCain, Hank Williams (estate), Jim Brickman, Joan Osborne, Lonestar, Marc Cohn, Mark Chesnutt, Patty Loveless, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Tanya Tucker, The Grascals, Angie Stone, Waylon Jennings and Don McLean.
Since its launch Saguaro Roads Records has had seven Grammy nominations. Notable releases include Patty Loveless's Mountain Soul II which one a Grammy for best Bluegrass Album in , Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Historical Album category in , Joan Osborne's Bring it on Home which was nominated for Best Soul album in , The Beatles' "First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition" which was nominated for Best Album Notes in , and The Blind Boys of Alabama's Down in New Orleans which won a grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album.
List of series
The following list shows many of the collections the company has released, but is by no means exhaustive.
- '60's, The
- '60's Country
- '60's Music Revolution
- '60's Gold (discontinued)
- '70's Collection, The (discontinued)
- '70's Country
- '70's Music Explosion (discontinued)
- '80's Collection, The (discontinued)
- '80's Music Explosion (discontinued)
- '90's Collection, The (discontinued)
- Christmas Songs for Kids
- Classics for Kids
- Classics for Relaxation
- Kids Songs
- Piano Masterpieces
- American Gold #1 Hits
- AM Gold ()
- AM Gold (discontinued; was first issued as "Super Hits")
- Beethoven Collection, The
- Best of Soft Rock
- Big Bands
- Billboard #1 Hits of the '70's
- Blues Legends (discontinued)
- Blues Masters (discontinued)
- Bobby Jones Presents Ultimate Gospel
- Body and Soul
- Body Talk (discontinued)
- British Invasion, The
- Classic Bluegrass (discontinued)
- Classic Country
- Classic Drive (discontinued)
- Classic Love Songs of the '60's
- Classic Radio Hits (discontinued)
- Classic Rock (discontinued, was a collection of mid- to lates music)
- Classic Rhythm and Blues
- Classic Soft Rock
- Classic Soul Ballads
- Classic Love Songs of Rock 'n' Roll ()
- Classic Love Songs of Rock 'n' Roll (discontinued)
- Classic Soul Ballads
- Classical Power
- Concerts of Great Music, The, AKA Story of Great Music Concerts, The 11 LP (5) volumes, –68, (discontinued)
- Contemporary Country (discontinued)
- Country Jukebox
- Country Music Explosion
- Country Music Hall Of Fame Presents Classic Country
- Country Music Of Your Life
- Country USA ()
- Country USA (discontinued)
- Country's Got Heart
- Def Comedy Jam
- Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems
- Disco Fever (discontinued)
- Disney's Greatest
- Easy '80's
- Easy Listening Classics
- Edge Of The '80's (discontinued)
- Emotion Collection, The (discontinued)
- Fabulous Fifties, The (discontinued)
- Faith, Hope & Country
- Feel Good Rock
- Flower Power
- Folk Years, The (discontinued)
- Forever '70's
- Giants of Jazz (discontinued)
- Girl Groups
- Glory Days Of Rock 'n' Roll (discontinued)
- Great American Songbook
- God Bless the USA
- Gold And Platinum: The Ultimate Rock Collection (discontinued)
- Golden Age of Country
- Golden Age of Pop
- Great Composers
- Great Men of Music
- Greatest Love Songs of the '60's
- Greatest Love Songs of the '70's
- Grooves (discontinued)
- Guitar Rock (discontinued)
- Hard & Heavy (discontinued)
- Heart Of Rock 'n' Roll, The (discontinued)
- Heart Of Classic Rock, The
- History Of Rock 'n' Roll, The (discontinued)
- I Can Only Imagine Platinum
- Instrumental Favorites
- It All Started with Doo Wop (discontinued)
- Jukebox Memories
- Kingston Trio
- Lifetime of Country Romance
- Lifetime of Romance
- Legendary Singers
- Legendary Voices
- Legends Of Country
- Legends: The Ultimate Rock Collection (discontinued)
- Living the Blues (discontinued)
- Living the Gospel (discontinued)
- Magic of Love (discontinued)
- Malt Shop Memories
- Midnight Soul
- Modern Rock Dance
- Modern Rock (discontinued)
- Motown Collection, The
- Mozart Collection, The
- Music of Your Life
- Mysteries of the Unknown
- Opry Video Classics
- Party Rock
- Pop Goes The '70's
- Pop Memories of the '60's
- Pop Revolution (discontinued)
- Power of Love
- Power Of Love, The () (discontinued)
