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Oldies 07/12/2019

Little Steven Looks Back On Solo Career And Opens Personal Musical Vault With Rocknroll Rebel - The Early Work Available Now

Little Steven Looks Back On Solo Career And Opens Personal Musical Vault With Rocknroll Rebel - The Early Work Available Now

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) For the first time, Little Steven's pioneering early solo career albums have been collected together in a new boxed set, RockNRoll Rebel - The Early Work via Wicked Cool/UMe/Universal Music, which includes all of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's solo records between 1982 and 1999, as well as the landmark protest album, Sun City, by Artists United Against Apartheid, the supergroup of musicians brought together by Little Steven aka Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker to fight racial injustice in South Africa. RockNRoll Rebel - The Early Work is available today exclusively via uDiscover HERE.

Limited to just 1,000 copies, the bespoke slipcase multi-format set includes remastered editions of five long-out-of-print classic albums - Men Without Women (1982), Voice Of America (1983), Sun City (1985), Freedom - No Compromise (1987), Revolution (1989) and the vinyl debut of Born Again Savage (1999) - across seven-colored vinyl LPs. The comprehensive collection also boasts four CDs of rarities culled from Van Zandt's personal vault, allowing an in-depth look at his early solo career with 51 tracks spanning previously unreleased demos, B-sides, rehearsals, outtakes, radio spots, non-album singles, classic concert performances, and a number of never-before-heard studio gems, complete with corresponding liner notes from Van Zandt about each of the bonus tracks. The collection also marks the first time Revolution is available on vinyl in the U.S., having previously only been released in Europe.

"It's been a blast going through the archives and finding all these hidden gems," says Van Zandt. "In addition to demos in various stages of completion, there are entire songs I'd completely forgotten about, and we found some really early things pre-Jukes like Southside Johnny and the Kid (the kid being me!). I'm excited to have my stuff back on vinyl for the first time in decades!"

In addition, all the albums included in the box are now available digitally as deluxe editions, expanding each album with the same rare and unreleased tracks from the era that make up the four discs of rarities in the physical collection.

Sun City, which has never been available digitally, has been expanded with four bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased "Soweto Nights," described by Van Zandt in the liners as "a phenomenal track seemingly composed at the session (as far as I know) by Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, who we brought in to improvise along with what Miles Davis had laid down ('The Struggle Continues')," and "The Struggle Continues (Extra Miles Davis Version)" which includes an additional six minutes of Davis performing. It also features the extended "Sun City (Last Remix)" and its B-side "Not So Far Away (Dub Mix)" from the rare UK 12" single. Also now available digitally is the rare 1985 three-song 12" EP, Let Me See Your I.D., with the Extended Mix, Street Mix and Beat and Scratch Mix of the Sun City track that brought together an international cadre of artists which included Gil Scott-Heron, Miles Davis, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Peter Wolf, Kurtis Blow, Scorpio, The Fat Boys, Sonny Okosuns and Duke Bootee for a song to protest South Africa's mandatory I.D. "Pass Laws," imposed by the apartheid regime. Van Zandt is donating all artist and publishing royalties from Sun City to the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation for the TeachRock.org music history curriculum.

A special digital only album dubbed The Early Work, which collects 10 previously unreleased tracks of early rehearsals and live performances with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes spanning 1973-77, is also now available. It's capped off with a live performance from 1995 of The Temptations' "I Wish It Would Rain." All albums can be streamed/downloaded below.

MEN WITHOUT WOMEN
VOICE OF AMERICA
FREEDOM NO COMPROMISE
REVOLUTION
BORN AGAIN SAVAGE
SUN CITY
THE EARLY WORK
LET ME SEE YOUR I.D.

In conjunction with RockNRoll Rebel, a limited edition standalone 144-page, 12" x 12" companion book is in the works featuring Van Zandt's in-depth liner notes and memories and stories about the making of each album, lyrics to every song and hundreds of never-before-seen photos. It will be available for preorder soon.

Host of the long-running syndicated radio show "Little Steven's Underground Garage" and the incredibly popular SiriusXM channel of the same name, Little Steven will explore four examples of what he calls "Wisdom Art," art that can only be made by artists that have been around for a while, on this weekend's show. He will delve into Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars, Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," and the Who's new song, "All This Music Must Fade." The show airs on over 100 stations in the United States, over 100 countries worldwide, and is excerpted on Van Zandt's SiriusXM Channel 21.

