Digital label X5 Music Group has released Plantation Records: The Singles Set series, featuring six albums of remastered material from the classic country label.
Founded by Shelby Singleton (later owner of Sun Records), Plantation Records is known for the Jeannie C. Riley smash “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” a No. 1 in 1968. Plantation also released recordings by Hank Locklin, Jimmie Davis, and Carol Channing among others.
The Singles Set collection, available on iTunes and Amazon, also includes over 30 singles that have never been released digitally. Included among those are Webb Pierce’s “Good Lord Giveth and Uncle Sam Taketh Away” from 1975, and Linda Martell’s “Color Him Father” from 1969.
“In creating custom digital products from the catalog licensed from Sun Entertainment, we were pleasantly surprised to find some great tracks from the Plantation Records catalog that have never been released digitally,” says Scott Ambrose Reilly, North American C.E.O of X5 Music Group. “There are so many gems in the Sun Entertainment catalog, many of which have only been heard on vinyl or collector’s box sets. X5’s model is all about helping people discover music they will enjoy, and we know people would appreciate these singles if properly presented to them.”
X5 initially debuted as a leader in classical music, but has since signed licensing deals with Cooking Vinyl, Welk Music Group, and OneRPM.