Acoustic Sounds
Rhino's High Fidelity Series Releases "His Band and The Street Choir" and "Word of Mouth"
By: Michael Fremer

August 12th, 2023



"His Band and the Street Choir" and "Word of Mouth" Next Up From Rhino's High Fidelity Series

limited to 5000 copies and

Rhino's next two releases in the "High Fidelity" series were announced yesterday. They are Van Morrison's "His Band and the Street Choir" and Jaco Pastorius's "Word of Mouth". Both are available today exclusively at and internationally at select WMG stores. Each release is limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies and priced at $39.98.

As with the previous two superb sounding reissues from The Cars and John Coltrane, Kevin Gray cut lacquers sourced directly from the original master tapes, and Optimal in Germany plated and pressed on 180g vinyl. The gatefold jackets include bonus material. The Van includes notes by the record's engineer Eliott Scheiner, while Ricky Shultz, who signed Jaco to Warner Bros. contributes to the Word of Mouth reissue

Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth.In other news: I feel it necessary to report that more than a few readers who purchased one or both of the first two High Fidelity Releases, received them with damaged jackets due to shipping and less than adequate packaging. Obtaining replacement was not as easy as it should have been. Let's hope Rhino has improved the shipping containers because both of these are worthy reissue titles.


  • 2023-08-13 09:22:02 AM

    Lemon Curry wrote:

    I picked up the phenomenal Cars reissue a few months back. I've already placed an order for the Van Morrison. Life is more than AP UHQR's or MoFi One Steps - Rhino is doing something quietly spectacular here.

    • 2023-08-13 06:28:30 PM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      Not a fan of most of the one-steps

  • 2023-08-15 11:48:39 AM

    Tom wrote:

    Love Rhino but their mail order packaging is terrible and communication is nearly non existent. Just got the exclusive Doors release, it was folded like a taco.

  • 2023-08-17 02:49:50 PM

    Victor Vargas wrote:

    I got the Cars LP and I had a dent in the jacket. LP itself is amazing.