UPDATE: Morris Day, Label Make Peace Over ‘The Time’ Reissue
After saying he had a "serious problem" with a planned reissue of the Time's debut album, Morris Day reported that the label involved has "vowed to make this situation... right," and declared himself "very pleased with the call."
In a since-deleted Instagram post earlier today, Day expressed displeasure over not being contacted about the reissue plans. "The power of the people!!!" began his new post. "Thank you all for your love and support.. Rhino Records [and] Warner Records reached out to both myself and manager this afternoon - and vowed to make this situation regarding 'The Time' 40th anniversary album right. I was very pleased with the call. Stay tuned..."
The original story follows below.
Morris Day has a "serious problem" with an upcoming 40th anniversary reissue of the Time's self-titled album.
"So apparently [Rhino Records], a division of [Warner Music], is reissuing The Time['s] 1981 debut LP celebrating 40 years," the singer wrote Tuesday on Instagram. "Interesting enough, no one from Rhino or Warner Music thought it was a good idea to reach out to me or any of the fellas regarding this reissue. I got a serious problem with that…[Let's] see how this plays out."
In a comment on that post, Day elaborated about his disappointment, writing, "So much could have gone behind this reissue of The Time album…fun facts, commentary, mini-documentary, 'REUNION' PERFORMANCE of said album, etc." Tagging the Rhino and Warner Instagram accounts directly, he added, "But y'all really dropped the ball on this one. #notcool"
Apollonia Kotero, co-star of the Purple Rain film and lead singer of the Prince-formed girl group Apollonia 6, commented, "Join the club, my brother."
The Time was produced and largely written by Prince (under the name Jamie Starr). He also performed almost all of the instruments and backing vocals, with Day handling the leads. The album, which reached No. 50 on the Billboard 200, spawned three singles: "Get It Up," "Cool" and "Girl."
The reissue — out July 16 as part of Rhino's expanded celebration of Black Music Month — will mark the record's first vinyl issue since the original release. The red and white two-LP package includes a bonus disc featuring original single edits of five tracks (with "Cool" appearing in two parts).