- Prom Night
- Pure Rhythm and Blues
- Quiet Storm
- Raunchy Blues
- Rhythm & Blues
- Rhythm+Grooves (discontinued)
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert
- Rock Collection, The (discontinued)
- Rock & Romance
- The Rock 'n' Roll Era (discontinued)
- Rock 'n' Roll Era ()
- Rock 'n' Roll: Legendary Years (discontinued)
- Romancing the '60's
- Romancing the '70's
- Romantically Yours
- Secret Love
- Singers & Songwriters US version
- Singers & Songwriters Europe Version
- Smooth Soul
- Sock Hop Collection, The
- Solid Gold Soul US version (discontinued)
- Solid Gold Soul Europe Version (discontinued)
- Songs 4 Ever (discontinued)
- Songs 4 Life (discontinued)
- Songs 4 Worship Country
- Songs 4 Worship
- Songs For Lovers (discontinued)
- Soul Of The '60's
- Soul Of The '70's
- Soul Story (discontinued)
- Soulful Christmas
- Sounds Of The '70's (discontinued)
- Sounds of the 80s
- Sounds of the Seventies
- Sounds Of The Sixties (discontinued)
- Sounds of the Seventies, List of Time Life Records (discontinued)
- Sounds of the Eighties (discontinued)
- Sounds of the Nineties (discontinued)
- Spirit Of The '60's (discontinued)
- Story of Great Music, The, 11 LP (4) volumes, –68, (discontinued)
- Story of Great Music Concerts, The, AKA Concerts of Great Music, The 11 LP (5) volumes, –68, (discontinued)
- Superstars of Country (discontinued)
- Superstars of the '80's
- Sweet Soul of the '70's
- Teen Years, The
- Timeless Music Collection, The (discontinued)
- Time Life Loves The '80's
- To The Moon, a 6-record set: a documentary with accompanying book about the early space program, the space race, the missions to the moon and the first moon landing, published soon after Apollo 11 completed its mission to the moon. (discontinued)
- Treasury of Christmas 
- Ultimate Love Songs
- Ultimate Oldies but Goodies Collection, The (discontinued)
- Ultimate Rock Ballads
- Ultimate Seventies (discontinued)
- Uptown Saturday Night (discontinued)
- We Love the Nightlife
- What Life was Like
- World of the Supernatural
- Woodstock Collection, The
- Worship Together
- Your Hit Parade (discontinued)
- You So Crazy
Time Life's video business has been growing quickly since Starting with documentaries including Growing Up Wild and the re-release of World at War, the company has more recently branched into nostalgic television shows. Time Life is able to leverage their music industry knowledge and contacts to release television shows previously held back because of expensive music rights clearances. Their collections are known for having extensive bonus features, liner notes and packaging. Television show releases from Time Life include:
- America A Look Back
- Barney & Friends
- The Jack Benny Program (50 episodes, plus 10 specials and 7 guest star appearances)
- The Beginner's Bible
- The Best of George Carlin (15 specials, plus 30 other guest appearances)
- The Big Comfy Couch
- The Ultimate Carol Burnett Show Collection (50 Episodes, plus the special Carol + 2 and the version of Once Upon a Mattress)
- The Clint Eastwood Collection
- China Beach (complete series)
- Cedarmont Kids
- CMA Awards Live (performance compilations)
- Dallas (seasons 1 to 4)
- Great Films of the Bible
- Fat Albert
- Get Smart (complete series)
- Growing Up Wild
- The Real Ghostbusters (complete series)
- The Jackie Gleason Show (color episodes)
- The John Wayne Collection "Rio Bravo" (), "Sands of Iwo Jima" (), "Stagecoach" (), "The Cowboys" (), "The Green Berets" () and "The Quiet Man" (),
- The Hee Haw Collection (select episodes and sketches)
- Lucy: The Ultimate 12 DVD Collection (76 episodes spanning I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy)
- Looney Tunes: Library
- Mama's Family (complete series)
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (complete series)
- The Dean Martin Variety Show (select sketches and episodes, by agreement with NBCUniversal and the estate of Greg Garrison)
- The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (complete series)
- The Mayberry Collection (select episodes from The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC and Mayberry RFD, plus the reunion movie Return to Mayberry and the backdoor pilot from The Danny Thomas Show)
