Music News — May 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Lenny Kravitz ‘Mama Said’ remastered and expanded for deluxe edition to be released June 1


2CD & Digital Album Adds 21 Bonus Tracks to Original 1991 Album, Including 15 Previously Unreleased Recordings from Kravitz’s Personal Archive

Lenny Kravitz’s 1991 album, Mama Said, has been digitally remastered and expanded for a special Deluxe Edition to be released on June 1st by Virgin/EMI.  The 2CD and digital album adds 21 bonus tracks to the album’s original line-up, including 15 previously unreleased recordings from Kravitz’s personal archive (see track listing below).

By 1991, a good part of the world was already under the spell of Lenny Kravitz’s psychedelic brand of rock by way of his 1989 debut Let Love Rule.  Kravitz returned with a groundbreaking album, Mama Said, a collection that took the listener on a musical journey filled with brutally honest recounts of love, failures, hope, spirituality and acceptance. It notably featured a resounding 7 singles, including several definitive Kravitz classics such as “Always On The Run” and “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over.”

Among the Deluxe Edition’s previously unreleased recordings are several unfinished songs from the Mama Said album sessions, as well as home demos from late in the Let Love Rule era, which would later be finished for inclusion on Mama Said. Others, including “Riding On The Wings Of My Lord” and “Framed, Lying, Crying,” would not be released in any form – until now.  Also included is the previously unreleased “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over” remix 12” (sides A and B) and an unissued five-song live EP recorded in Rotterdam during the Mama Said tour.  Official live and studio B-sides are also included, completing the commemorative reissue of this epic classic album.

Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said (Deluxe Edition) [2CD, Digital]
* = Previously unreleased

1. Fields of Joy
2. Always on the Run
3. Stand by My Woman
4. It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over
5. More Than Anything in This World
6. What Goes Around Comes Around
7. The Difference Is Why
8. Stop Draggin’ Around
9. Flowers For Zoe
10. Fields of Joy (Reprise)
11. All I Ever Wanted
12. When the Morning Turns to Night
13. What The …. Are We Saying?
14. Butterfly
15. Light Skin Girl From London
16. I’ll Be Around
17. Always On The Run (Instrumental)
18. It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over (12” Remix Instrumental)*
19. It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over (12″ Extended/Dub version)*

1. Riding On The Wings Of My Lord (Rough Demo)*
2. It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over (Home Demo)*
3. What The …. Are We Saying (Home Demo) *
4. The Difference Is Why (Home Demo)*
5. Riding On The Wings Of My Lord (Funky Vocal)*
6. Riding On The Wings Of My Lord (Instrumental)*
7. Framed, Lying, Crying (Instrumental Segue)*
8. Stand By My Woman (Instrumental)*
9. Stop Draggin’ Around (Live in Rotterdam)*
10. Always On The Run (Live in Rotterdam)*
11. Fields Of Joy (Live in Rotterdam)*
12. Stand By My Woman (Live in Rotterdam)*
13. More Than Anything In This World (Live in Rotterdam)*
14. Always On The Run (live in Japan)
15. Stop Draggin’ Around (live in Japan)
16. What The… Are We Saying? (live in Japan)
* * *

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into a 20-year musical career, one which revels in the influences of ’60s and ’70s soul, rock and funk. In that time, Kravitz has sold nearly 40 million albums worldwide and won four GRAMMY Awards. The artist’s multiple talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist have resonated through nine studio albums into a timeless catalog. In addition to the Mama Said – Deluxe Edition, Lenny Kravitz recently released his ninth studio album Black and White America, a rock and funk-infused collection. He is currently on a world tour, visiting stadiums across Europe and Russia over the coming months following his run of Australian arena shows earlier this year.


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