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Motown Goes Funky

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A neat duo of reissues is on the way later this month from Funkytown Grooves – two R&B women on Motown Records in the 1980s.

The label is prepping expanded reissues of Stacy Lattisaw’s Take Me All the Way (which spawned the Top 5 R&B and Dance hit “Nail It to the Wall”) and Set My Love in Motion, a 1981 LP by Syreeta Wright (the late ex-wife of Stevie Wonder). Each release will be accompanied by two 12″ single tracks each.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 12, 2010 at 22:37

Simon Officially Rhymin’ for Legacy in 2011

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Legacy Recordings just announced another big catalogue overhaul planned for 2011: Paul Simon’s catalogue is indeed getting a new reissue campaign next year.

Our own Joe Marchese reported in June that Simon had planned to move his back catalogue from Warner Bros. back to Columbia, the home of Simon & Garfunkel. And The Essential Paul Simon, a straight reissue of the 2007 Rhino compilation, was released a few weeks ago. But this is the first official confirmation from the label that something is coming.

We’re still not sure what that something exactly is just yet, although Legacy confirms that Rhino’s expanded remasters from 2004 will be the source for these upcoming discs. Of course, stay tuned for more as it comes. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 12, 2010 at 14:13

“Michael” Stays Away from the Vaults (Mostly)

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Sony has released the track list for upcoming Michael Jackson posthumous album Michael, and…it’s exactly what you’d expect. The estate and Sony are starting small, focusing on tunes Jackson recorded after 2001’s Invincible, likely an attempt to sound as “new” as possible. (Never mind the fact that Michael’s material from as long as 40 years ago sounds fresher than his material from, say, a decade ago.)

That said, there’s a few songs to be included on the disc that definitely come from some of the richer periods in Michael’s career. The album’s penultimate track, “Behind the Mask,” was originally recorded by Japanese group Yellow Magic Orchestra and subsequently covered by Eric Clapton and Greg Phillinganes, the famed session keyboardist who contributed to Thriller (Jackson added lyrics to Phillinganes’ version, which will likely be the basis for this tune). “Much Too Soon” was written around the Thriller era (as Jackson testified in a 1993 copyright infringement case) and may have evolved into “Gone Too Soon” from the Dangerous album in 1991.

Otherwise, a few tracks have leaked before, namely “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day,” which features Lenny Kravitz, and “Hold My Hand,” a duet with Akon that will be released as the first official single on Monday. The estate also recently released an open letter doing their best to assure fans that Jackson indeed sang on “Breaking News,” released earlier this week as a teaser for the album.

The new press release is here; read the full track list after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 12, 2010 at 13:49