New Rick James Album To Be Released Jul 11, 2005 14:36:14 GMT -5
Post by Emerald City on Jul 11, 2005 14:36:14 GMT -5
Rick James Album Of New Material To Be Released Next Month
Music that the late punk funkster Rick James was working on before his death last year will bereleased on a new album titled Rick James Forever, due August 16 on Sanctuary Records.
The album will include a collaboration with James' daughter Ty titled "My Life," as well as the track "Do You Wanna Play?," featuring Johnny Gill and Howard Hewett, according to Billboard.com . Other tracks included on the set will be "Taste," "When Your Body's Mine," "Sapphire," "Freak Baby," "Sex Slave," "Deeper Still," "Funk With Me," "Stroke" and "Brass Bed."
Plans are underway for an all-star Rick James tribute concert to coincide with the release of Rick James Forever, but no details have been confirmed.
James was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment on August 6, 2004, after an apparent heart attack. His autopsy report showed that he had several drugs in his system at the time of his death.
One of James' last public appearances was June 28, 2004, when he picked up a Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award at the 17th annual ASCAP R&B Awards in Los Angeles. There he told reporters that he had recorded about 30 new tracks for what he visualized as a double album. Asked about the future of funk music, James said: "It's a really sad thing, but music as music--actuality, music is dead. It's gone. I mean, there'll be no other, no Earth Wind & Fires, there'll be no Temptations, there'll be no more Stevie Wonders. There'll be no more Billie Holidays, there'll be no more Commodores, you know. There'll be no more Sly & the Family Stone, there'll be no more Parliament-Funkadelic, there'll be no more Rick James."