Elektra Records rises again: The return of an iconic record label
Elektra Records had a pretty solid run in between being founded in 1950 by soon-to-be-legendary record man Jac Holzman and being shuttered in 2004 as part of a merger with Atlantic Records. Now that story is getting another chapter: Atlantic announced today that effective immediately, Elektra is once again a functioning label under its corporate umbrella. Signees to the reincarnated Elektra, which is being run by Fueled By Ramen founder John Janick and Atlantic A&R exec Mike Caren, include Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo, French electro mavens Justice, and U.K. dance-pop sensation Little Boots. That’s a fairly eclectic lineup, but it’s nothing compared to the label’s wide-ranging history. Over the years Elektra has been home to everyone from folkies like Phil Ochs and Judy Collins to cutting-edge rockers like the Doors, Love, and the Stooges, to hip-hop innovators like Missy Elliott — and that’s just a small sampling.
So what do you hope the new Elektra will do with the name? Personally, I’m hoping they can reissue the unconscionably out-of-print Phil Ochs In Concert, though I’m not sure what the rights situation is there. Check out a vintage clip of Ochs playing that album’s “There But For Fortune” below, then weigh in.