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Byline: Dan DeLuca
Would you like a little Ray Charles with your mocha frappuccino? Perhaps a taste of Alanis Morissette to take the edge off that espresso? Or maybe a shot of Bob Dylan to go with a double tall soy no-foam latte?
They're moving more than just macchiatos at Starbucks. Come Aug. 30, Dylan's "Live at the Gaslight," a previously unreleased 1962 live recording, will be available exclusively at the java joints for 18 days. And Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" has just ended a six-week Starbucks-only run during which it sold 170,000 copies.
The Seattle-based coffee merchant, which sold its first Blue Note Records jazz compilation in 1995, is flexing its marketing muscle by providing the very thing that the beleaguered music industry has been so desperate to find: a new outlet where music fans will eagerly spend their money on full-length, full-price CDs.
With "Genius Loves Company," the posthumous Ray Charles duets album that won eight Grammys, Starbucks made it …