- Power Rangers: From Mighty Morphin' to Lost Galaxy (first seven seasons)
- Motown 25
- Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (40 episodes)
- Saturday Night Live
- Tales From The Crypt
- The Six Million Dollar Man (complete series)
- The Red Skelton Show
- The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Season 3)
- I Got You Babe - The Best of Sonny & Cher/The Best of Cher (selected episodes from The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Cher, The Sonny & Cher Show from the ‘70s, as well as Cher Special and Cher and Other Fantasies specials)
- The Best of Soul Train (Highlights from the '70s)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends (licensed from Carson Productions)
- The Wonder Years (complete series)
- Trials of Life Video Offer
- Robin Williams: Comic Genius (five HBO specials and compilation of other TV appearances)
- The Best of The Muppet Show (complete series), produced by Jim Henson Home Entertainment
- NOVA ()
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Time-Life Books, Inc. was founded in in Chicago, as a division of Time, Inc. Its headquarters was the Time-Life Building in Northwest Chicago. Time-Life Books was to be the book division for Time, Inc., who published both Time Magazine and Life Magazine. Books published by Time-Life tended toward the arts and other "highbrow" pursuits, aimed mostly at the parents in average families and sold through television, radio, and magazine advertisements.
By , Time-Life Books combined its book offerings with recorded music and released these mixed- media offerings through a new Division called Time-Life Records. Typically, these were offered as two-to-five record sets with a book (and typically, in full color) giving the history of the music or composer, all packaged as a sturdy box set. Taking a page from the successful record clubs of the times, Time-Life offered a series of these box sets to be sent to the subscriber periodically (typically, every six weeks or so). Like the Time-Life book subscriptions, these were sent "on approval," meaning the buyer could listen for a short time, and if they didn't like the particular volume, they could send it back, no questions asked. (In a way, it was a more innocent time before taping became widely popular and led to scams of various sorts, getting and taping records and sending them back. Needless to say, though, too many returns and Time-Life removed your name from the active list.)
These sets were strictly targeted for adult listeners, the same people who were the target audience of Time and Life magazines. The series stressed what in the s had been referred to as "good music", meaning classical, opera, or orchestral music, occasionally easy listening pop or a soundtrack, but guaranteed to be free from rock 'n' roll or anything resembling it.
The first major series, The Story of Great Music/Concerts of Great Music, was released over the period, and was strictly a collection of the classics. Each volume had four or five discs and a book included in the box set, along with a "Listener's Guide" to the music. These records were pressed by Angel Records, Capitol's classical arm.
In the early s, again appealing to the adults, was a series of recreations of music from the s and s called The Swing Era. This series was also pressed by Capitol Records, and many of the recreations were done by Billy May or other Capitol bandleaders. Although one may cavil that the music on this series was not the original versions, by most people had become accustomed to high quality music. The originals, mostly recorded with direct-to-disc technology and fidelity limitations, would have been inconsistent with the expectations of the public. Since the originals were mainly orchestral arrangements, they could be reproduced fairly well, especially for people who hadn't heard the originals for almost 30 years. Judging by the plethora of volumes of this series that can now be found in used book stores, the series sold quite well. Each set came with a hardcover book telling about the music and the era.
