It was only in our Saturday edition of The Purge this weekend just gone when we mentioned that former British ‘Fame Academy’ contestant Lemar was readying the release of a new single – a cover of The Boxtops/Joe Cocker classic ‘The Letter’, done more in the style of Joe than The Boxtops.
Now comes news that an album of the same name is also being readied for release later in the year.
Due in early October (no word yet on an Australian release, though we’re not holding out hope at this stage, given Lemar’s releases have been a bit thin on the ground here for the past eleven years), the new album will comprise a selection of cover versions, alongside a range of new original numbers, all wrapped in a neat soul package with what we’re told will be a “live, vintage sound”.
“For me, the artists who have made this type of album – interpreting other people’s work – and done it convincingly have taken a no-holds-barred approach,” Lemar says of the new LP. “If I was going to do this, I had to do it properly. My versions had to be raw and gritty. They had to expose the essence of the songs.”
And it seems they went to the right person to produce it; Larry Klein, who’s previously worked with the likes of Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell.
‘The Letter’ is due on October 09; the single on August 21. No word yet for Australia.
01. Higher Love
02. The Letter
03. Love Song
04. Gimme Some Lovin’
05. Bring It On Home To Me
06. Love Turned Hate
07. Tainted Love
08. Love And Happiness
09. Crazy Love
10. Someday We’ll Be Together
11. Never Be Another You