To coincide with the release of RockNRoll Rebel, Van Zandt has been making select videos from his early career available on his official YouTube channel for the first time as well as offering up a ton of other visuals from the era.
As Van Zandt looks back on his early solo career with the release of RockNRoll Rebel - The Early Work, the creatively restless songwriter and musician has been busy with a slew of new releases including the recently released theatrical, Gene Kelly-inspired video for his song "Love Again" from his latest album, Summer Of Sorcery, and an exuberant live performance video of Bruce Springsteen's "Tucson Train". The video for "Love Again" stars Gino Cosculluela, a Top 4 finalist from the most recent season of FOX's hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, who performs skillful vintage-inspired dance sequences in front of rear-screen projections of some of the global landmarks Van Zandt sings about in the soulful, up-tempo number. "I am honored that Gino chose us to be his first project after 'So You Think You Can Dance' and I also want to thank my wife Maureen for suggesting I call Nigel Lythgoe who gave us his blessing and amazing positive energy," said Van Zandt. "'Love Again' is one of my two Sam Cooke tributes on the album. It's a fun little fiction about a character who has been burned by a relationship so he travels the world trying to distract himself only to find there's no escape from the addiction of love! The video does an amazing job bringing this song to life in a whole new way."

When Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul pulled in to Tucson, Ariz. on their U.S. tour this past September, Van Zandt and his 14-piece band paid homage to his longtime musical partner Bruce Springsteen with a live performance of his song "Tucson Train," from his latest album Western Stars. Out now, the video, recorded September 15, 2019 at the Rialto Theatre, captures the rollicking band putting their rock n' soul spin on the song for the first time. An additional performance of the song recorded a few days later on September 17, 2019 at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colo. is also available to stream and download.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul recently wrapped up two years of near constant touring, totaling 187 shows across North America, Europe, and Australia, with triumphant shows in Boston and New York where they brought the back-to-back Soulfire/Summer Of Sorcery world tour to an end with an epic concert that was filmed for future release.

LITTLE STEVEN - ROCKNROLL REBEL - THE EARLY WORK - TRACKLISTING:
LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: MEN WITHOUT WOMEN (1982)
Lyin' In A Bed Of Fire
Inside Of Me
Until The Good Is Gone
Men Without Women
Under The Gun
Save Me
Princess Of Little Italy
Angel Eyes
Forever
I've Been Waiting

LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: VOICE OF AMERICA (1983)
Voice Of America
Justice
Checkpoint Charlie
Solidarity
Out Of The Darkness
Los Desaparecidos (The Disappeared Ones)
Fear
I Am A Patriot (And The River Opens For The Righteous)
Among The Believers
Undefeated (Everybody Goes Home)

LITTLE STEVEN: FREEDOM - NO COMPROMISE (1987)
Freedom
Trail Of Broken Treaties
Pretoria
Bitter Fruit
No More Party's
Can't You Feel The Fire
Native American
Sanctuary

LITTLE STEVEN: REVOLUTION (1989)
Revolution (Deluxe Edition)
Where Do We Go From Here
Revolution
Education
Balance
Love and Forgiveness
Newspeak
Sexy
Leonard Peltier
Liberation Theology
Discipline

LITTLE STEVEN VAN ZANDT: BORN AGAIN SAVAGE (1999) - 2 x LP
Born Again Savage
Camouflage of Righteousness
Guns, Drugs, And Gasoline
Face of God
Saint Francis
Salvation
Organize
Flesheater
Lust for Enlightenment
Tongues of Angels

ARTISTS UNITED AGAINST APARTHEID: SUN CITY (1985)
Sun City
No More Apartheid
Revolutionary Situation
Sun City (Version II) (Edit)
Let Me See Your I.D.
The Struggle Continues
Silver And Gold

BONUS TRACKS (4 CD):

DISC 1: MEN WITHOUT WOMEN (AND BEFORE)
RockNRoll Rebel (Previously Unreleased - Studio Track - 1983) - Little Steven
Who Told You? (Previously Unreleased - Gulliver's Pub - Red Bank, NJ - June 15, 1973) - Southside Johnny and The Kid
That's How It Feels (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ - May 30, 1976) - Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
When You Dance (Previously Unreleased - Rehearsal - Mono - 1976) - Asbury Jukes
Little Darlin' (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Ain't No Lady (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Love On The Wrong Side of Town (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Little Girl So Fine (Previously Unreleased - Rehearsal - Mono - 1976) - Asbury Jukes
Some Things Just Don't Change (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
She Got Me Where She Wants Me (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Men Without Women Radio Spot (1982)
Angel Eyes (Previously Unreleased - Britt Row Version - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Forever (Previously Unreleased - Britt Row Version - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Until The Good Is Gone (Previously Unreleased - Britt Row Version - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
I've Been Waiting (Previously Unreleased - Early Version - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul with Southside Johnny
Caravan (7" single - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Save Me (Previously Unreleased - Peppermint Lounge - New York, NY - July 18, 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Time (Previously Unreleased - Studio Track - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