In the mids, Time-Life reverted to classical composers with The Great Men of Music Series, followed in by a huge collection of box sets by Arthur Fiedler (of Boston Pops Orchestra fame) - 23 three-disc box sets, a total of 69 records. They also released series on Mozart and Wagner during the s.
By , Time-Life branched out somewhat with a new series called Giants of Jazz, then followed in the early s with two series featuring country music (Country Music, a series of single-disc offerings with a skimpy nine songs each, and Country Music Classics, a series of three-LP box sets). These were followed in by a selection of easy-listening artists in a series called Legendary Singers, again in boxed sets. Since the average adults of the early s had never heard swing records, country, jazz, and easy listening were keeping with Time-Life's vision of selling to the adult families. By this time, the practice of including hardback books with the sets had long since proved uneconomical. Most of these box sets came with a paperback booklet.
In , Time-Life started a series of 2-LP boxes (this time with a one-sheet folded pamphlet instead of a booklet) called The Rock 'n' Roll Era. It was to prove to be a massive seller, with some 50+ volumes before it was through. Although the series started in as vinyl box sets, by they were also available as single-CDs. As radical as it was for Time-Life to jump into rock & roll music reissues, by most of the adults had been raised on rock and roll anyway, so it was still within the vision and goals of Time-Life's selling to adults.
In the next few years, Time-Life launched many new series, including Classic Rock (devoted to late s rock and psychedelia), Your Hit Parade (covering pop music from ), Country U.S.A. (offering country music from the early s to the early s), Rhythm & Blues (featuring R&B from the roots to the s), Contemporary Country (with country music from the s and more recent), and many others. In addition, they offered many non-series multiple- CD sets of various sorts.
In , Time-Life, Inc. merged with Warner Communications to become Time-Warner, Inc. When the industry gave up on vinyl in , the Time-Life series were also switched to CD (and cassette) only. Calling the Time-Life toll-free telephone number usually resulted in talking to a pleasant sales person, who informed you that, yes, you could buy any of the volumes of the various series, you didn't have to subscribe. The s brought many new series to the Time-Life catalog, and many of these are featured in this discography.
On December 31, , Time-Warner sold off Time-Life to a group of private investors. By this time, Time-Life had long since stopped selling books in favor of the more profitable music. Time-Warner, ailing badly since a $ billion merger with America On-Line in , was busy selling off pieces of the company to try to stay in stockholders good graces (the stock value of the company had plummeted over 50% since the merger). Time-Life, once a book company but recently a music company, landed with a group of music industry veterans, so their future looks bright.
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On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 1 Miscellaneous Early Issues ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 2 The Story of Great Music/Concerts of Great Music ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 3 As You Remember Them: Great Instrumentals ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 4 The Swing Era ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 5 Great Men of Music ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 6 Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 7 Giants of Jazz ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 8 American Musicals ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 9 The Mozart Collection ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 10 Great Opera ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 11 Great Performers ()/Legendary Performances ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 12 Country Music ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 13 Country & Western Classics ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 14 Big Bands ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 15 Great Ages of Music ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 16 Legendary Singers ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 17 The Rock'n'Roll Era ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 18 Classic Rock ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 19 Your Hit Parade ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 20 Country U.S.A. ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 21 Sounds of the Seventies ()/'70s Dance Party/Ultimate Seventies
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 22 Super Hits ()/AM Gold (plus TV Themes)
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 23 Rhythm & Blues ()/Solid Gold Soul
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 24 Contemporary Country ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 25 Time-Life's History of Rock'n'Roll ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 26 Guitar Rock ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 27 The Many Moods of Romance ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 28 Instrumental Favorites ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 29 Sounds of the Eighties ()/Rolling Stone issues
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 30 Grooves ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 31 Living the Blues ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 32 Legendary Country Singers ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 33 The Heart of Rock'n'Roll ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 34 Body Talk ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 35 The Elvis Presley Collection ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 36 Classic Country ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 37 Modern Rock ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 38 Glory Days of Rock'n'Roll ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 39 The Singers and Songwriters Collection ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 40 The Fabulous Fifties ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 41 Classic Rhythm & Blues ()
On to the Time-Life Discography, Part 49 Miscellaneous CD Issues
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Creator / Time-Life Music
Time-Life Music is a brand label that specializes in creating and marketing various hits music collections for consumers. The main scope of music offered by these compilation albums is currently on popular, rock and country music, although all genres have been represented.
