HistoryWelcome to Versailles Records home on the web! Celebrating our 13th year in business, the label founded over a decade ago in 1999, and wouldn't you know it, recently discovered we have our very own lil ole Wikipedia profile some rock fan posted! Pleasantly, everything they have to say is dead on, including the fact that the label has been distributed nationally by Big Daddy Music Distribution/MVD since early 2001, has sold over a hundred thousand albums, including the popular 'Millennium Tribute' series. Owned and operated by music biographer Jake Brown, who founded the label in 1999, Versailles Records primarily focuses in the genre of hard rock. Most of the label's production work is done in-house, with Versailles artist and music supervisor Richard Kendrick (lead guitarist for Straitjacket Smile, and Near Live Experience) playing a primary role in the production of the label's signature 'Millennium Tribute' series. Kendrick and Brown mix the majority of the label's releases with longtime collaborator engineer Joe Viers, owner of Sonic Lounge Studios in Columbus, OH. While the company has also sought to feature a wide array of unsigned, up and coming artists on its tribute albums over the years, often paired with name players from the 80s and early 90s rock/meyal heyday. The label was also the first to offer fans' bonus samplers as a free 2nd CD featuring all original compositions by unsigned, up and coming Millennium rock and metal bands, often who were derivatively influenced by the band the Tribute is focused on (i.e. Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Stone Temple Pilots, etc).
Over the course of tributes celebrating every sub-genre of rock, from Bon Jovi, Kiss, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, The Cult, Buckcherry, and others. On these records and others, we have featured principle players from every of the biggest rock and metal acts on our catalog of over 40 releases, including current/former members of such legendary bands as AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Megadeth, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Prince & the Revolution, Alice Cooper Band, Dio, The Cult, Motley Crue, Bride, Petra, Rainbow, Skid Row, Poison, Faith No More, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Quiet Riot, Foreigner, Stryper, Transiberrian Orchestra, Ratt, WASP, Deep Purple, as well as mainstream pop artists including recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, late Canadian guitar legend Jeff Healey, Alannah Myles, Tiffany, Deniece Williams, and Jane Child among many others. Our catalog also includes the U.S. rights on T. Rex lead singer Marc Bolan's solo LP 'You Scare Me to Death' and legendary Goth pioneers Alien Sex Fiend's 'The Singles- 1983-1995', along with solo debuts from such eclectic solo artists as Jasy Andrews (who among other talents has been vocal coach to current Season 10 American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina) and whose debut LP 'Little Girl' was hailed by many critics including CelebrityCafe.com's conclusing that "in a business that changes every 15 minutes, Andrews shows that she has staying power." Other talented artists we've had the privledge of releasing albums with over the past decade include rising Canadian rockers One Bad Son's first two studio LPs, Richard Kendrick's concept LP 'Murder & the F Word', and the Greatest Hits LP from all-star Christian rockers Liberty Justice (which featured cuts with Lou Gramm from Foreigner, members of Petra, Bride, Guardian and Stryper, Sebastian Bach, Grammy/Dove winner Bob Carlisle, etc).
In 2011, Versailles Records' released 'Rock & Roll Train: A Millennium Tribute to AC/DC,' featuring current/former members of featuring current/former members of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Megadeth, Fuel, Alice Cooper Band, Lizzy Borden, Foghat, Adler's Appetite, Metal Church, The Firm, Freakshow, the Circle Jerks, Mountain, Brides of Destruction, Love/Hate, Brother Cane, Uriah Heep, Asia, Warrant, LA Guns, etc, and 'The Chronic 2011: A Millennium Tribute to the Songs of Dr. Dre,' the most current and definitive tribute to a living legend who Rolling Stone has praised as " the single most influential producer in hip-hop history." The album's artist roster features multi-platinum West Coast rap legend Spice 1, Domino, MC Eght, Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson from HBO's The Wire, Bronx Style Bob, members of Bone Thugz N Harmony, members of 2Pac's Thug Life clique, Rose Reiter, Chancellor Warhol, Rev Jones of Fuel, and others to be announced covering hits from every era of Dre's 25 years as a multi-platinum hitmaker with the likes of Snoop Dogg, NWA, Ice Cube, DOC, Eminem, Mary J Blige, and solo successes The Chronic, The Chronic 2001, and the forthcoming Detox.
In 2012, Versailles Records returned to a focus on hard rock and metal, beginning with 'No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne- 1971-2012,' a 3-CD first "definitive" tibute to Ozzy Osbourne's 40-year reign as the Prince of Darkness over the ever-thriving heavy metal genre he helped invent. Features rock and metal superstars and many of the hottest rock and metal bands on the rise from around the globe covering Ozzy's BLACK SABBATH and entire solo catalog performed in full-length, hit by hit chronological order over the course of a three-CD set. Featuring appearances from Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Stu Hamm (STEVE VAI band), Gregg Bissonette (JOE SATRIANI, SPINAL TAP, DAVID LEE ROTH), Derrick LeFevre (LILLIAN AXE), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER, VINNIE VINCENT INVASION), Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER, OZZY OSBOURNE), Gary Moon (THREE DOG NIGHT, NIGHT RANGER), Eric Singer (KISS, BLACK SABBATH, BADLANDS, THE CULT), Paul Taylor (WINGER), Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, L.A. GUNS, RATT), Richard Kendrick (NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE), and others!!
Positive feedback from up and coming Millennium rock bands thus far include:
"I think its a killer package. Looking forward to the other ones. I like the booklet." - Fierce Atmospheres
"Got the CDs...They look and sound great!" - Santagata
"Got the Ozzy cds, just so you know, they look fantastic!" - Leaving Eden "It came out really well and happy with the outcome." - Shadow God
"They look great!" - Kingshifter
"The CD looks great!" - Sage4
In September, the label released 'Take Your Whiskey Home: A Millennium Tribute to Van Halen - 1978 - 1984,' featuring current/former members of Jeff Scott Soto (Journey), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne Band / Badlands), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath / Heaven & Hell / DIO), Rowan Robertson (DIO), American Dog (ftring members of Dangerous Toys / Salty Dog), and others including a number of hot Millennium rock acts including Leaving Eden, Takara, Richard Kendrick, Electric Sister, Iconic Tonic, Bugsy Parker, Erling Solem, Inside Moves, Touch 2 Much, Steve Pugh, Adventures of Leonid, Fair Warning, MYSTIC FORCE, American Hellbilly, Skyscreamers, Lee Thompson, Fan Halen, Marko Pukkila, Andy Endberg, Martian Honey, Fran and the Love Buzzards, Sinful Lilly, and Loaded Gun.
Also slated for release in the near future are all-star tributes including:
'Two Minutes to Midnight: A Millennium Tribute to Iron Maiden'
'Puppet Masters: A Millennium Tribute to Metallica's Greatest Hits - 1983-2013'
'Love Me Like a Bomb: A Millennium Tribute to Def Leppard'
'Still of the Night: A Millennium Tribute to Whitesnake'
'Deuces are Wild: A Millennium Tribute to Aerosmith's Greatest Hits - 1971- 2012'
'Black Dog: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Hits'
'Down at the Whiskey: A Millennium Tribute to Motley Crue - 1981 - 2012'
'Guitar Wizards Vol. 1'
'Radio Rock Vol. 1'
and 'Rock N Roll All Nite: A Tribute to Kiss's Greatest Hits - 1974-2013'