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 Billboard.com 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 Billboard.com 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 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"
photo: David Hindley