Time-Life Music dates to the early s, when the company's book firm began offering music collections (two to five records), packaged together with a book into a sturdy box set. One of the first multi-volume offerings was "The Sounds of History," an audio supplement to Life Magazine's "History of the United States" series. The LP set, issued in , followed a format that saw the "A" side of the record containing re-creations of historic events and speeches (prior to about , after which actual soundbites note (the phonograph and other means to preserve recorded sound had been invented in ) were used), along with readings from historical documents and excerpts from literature of the period; and music from the period on the "B" side. The records were narrated by Frederic March and Florence Eldridge
The first successful music subscription series was titled "Great Music Series," issued in and focusing on classical music. That series was divided into two main categories: "The Story of Great Music" and "Concerts of Great Music," both focusing either on composers, eras of music or both. That series also had various-hits type compilations that focused on eras of music, such as "The Romantic Era" and "The Opulent Era."
The "Great Music Series" set a template of things to come for later volumes:
- A booklet of some sort, with essays by a particular genre's expert, magazine writer, etc., about the music and/or artists. Illustrations abounded, including rare photographs.
- Music included the most popular or essential tracks from the given subject, plus some rarities.
- Buyers could purchase the series in a number of ways:
- On subscription, operating much like book or record clubs of the time. The customer would receive the first volume on a trial basis (usually 10 to 30 days) with no obligation to buy; sometimes, the first volume was offered at a discounted price. If the customer agreed to keep the set, he would send a check or pay by credit card (which in the late s was still a relative novelty), but if he didn't enjoy it, he could also return the album or box set with no questions asked. Usually, new volumes were issued at regular intervals, typically one every six weeks to two months, with six to eight new volumes per year. At any time, the customer could decide to stop receiving albums all he had to do was call a number or write to a given address to be put on the stop list.
- After a given series was available for awhile, he could purchase individual volumes of his choice, even if he did not subscribe to the series. This was common if a given record was damaged or, more commonly, if only one or more specific albums were of interest to the customer, and the other ones weren't.
- The customer had a choice of format. When the "Great Music Series" was first offered, the customer had to go with vinyl albums, although 8-track tapes may have also been offered. Later volumes offered a choice of LPs or 8-tracks, and still later cassettes. In the late s, when popular and rock music was first offered, compact discs were offered alongside the LPs and cassettes, before in only CDs and cassettes were available. Since the mids and the demise of cassette tapes, only CDs have been available.
As was the case with the book holdings, the selection of Time-Life Music's offerings became more diversified, branching out into jazz, big band, swing and show music. As was the case with another direct marketer, Reader's Digest Music, Time-Life's offerings was mainly targeted to adults with conservative music tastes, with nothing in the way of rock music or anything resembling that; the closest things got was in the early s when two waves of country music series were offered.
But that would change.
On the heels of two successful pop music-intensive series, "Big Bands" () and "Legendary Singers" (), Time-Life took a gamble by delving into a style of popular music it had strove to avoid for many years: rock and roll. The new series was called "The Rock 'n' Roll Era," and it focused on popular music that was popular with teenagers and young adults in the late s and early s. Each volume of the new series focused on a particular year (in this case, through the early, pre-Beatles years of rock music), a stylistic trend or particular artist influential in rock music. Each volume had 22 to 24 tracks, and was said to contain the original hit recording by the original artist note (although this wasn't always true on early pressings of the early albums in the series; later pressings would correct these faults). The songs themselves represented the most important and popular songs from the period or subject featured. An essay published by Both Sides Now Publications noted that Time-Life's move into rock music came at a time when much of the adult audience Time-Life catered to grew up during the rock-and-roll era and, as such, the new series was consistent with its goal of catering to an adult audience.
