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Manhattan Rides The Range – Atlantic's Rarest Country Records

Pete Grendysa, DISCoveries, September 1998

NOW CELEBRATING 50 years in business, the Atlantic Record Company is submerged in the corporate swamp of an entertainment megalith. It didn't start out that way. In 1947 two jazz and blues enthusiasts, Herb Abramson and Ahmet Ertegun, cobbled together a new independent label – one of several dozen started that year. Atlantic survived and prospered, and eventually became a world leader in rock, soul, and rhythm & blues.

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