I read this and immediately remembered Malcolm's August post in which he waxed on how we apply the idea of movie remakes to other forms of art (like literature and music), given how popular movie remakes are these days (read that post HERE).
Macy Gray seems to be captivated by the idea, because she's decided to *remake* Stevie Wonder's 15th album, 1972's Talking Book; not just one song; she wants to remake the entire album.
“We were talking about ideas for cover songs and [Wilner] goes, ‘You know what you should do is a whole album. Everyone remakes movies, but no one remakes albums… I thought that was a wild idea so I was like, ‘Yes!’ I picked Talking Book ‘cause that’s one of my favorite records and I know it inside out,” Gray tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Curious? The *remake* is out now.
Details below via press release:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2012 — Macy Gray's upcoming new album, a "re-imagining" of the classic Stevie Wonder album "TALKING BOOK," is set for special digital release on Sunday, October 28th –the 40th anniversary of the iconic recording.
"TALKING BOOK" is available now for preorder @ Amazon for $9.99 (link below).
With the help of producer Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Metallica), Macy will lend her distinctive sound to the multi-platinum album that spawned 7 Top 10 singles including the smash hits "Sunshine Of My Life" and "Superstition"'; landed at #3 on the Top Albums Chart and won three Grammys: Best Male Pop Vocal, R&B Performance and R&B Song.
Macy is confirmed to perform "Tuesday Heartbreak" from "TALKING BOOK" on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday, October 31st. "TALKING BOOK" will be available everywhere on October 30th.
Since her dazzling debut introduced this singular talent to the masses, Macy has forged an uncompromising musical path beholden to her own vision and garnering accolades at every juncture. With "TALKING BOOK," Macy continues to explore the cover album concept by choosing an album that was hugely influential to her while growing up. Macy's "birthday present" to Wonder, it's a deeply felt and sincere homage to a masterful project by a truly legendary performer.
TALKING BOOK track listing:
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Maybe Your Baby
You And I (We Can Conquer The World)
You've Got it Bad Girl
Blame it On The Sun
Looking For Another Pure Love
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
To preorder "TALKING BOOK" for $9.99 visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009B1ENDO/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=03BRERCVQ7JMN4KH72AD&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
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The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.