"The Rock 'n' Roll Era" series was to say the least a huge success, and by the time the final volume was issued in the early s, more than 50 different volumes (including two Christmas albums) had been released. This paved the way for more country and pop music-intensive series, including "Country USA," "Classic Rock" (unlike what the name today may imply, the series focuses on popular and rock music of the mid-to-late s) "Sounds of the Seventies," "Sounds of the Eighties," "Your Hit Parade" (a series featuring popular music of the s through early s), "Super Hits" (later renamed "AM Gold," consisting of adult contmporary music of the s and s) "Rhythm and Blues," "Contemporary Country," "Guitar Rock," "Classic Country," "Modern Rock" and "Singers and Songwriters." Like the earlier series, each volume issued had its own paperback booklet containing liner notes and information about the songs, with the addition of placement on various Billboard magazine charts. In the meantime, some non-popular music series — i.e., classical, swing and big band, and blues music — continued to be offered under newer titles.
Many of the series, especially in the late s through late s, were huge sales successes, although — at least according to Both Sides Now Publications — there were a few duds in the bunch, most notably "As You Remember Them: The Great Instrumentals," an early s series that had sound-alike re-recordings of easy listening instrumentals of the s and s note (fans were reportedly turned off by these being soundalikes, as the original recordings were still widely available and in better quality in other record sets); and "Grooves," a mids attempt to market alternative and folk music, mainly from lesser-known artists in a "magazine" format (a format that had become popular in marketing new music, particularly from new, up-and-coming and lesser-known artists)note ; the main criticism was that the compilation had few if any genuine hits on them.
As was the case with the earlier box sets, these new series were advertised in magazines, catalogs, on television and by direct mail. The television advertisements were either commercials or minute infomercials, often using slogans such as "Relive your high school days ," clips of songs included in each volume (along with a scrolling list of other titles), a commercial spokesman (usually a performer or legendary disc jockey relevant to a given series, such as Rick Dees for a s-intensive collection and Ralph Emery for a country music series) and testimonials from customers attesting to the quality and value of the albums, to pitch a given series. Key selling points of these collections are that each track was digitally transferred to the desired format using the original master recordings, as opposed to being "re-records"; and that the most popular and requested songs by customers could be found in a single collection (as opposed to a customer having to purchase many albums to obtain just a few desired tracks).
Aside from minor faults such as re-recordings of original hits (a rarity, and only if the original master was absolutely unavailable), the biggest omission was due to licensing issues. Examples included The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the Classic Rock and "Super Hits"/"AM Gold" series; Garth Brooks on various country music series; and Prince, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson on the main Sounds of the Eighties series.
By , the final of the subscription series was ended (as consumer buying habits were changing), and only multi-CD sets were being offered under various titles, such as "The Fabulous Fifties," "Country Romance" and "Malt Shop Memories." Some of the original volumes have been repackaged under various titles and included in these new series, and in addition Time-Life's offerings have expanded to video, mainly classic television series. Popular video offerings include The Midnight Special, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and Hee Haw. That has kept Time-Life Music running strong.
Several of the series especially the pop, rock, country and rhythm and blues series had retail versions for sale, released after the entire series was issued. Typically, these were sold at discount stores, often grouped in three-CD sets of 12 tracks each and having the most popular of the series' tracks, and cover artwork and naming loosely based off the subscription/catalog-exclusive titles. Additionally, the "Classic Country" series had special track single-CD versions of several of its volumes issued for retail sale (in addition to budget 3-CD sets).
Today, many of these series remain prized cornerstones of many consumers' music collections, and copies often appear on online sales sites such as eBay and Amazon, with rarer volumes often going for prices in the hundreds of dollars.
"Just take a look at what great subscription series Time-Life Music had to offer "
Known to be available, per the website Both Sides Now:
- "Great Music" (), focusing on classical music. Initial volumes focused on various eras of music, while later issues followed the great concerts.
