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Lenny Kravitz Reissues 'Mama Said' With 21 Bonus Tracks

Lenny Kravitz is set to release a new Deluxe Edition of his 1991 sophomore album 'Mama Said' on June 5th.

Soul-rocker Kravitz spoke with about the forthcoming release and the inner turmoil he was going through in a period of his life he says 'was just spinning'.

Just off touring to support his debut album, "Let Love Rule," Kravitz tells that, "It was a crazy time. My ex-wife (actress Lisa Bonet, who he divorced in 1993) and I were going through issues. I just had my child the year before ('Let Love Rule' came out). I was adjusting to success and...fame. It was a lot to deal with. I ended up kind of going into hibernation, 'cause at that point I went through a pretty serious depression. I just let all these feelings out onto the songs. It was very cathartic for me."

For the Deluxe Edition of "Mama Said," Kravitz raided his vaults to create a two-disc package that features 21 bonus tracks, 15 of which have been previously unreleased. The treasure trove features home demos of "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," "The Difference is Why" and "What the...Are We Saying?," remixes, instrumental takes of several tracks and eight songs recorded live in Japan and in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The set also includes two previously unreleased (and unfinished) songs, "Riding on the Wings of My Lord" and the instrumental segue "Framed, Lying, Crying."

"You forget about all these things," Kravitz notes. "Then you listen and you're like, 'Oh, man, wow!' These were things I didn't have time to finish, or I didn't feel they were (right) for that moment. I was tempted to finish them off and put vocals on them and whatnot, but I said, 'Y'know what, man -- no. Let it be what it was, from that time. Don't bring this into this time period.' But, yeah, it's interesting to find that stuff."

The full track list for "Mama Said: Deluxe Edition" includes:


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)* 
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) 
(*) Indicates previously unreleased




photo: David Hindley


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