The 20th Anniversary 12" vinyl edition of Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite includes a pair of revelatory new essays: 1) an appreciation of Maxwell and his music by noted R&B scholar, music/culture critic, journalist and filmmaker Nelson George; and 2) a behind-the-scenes reminiscence on the making of Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite penned by music industry veteran Mitchell Cohen, who, as Senior Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records, signed Maxwell to the label and helped shepherd the music from raw concept to full realization.
Nelson George calls Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, "a musical landmark that began the career of one of pop music's finest voices," while Mitchell Cohen still marvels at the first time he heard Maxwell's music on an embryonic demo tape: "....it got under my skin; I heard echoes of music that I'd grown up with and loved, early Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, some of the great R&B and doo wop singers like Clyde McPhatter, Pookie Hudson and Lee Andrews. And the music was slinky and sexy. It made unexpected twists, had a seductive pulse. The tape said 'Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite,' and I had no idea who this Maxwell was, but I thought I should find out."
Maxwell, an iconic singer-songwriter-performer, began redefining classic soul music for a new generation with the release of his critically-acclaimed debut on Columbia Records in April 1996. Fueled in part by the RIAA gold single, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)," and other hits including "Sumthin' Sumthin'" and the classic "Whenever Wherever Whatever," Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite picked up a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album and went on to achieve US double platinum status in 2002.
In July 2009, the modern R&B and soul master debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with his long-awaited BLACKsummers'night, one of the year's most heavily-anticipated event albums. BLACKsummers'night was certified platinum on January 19, 2010.
Maxwell also returned to the top of the nation's singles charts in 2009 when "Pretty Wings," the first single from BLACKsummers'night, rocketed to the #1 slot on America's Urban Adult radio stations less than eight weeks after its release after completing an earlier run as the nation's #1 Greatest Gainer/Most-Added song at the Urban Mainstream format. "Pretty Wings" peaked in the #1 slot of Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart. BLACKsummers'night reached #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums chart while "Pretty Wings" hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Singles chart. A second single, "Bad Habits" became a Top 5 hit.
With BLACKsummers'night, his first studio album in eight years, Maxwell took home his first two Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (for "Pretty Wings," a 2010 Song of the Year nominee) as well as his first NAACP Image Award (as 2010's Outstanding Male Artist).
The Legacy Recordings limited edition 12" 150gram vinyl Maxwell reissues follow in the wake of the release, on July 1, of BlackSUMMERS'night (Columbia Records), Maxwell's fifth studio album and the artist's first release in seven years. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, entered the Billboard 200 at #3 and is already generating widespread critical acclaim and fan support.
The multi-platinum soul singer is set to embark on a tour with Mary J. Blige for the first time ever on the co-headlining 'The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour,' playing arenas nationwide. The U.S. Leg of Tour kicks off Saturday, November 5th at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena and will follow on the heels of a dozen European dates in October. More dates here: http://www.musze.com/tour.html
Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite - 2LP 12" Metallic Gold 150gram Vinyl
The Urban Theme
Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
...Til the Cops Come Knockin'
Whenever Wherever Whatever
Lonely's the Only Company (I & II)
Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)
The Suite Theme
BLACKsummer'snight - 12" Metallic Silver 150gram Vinyl