- "As You Remember Them: The Great Instrumentals" (), sound-alike versions (mostly by the Billy May Orchestra) of easy-listening instrumentals of the s and s. One of the first to be offered in a choice of formats (vinyl LP, 8-track or cassette).
- "The Swing Era" (), a much better-received "sound-alike" series of big band and swing music, with recordings by the Billy May Orchestra and the Glen Grey Casa Loma Orchestra. Possibly the earliest series to be re-released on compact disc in the late s (although the sequencing was different).
- "The Great Men of Music" (), an updated series focusing on classical music, this time on the composers.
- "Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops Orchestra" (), music from the longtime conductor and orchestra.
- "Giants of Jazz" (), music from the great jazz entertainers, from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. Twenty-eight different performers were profiled through , and as an added bonus to the jazz connoisseur, each volume had an 8-byinch print suitable for framing.
- "American Musicals" (), music from the great musicals through the early s.
- "The Mozart Collection" (), music of the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- "The Metropolitan Centennial Collection of Great Opera" (), English translations of music from the world's greatest operas.
- "Great Performers" (), classical performers, mainly from the late 19th century onward. A related series, "Great Composers," was issued as part of a 2-disc CD series in the s.
- "Country Music" (), single-album series focusing on top country music artists. The first "budget series," with each album nine tracks (with variations of one either way depending on the volume).
- "Country and Western Classics" (), three-LP sets, some focusing on artists and others on trends or subjects.
- "Big Bands" (), two-LP sets focusing on popular music — mainly big bands and jazz — of the s and s. The performer-specific titles were issued on CD from ; with the exception of an album that focused on music of World War II, the "various artists" albums were not part of the CD reissue.
- "Great Ages of Music" (), an update to 's "Great Music" series. By now, paperback books were used rather than hardback books.
- "Legendary Singers" (), complement to the "Big Bands" series, focusing on popular music singers such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, etc. First popular music series (other than country) to extend into s. A number of titles were issued on CD both as part of the original series (around , when Time-Life began offering CDs) and again in the mids.
- "The Rock 'n' Roll Era" (), the series that changed Time-Life Music's fortunes and direction forever music of the mid-to-late s through early s that was popular with teenagers and young adults. Early volumes focused on year-by-year retrospectives and then general late s and early s, before shifting to stylistic trends. Interspersed were artist-specific volumes, focusing on the major artists of the time; artists and groups with their own CDs were The Beach Boys, Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley got two volumes.
- "Classic Rock" (), a piggyback on the "Rock 'n' Roll Era" series, this time focusing on music of
- "Your Hit Parade" (), completing the popular music picture of , this time focusing on easy-listening and non-rock popular music from the early s through mids.
- "Country U.S.A." (), one of the first important retrospectives of country music, focusing on the Golden Age (). Possibly the last series to have any of its volumes issued on vinyl LP.
- "Sounds Of the Seventies" (), music of the s decade. The first Time-Life series to never have known vinyl offerings (ergo be available only on compact disc or cassette), as other series in existence were known to still offer vinyl.
- "Super Hits" (), soft rock of the s and s. Later re-issued as "AM Gold."
- "Rhythm and Blues" (), R&B music from the mid s through s.
- "Contemporary Country" (), country music of the s through early s.
- "Time-Life's History of Rock and Roll" (), short-lived series about rock and roll music's history, moreso as a history of the genre rather than general entertainment.
- "Guitar Rock" (), classic rock and edgier pop music of the s through mids.
- "The Many Moods of Romance" (), easy-listening music supposedly meant to stoke intimate feelings.
- "Instrumental Favorites" (), another "intimate music" collection, this time of instrumental favorites.
- "Sounds Of the Eighties" (), music of (along with a few tunes that were released in November-December ). Several of the titles were issued under the "Rolling Stone Collection" umbrella and were available either separately or as part of the series.
- "Grooves" (), "magazine format" series focusing on alternative and folk music from up-and-coming artists and established legends.
- "Living the Blues" (), focusing on the history of blues music, from the s through the s.
