Monarch Headlines Fall Music

prince-_sydney_opera-house-1_credit-justine-walpolePrince

Piano & A Microphone 1983

An album of previously unheard music from the late pop superstar, comes out on September 21. The album will feature nine tracks amounting to thirty-five minutes of listening material, all of which showcases Prince performing solo while playing piano. The recording comes from a rare tape of a private rehearsal made at Prince’s home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It offers a glimpse into the legendary musician’s creative process as he works through classic songs like “17 Days,” “Purple Rain,” “Strange Relationship,” and “International Lover.” The album cover, shared on social media by Warner Bros. Records, features a photo of Prince backstage during his 1999 tour. It was taken by Allen Beaulieu, who shot the covers for Dirty Mind and Controversy, as well as promo shots for 1999. WB is releasing the album in conjunction with the Prince Estate.

culture-club-dean-stockingsBoy George and Culture

Life

Culture Club’s first studio album since 1999 was originally titled Tribes and expected to be released in 2016 some time. The group even previewed new songs, such as “Different Man,” “Human Zoo” and the Johnny Cash homage “Runaway Train” during live shows. But Culture Club ultimately decided to “record everything again,” Boy George says. “I just feel that we’ve made an album that we’ve been trying to make maybe since (1983’s quadruple-platinum) Colour By Numbers,” Boy George adds. “It’s funny when you say it sounds very Culture Club. We do often say that about tracks. But it just feels looser. It’s very catchy. The songs are really strong, really melodic. It just has an ease about it that I really like.” Culture Club worked with the production team Future Cut on Life. The album’s first single “Let Somebody Love You

macy grayMacy Gray

Ruby

The legendary and multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and actress Macy Gray has confirmed that she will be releasing her tenth studio album titled Ruby this fall. Macy revealed the album will be “gritty and grimy and dirty,” and have elements of pop, R&B, and jazz. Ruby is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed jazz covers album Stripped which dropped in 2016 and sees Macy Gray collaborate with esteemed producers Johan Carlsson, Tommy Brown, and Tommy Parker Lumpkins, and will be released worldwide this fall.

aretha franklinAretha Franklin

The Atlantic Singles 1967-1970

The Atlantic Singles 1967-1970 features thirty-four singles which Franklin released during her first three years with Atlantic Records. The track listing for the vinyl version has been shortened to fit the LP format. Arranged chronologically, the songs on the new collection originally appeared on six studio albums: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Aretha Arrives (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Aretha Now (1968), Soul ’69 (1969), This Girl’s in Love With You (1970), and Spirits In The Dark (1970). The only exception is Franklin’s cover of Elton John’s “Border Song,” which was released as a single in 1970 and later appeared on her 1972 album Young, Gifted and Black.

Several of the songs on this collection are cover versions that underscore Franklin’s exceptional skill at reinterpreting music and making songs her own. Among the highlights are her versions of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” The Band’s “The Weight,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and Dionne Warwick’s “I Say a Little Prayer,” which became a Billboard Top 10 hit for Franklin in 1968.

tasha-credit-grace-coudalTASHA

Alone at Last

Tasha is ready to share her debut album, Alone at Last. Genre fluid like Lianne La Havas and Jamila Woods (who took Tasha on tour last year), with decorative-but-unobtrusive guitar work and electronics, Tasha roots her songs in a conversational poetry that hits like heart pangs. Tasha’s voice glides over a sashaying rhythm in “Kind of Love,” something like a bedroom-recorded bossa nova. With the excitement and uncertainty that comes with gushy new love, she’s eager to find a word that describes “falling into someone’s sigh.” It’s a hopelessly romantic song, and Tasha is quick to acknowledge the difficult time in which romance feels distant. “Alone At Last is a welcomed project for those who enjoy the art of intimacy.