DISC 2: VOICE OF AMERICA
This Time It's For Real (Previously Unreleased - Marquee Club - London, UK - October 18, 1982/Peppermint Lounge - New York, NY - July 18, 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
It's Possible (Previously Unreleased - Studio Track - Mono - Date Unknown) - Little Steven
Vote! (That Mutha Out) (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part II (Previously Unreleased - Rap Version - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part III (After World War III) (Rap Version - 12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part IV (Instrumental) (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part V (Previously Unreleased - Rap Version - 1984)
Caravan (Previously Unreleased - Marquee Club - London, UK - October 18, 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
I Don't Want To Go Home (Previously Unreleased - Marquee Club - London, UK - October 18, 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
US Festival Radio Spot (1983)
Alive For The First Time (Previously Unreleased - Writing Session, The Birth of a Song - 1983)- Little Steven
Voice of America Radio Spot (1984)
Out Of The Darkness (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Inside Of Me (Previously Unreleased - French TV - 1983) - Little Steven

DISC 3: SUN CITY
Let Me See Your I.D. (Extended Mix - 12" single - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
Let Me See Your I.D. (Extended Street Mix - 12" single - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
Let Me See Your I.D. (Beat And Scratch Mix - 12" single - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
Not So Far Away (Dub Mix - UK 12" single - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
Sun City (Last Remix - UK 12" single - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
Soweto Nights (Previously Unreleased - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
The Struggle Continues (Previously Unreleased - Extra Miles Davis Version - 1985) - Artists United Against Apartheid
* All songs on DISC 3: SUN CITY published by Amandla Music (A Non-Profit Company)

DISC 4: FREEDOM - NO COMPROMISE, REVOLUTION (AND LATER)
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - Cana No Mas Dub Mix - UK 12" single - 1987) - Little Steven
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - No Pasaran Mix - UK 12" single - 1987) - Little Steven
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - Platano Quemado Mix with Steel Drums - UK 12" single - 1987) - Little Steven
Fruta Amarga (With Rubén Blades - Spanish 12" single - 1987) - Little Steven
No More Partys (For Those About To Party…) (Rock Mix - 12" single - 1987) - Little Steven
No More Partys (Funky Party Edit) (R&B Mix - UK 7" single - 1987) - Little Steven
Vote Jesse In (Previously Unreleased - Jesse Jackson Campaign Song - 1988) - Little Steven
Revolution (Naked City Mix - UK 12"single - 1989) - Little Steven
Revolution (Naked City Mix Part 2 - Maceo's Thang - UK 12" single- 1989) - Little Steven
I Wish It Would Rain (Previously Unreleased - Vin Scelsa Hungerthon - 1995) - Little Steven, Southside Johnny, Rusty Cloud, Bobby Bandiera, David Hayes
Princess Of Little Italy (Previously Unreleased - Vin Scelsa Hungerthon - 1995) - Little Steven, Rusty Cloud, Bobby Bandiera, David Hayes
It's Been A Long Time (Previously Unreleased - Solo Acoustic - 2019) - Little Steven


DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION RELEASES - TRACKLISTINGS:
LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: MEN WITHOUT WOMEN (1982)
Lyin' In A Bed Of Fire
Inside Of Me
Until The Good Is Gone
Men Without Women
Under The Gun
Save Me
Princess Of Little Italy
Angel Eyes
Forever
I've Been Waiting
Men Without Women Radio Spot (1982)
Angel Eyes (Previously Unreleased - Britt Row Version - 1982)
Forever (Previously Unreleased - Britt Row Version - 1982)
Until The Good Is Gone (Previously Unreleased - Britt Row Version - 1982)
I've Been Waiting (Previously Unreleased - Early Version - 1982) - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul with Southside Johnny
Caravan (7" single - 1982)
Save Me (Previously Unreleased - Peppermint Lounge - New York, NY - July 18, 1982)
Time (Previously Unreleased - Studio Track - 1982)
Princess Of Little Italy (Previously Unreleased - Vin Scelsa Hungerthon - 1995)
This Time It's For Real (Previously Unreleased - Marquee Club - London, UK - October 18, 1982/Peppermint Lounge - New York, NY - July 18, 1982)

LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: VOICE OF AMERICA (1983)
Voice Of America
Justice
Checkpoint Charlie
Solidarity
Out Of The Darkness
Los Desaparecidos (The Disappeared Ones)
Fear
I Am A Patriot (And The River Opens For The Righteous)
Among The Believers
Undefeated (Everybody Goes Home)
Voice of America Radio Spot (1984)
RockNRoll Rebel (Previously Unreleased - Studio Track - 1983) - Little Steven
Caravan (Previously Unreleased - Marquee Club - London, UK - October 18, 1982)
I Don't Want To Go Home (Previously Unreleased - Marquee Club - London, UK - October 18, 1982)
Alive For The First Time (Previously Unreleased - Writing Session, The Birth of a Song - 1983)- Little Steven
Out Of The Darkness (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Inside Of Me (Previously Unreleased - French TV - 1983) - Little Steven
US Festival Radio Spot (1983)
It's Possible (Previously Unreleased - Studio Track - Mono - Date Unknown) - Little Steven
Vote! (That Mutha Out) (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven

+ VOTE! (1984 Digital Single EP)
Vote! (That Mutha Out) (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part II (Previously Unreleased - Rap Version - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part III (After World War III) (Rap Version - 12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part IV (Instrumental) (12" single - 1984) - Little Steven
Vote! Part V (Previously Unreleased - Rap Version - 1984) - Little Steven

LITTLE STEVEN: THE EARLY WORK (2019)
Who Told You? (Previously Unreleased - Gulliver's Pub - Red Bank, NJ - June 15, 1973) - Southside Johnny and The Kid
That's How It Feels (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ - May 30, 1976) - Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
When You Dance (Previously Unreleased - Rehearsal - Mono - 1976) - Asbury Jukes
Little Darlin' (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Ain't No Lady (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Love On The Wrong Side of Town (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
Little Girl So Fine (Previously Unreleased - Rehearsal - Mono - 1976) - Asbury Jukes
Some Things Just Don't Change (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
She Got Me Where She Wants Me (Previously Unreleased - Stone Pony Rehearsal - Mono - 1977) - Asbury Jukes
I Wish It Would Rain (Previously Unreleased - Vin Scelsa Hungerthon - 1995) - Little Steven, Southside Johnny, Rusty Cloud, Bobby Bandiera, David Hayes

LITTLE STEVEN: REVOLUTION (1989)
Revolution (Deluxe Edition)
Where Do We Go From Here
Revolution
Education
Balance
Love and Forgiveness
Newspeak
Sexy
Leonard Peltier
Liberation Theology
Discipline
Revolution (Naked City Mix - UK 12"single - 1989)
Revolution (Naked City Mix Part 2 - Maceo's Thang - UK 12" single- 1989)

LITTLE STEVEN VAN ZANDT: BORN AGAIN SAVAGE (1999)
Born Again Savage
Camouflage of Righteousness
Guns, Drugs, And Gasoline
Face of God
Saint Francis
Salvation
Organize
Flesheater
Lust for Enlightenment
Tongues of Angels
It's Been A Long Time (Previously Unreleased - Solo Acoustic - 2019)

LITTLE STEVEN: FREEDOM - NO COMPROMISE (1987)
Freedom
Trail Of Broken Treaties
Pretoria
Bitter Fruit
No More Party's
Can't You Feel The Fire
Native American
Sanctuary
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - Cana No Mas Dub Mix - UK 12" single - 1987)
Fruta Amarga (With Rubén Blades - Spanish 12" single - 1987)
No More Partys (For Those About To Party…) (Rock Mix - 12" single - 1987)
No More Partys (Funky Party Edit) (R&B Mix - UK 7" single - 1987)
Vote Jesse In (Previously Unreleased - Jesse Jackson Campaign Song - 1988)

+ BITTER FRUIT (1987 Digital Single EP)
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - Cana No Mas Dub Mix - UK 12" single - 1987)
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - No Pasaran Mix - UK 12" single - 1987)
Bitter Fruit (With Rubén Blades - Platano Quemado Mix with Steel Drums - UK 12" single - 1987)
No More Partys (For Those About To Party…) (Rock Mix - 12" single - 1987)
No More Partys (Funky Party Edit) (R&B Mix - UK 7" single - 1987)

ARTISTS UNITED AGAINST APARTHEID: SUN CITY (1985)
Sun City
No More Apartheid
Revolutionary Situation
Sun City (Version II) (Edit)
Let Me See Your I.D.
The Struggle Continues
Silver And Gold
Soweto Nights (Previously Unreleased - 1985)
The Struggle Continues (Previously Unreleased - Extra Miles Davis Version - 1985)
Not So Far Away (Dub Mix - UK 12" single - 1985)
Sun City (Last Remix - UK 12" single - 1985)

+ LET ME SEE YOUR I.D. (1985 Digital Single EP)
Let Me See Your I.D. (Extended Mix - 12" Single - 1985)
Let Me See Your I.D. (Extended Street Mix - 12" Single - 1985)
Let Me See Your I.D. (Beat And Scratch Mix - 12" Single - 1985)
* All songs on SUN CITY published by Amandla Music (A Non-Profit Company)






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