- "Legendary Country Singers" (), single-disc CD series profiling a given legendary country artist or group. Twenty artists were featured over the life of the series, and each CD or double-cassette set (each having generally 25 tracks) had as its last track a previously-unissued (usually a very early recording from said artist) or "rare track" (such as, a critically acclaimed album track).
- "The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll" (), another packaging of music of late s and early s. The far-better received "Rock 'n' Roll Era" series was still going strong at this point, but this one had several tracks on each album the former series did not include and — although it did not include any British Invasion music — went deeper into the s (whereas Rock 'n' Roll Era generally stopped at ).
- "Body Talk" (), more intimate, adult contemporary music, this time extending into the s. This was the first series to have volumes issued on 2-disc CD (each having 12 tracks), although several single-disc volumes, generally of 18 songs, were issued.
- "The Elvis Presley Collection" (), Elvis, Elvis and more of the Kingnote (or so says Both Sides Now reviewers, who suggested that most Elvis fans (to whom this was targeting) already had most if not all Presley music that mattered). Each 2-CD set — each containing 30 songs — included as the last track on Disc 2 a "rare" or previously-unreleased track.
- "Classic Country" (), long-lived (and perhaps Time-Life's most popular ever of the genre) series on country music from the s through the s.
- "Modern Rock" (), edgier pop music of the s and early s as heard on what's today known as classic hits stations; no adult contemporary or crossover country here.
- "Glory Days Of Rock 'n' Roll" (), yet another repackaging of the old "Rock 'n' Roll Era" series (which was still going strong through subscription and individual volume sales, although by now, that series had been issued in its entirety). Best known for the "comic book"-style covers illustrating the concept of each volume and the CD labels taking on the appearance of a 45 RPM record.
- "The Singers and Songwriters Collection" (), adult contemporary music, largely from the s but extending from , focusing on the songwriters and the artists (although not necessarily the ones who wrote the songs) who recorded them.
- "The Fabulous Fifties" (), famously pitched by Regis Philbin, focusing on music of the s. In essence, it appeared there were nine unique song CDs (or cassettes, which were still available), three to each of the three original volumes in the box set, for a total of tracks. But, as Both Sides Now's commentary on the set pointed out, there may have been confusion with some customers as eventually retail versions were sold, of two, three and four CDs/cassettes each, and it took an expert shopper to be able to find each individual volume. Additionally, the original 9-CD box set had a 10th "bonus" volume, containing easy-listening/adult contemporary music of the early s.
- "Classic Rhythm & Blues" (), R&B music from the s through s.
"Call today and as a bonus, Time-Life Music will give you examples of these tropes "
- The Thrties, The '40s, The '50s, The '60s, The '70s, The '80s and The '90s: On the popular music-centric series, the timespan from which various series drew from. For the most part, as far as subscription series went, things stopped at the early s (although later CD sets Time-Life Music sold included music of the s and morerecent).
- Bonus Album: Various subscription series offers have included, to help entice sales, a "special" bonus album at no extra cost. Usually, this was a single-disc album from a stand-alone or related series that was the customer's to keep (for instance, the Classic Country series included, from the Legendary Singers series, the Hank Williams CD), although other token merchandise, ranging from T-shirts and coasters to special posters suitable for framing, etc., were included as well.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Early series had a different Time-Life logo, and focused primarily on music catering to conservative tastes. Additionally, early LP pressings of various series — most notably "The Rock 'n' Roll Era" — had slightly different tracks and incorrect versions (corrected for later pressings).
- Later Installment Weirdness: Starting with 's "Body Talk," volumes were issued as two-disc CDs, as opposed to a "double-length CD" of songs each.
- Nothing but Hits: All the essential songs and/or works of a year, artist or style profiled.
- One- and Two-Hit Wonders: Many are included throughout the country and pop/rock series. In some cases, entire volumes were made up of exclusively one-hit wonders.
- Operators Are Standing By: Especially in the era before online shopping, potential customers were given a phone number to call and advised to have credit card information at hand.
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