DIANA ROSS - EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING
Just released on June 17 is a Diana Ross 38-year-old second album "Everything Is Everything" that is finally getting a CD upgrade, complete with bonus tracks and alternate versions of several tracks. The Hip-O-Select/Motown release contains the album's original 11 songs, plus a previously-unreleased cover of the Beatles' "Something," alternate versions of "Ain't No Sad Song" and "Baby It's Love," as well as remixes of "Come Together" and "I'm Still Waiting." Also included is a never-before-released cover of "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from the film "The Happy Ending." "Everything Is Everything" was originally released back in 1970, the same year as her self-titled solo debut, but it failed to yield a hit single as big as her No. 1 pop hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." However, "I'm Still Waiting" reached No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, and Ross' cover of Aretha Franklin's "I Love You (Call Me)" was nominated for a Grammy. Diana Ross will be on tour in North America throughout the summer.
EDDY GRANT - THE VERY BEST OF EDDY GRANT: ROAD TO REPARATION
Mercury is set to release an 11-track ‘The Very Best Of Eddy Grant: Road To Reparation” for Eddy Grant. The album is scheduled for release on July 1 and will contain the UK chart hit “Gimme Hope Jo’anna,” ‘Do You Feel My Love,” “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and “Living On The Frontline.”
VERVE ORIGINALS SERIES
Verve is re-issuing a series of past releases from Walter Beasley, Norman Brown, George Duke, and Will Downing. These will be re-released as part of their ‘Originals’ series. The Walter Beasley CD, simply entitled Walter Beasley, will include a bonus track which is a 12” remix of the original album track called “I’m So Happy.” The other titles are “Just Between Us” from Norman Brown, “A Dream Fulfilled” from Will Downing, and “Faces In Reflection” from George Duke. The release date is July 1.
NICK COLIONNE - NO LIMITS
Nick Colionne's new album, “No Limits”, arrives July 8th on Koch Records. His previous CD was “Keepin' It Cool”, which featured the smash smooth jazz single "Always Thinking Of You."Blue Note is preparing a batch of reissues set for release on July 22. Look out for the following releases: Fancy Dancer (Bobbi Humphrey); Set Us Free (Reuben Wilson); Heritage (Eddie Henderson); Elegant Soul, and Soul Symphony (The Three Sounds); and Howlin' for Judy (Jeremy Steig).
DAVID SANBORN - HERE AND GONE
Saxophonist David Sanborn will release “Here And Gone” on August 12th. The Decca Records release will feature several special guests, including Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Sam Moore, Derek Trucks, Anthony Wilson, Steve Gadd, and Christian McBride will also add their skills to the set. ”Here And Gone” is David Sanborn's tribute to such '60s R&B-oriented jazz musicians as Hank Crawford and David "Fathead" Newman and was produced by Phil Ramone.
THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTIONS
Also watch for Definitive Collection series titles for the following artists: Diana Ross & the Supremes; The Four Tops; Gladys Knight & The Pips; Jr Walker & The All-Stars; DeBarge; Martha Reeves & The Vandellas; The Marvelettes; Mary Wells; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles; and The Temptations. These are out August 26.
NATALIE COLE - STILL UNFORGETTABLE
Grammy winner Natalie Cole will release “Still Unforgettable” on September 9th, 17 years after releasing “Unforgettable...With Love”, the album of American Songbook standards that included a duet with her late father, Nat "King" Cole. That album sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and earned Natalie five Grammy Awards. The new CD will be released and marketed through a co-venture between Cole, DMI Music, and Rhino/WEA. “Still Unforgettable” will feature 14 new tunes, including "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Nice 'N' Easy," and "Something's Gotta Give." The set includes another duet between Cole and her father on his hit "Walking My Baby Back Home" thanks to audio technology. Natalie Cole’s most recent album was “Leavin'”, released in 2006 on Verve. That project found Cole singing a range of '60 and '70s pop and R&B hits.
PATTI AUSTIN - THE SECRET GARDEN
Patti Austin is set to make a cameo appearance on the new CD by singer, songwriter and longtime friend Seidiah Garrett’s next CD. She’s performing on one of the album's tracks: a remake of the all-star ballad "The Secret Garden." The original version of "The Secret Garden" first appeared on Quincy Jones' 1989 album and featured performances by Barry White, El DeBarge, and others.producer of a record. So the whole day's work was about how to approach that lyric, how to make the song believable, and how to make it sound each time that you sing it... how to make it sound like it's just a thought that just popped into your head and you're having this conversation."