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Oldies 29/08/2018

Lenny Kravitz Rules With 180-gram Vinyl Reissue Series

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Lenny Kravitz Rules With 180-gram Vinyl Reissue Series
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Lenny Kravitz's first five albums - 1989's Let Love Rule, 1991's Mama Said, 1993's Are You Gonna Go My Way, 1995's Circus, and 1998's 5 - will be honoured with an extensive vinyl reissue campaign courtesy of Virgin/Ume/Universal Music, with each release appearing on 2LP 180-gram black vinyl in addition to individualized limited-edition, colour variants.

Both the 2LP reissues and colour variants for Mama Said, Are You Gonna Go My Way, Circus, and 5 are all scheduled to drop on September 21, while Let Love Rule will kick off its 30th anniversary in style on November 30. Four of the five double-LP reissues also feature exceptional non-album tracks, many of them appearing on vinyl for the very first time.

No two colour-variants are the same, as Let Love Rule is 50/50 semi-transparent brown and yellow, Mama Said is marbled white and gray, Are You Gonna Go My Way is transparent red and transparent purple, Circus is solid white and transparent clear, and 5 is solid orange and solid white.

Each album in this series exhibits the ongoing evolution of Kravitz's considerable talents as a multifaceted singer, songwriter, producer, and guitar player. Let Love Rule established the template for Kravitz's exploratory nature as an artist, as evidenced by the elegiac buildup of the title track and the poignant social commentary of "Mr. Cab Driver", a song as relevant today as it was when it was released 30 years ago. The complete 13-track album will be issued on vinyl for the first time.

Mama Said continued the thread, with the mid-tempo ballad "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" (a No. 2 hit single featuring the Phenix Horns, of Earth, Wind & Fire fame) and the soul-drenched "Always On The Run" (with a killer guest guitar turn from Slash) leading the charge. Are You Gonna Go My Way sealed Kravitz's wide-ranging appeal, thanks to the abject ferocity of the title track and the international chart hit "Heaven Help". On its 25th anniversary, the album will be available on commercial vinyl for the first time and includes eight bonus tracks on vinyl for the first time.

Meanwhile, Circus, now on vinyl for the first time in the U.S., continued the man's climb with the undeniable punch of "Rock And Roll Is Dead", while 5 took Kravitz to newer heights with the universal yearning of "Fly Away" which topped the Singles charts in the United Kingdom as well as reaching No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts in the United States. "Fly Away" also earned Kravitz a Grammy® Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the album will be on vinyl for the first time ever.

Many of the key songs from these five albums will be featured during Kravitz's current Raise Vibration Tour 2018, which comes to the United States this fall following a highly successful spring and summer run in Europe and abroad.

Lenny Kravitz LET LOVE RULE [2LP 180-gram vinyl]
A1. Sittin' On Top Of The World
A2. Let Love Rule
A3. Freedom Train

B1. My Precious Love
B2. I Built This Garden For Us
B3. Fear

C1. Does Anybody Out There Even Care
C2. Mr. Cab Driver
C3. Rosemary
C4. Be

D1. Blues For Sister Someone**
D2. Empty Hands**
D3. Flower Child**
**original CD album tracks on vinyl for the first time

Lenny Kravitz MAMA SAID [2LP 180-gram vinyl]

A1. Fields Of Joy
A2. Always On The Run
A3. Stand By My Woman

B1. It Ain't Over Til It's Over
B2. More Than Anything In This World
B3. What Goes Around Comes Around

C1. The Difference Is Why
C2. Stop Draggin' Around
C3. Flowers For Zoë
C4. Fields Of Joy (Reprise)

D1. All I Ever Wanted
D2. When The Morning Turns To Night
D3. What The …. Are We Saying?
D4. Butterfly

Lenny Kravitz ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY [2LP 180-gram vinyl]
A1. Are You Gonna Go My Way
A2. Believe
A3. Come On And Love Me
A4. Heaven Help
A5. Just Be A Woman
A6. Is There Any Love In Your Heart

B1. Black Girl
B2. My Love
B3. Sugar
B4. Sister
B5. Eleutheria

C1. Ascension**
C2. Brother**
C3. Heaven Help (Acoustic Version)**
C4. All My Life**

D1. Someone Like You**
D2. Sister (Live)**
D3. For The First Time**
D4. Believe (Acoustic Version)**
**denotes bonus tracks from CD promo disc, on vinyl for the first time

Lenny Kravitz CIRCUS [2LP 180-gram vinyl]
A1. Rock And Roll Is Dead
A2. Circus
A3. Beyond The 7th Sky
A4. Tunnel Vision

B1. Can't Get You Off My Mind
B2. Magdalene
B3. God Is Love
B4. Thin Ice

C1. Don't Go And Put A Bullet In Your Head
C2. In My Life Today
C3. The Resurrection

D1. Another Life**
D2. Confused**
D3. Is It Me, Or Is It You?**
**denotes bonus tracks

Lenny Kravitz 5 [2LP 180-gram vinyl]
A1. Live
A2. Supersoulfighter
A3. I Belong To You
A4. Black Velveteen
B1. If You Can't Say No
B2. Thinking Of You
B3. Take Time

C1. Fly Away
C2. It's Your Life
C3. Straight Cold Player
C4. Little Girl's Eyes

D1. You're My Flavor
D2. Can We Find A Reason?
D3. American Woman**
D4. Without You**
**denotes bonus tracks

About Lenny Kravitz:
Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influenced of the '60s and '70s, this writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive Grammy® Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category. In addition, to his ten studio albums, which have sold 40 million worldwide, this multidimensional artist has segued into film, appearing as Cinna in the box-office hits, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Kravitz can also be seen in the critically-acclaimed films Precious and The Butler. His creative firm Kravitz Design Inc. touts an impressive portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes hotel properties, condominium projects, private residences, and high-end legendary brands like Rolex, Leica and Dom Perignon. Lenny's new studio album, Raise Vibration, is set for release on September 7th.

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