Joe Jackson / Marvin Gaye
Is A New 'Night' What You 'Want'?
Universal this week re-releases two classic albums in expanded form, beginning with Joe Jackson's "Night and Day." The New York-inspired "Night and Day" reached No. 4 on Billboard's album chart, the best of his career. Although it continued his exploration of musical genres, the set found the artist eschewing the upbeat material of his first four albums. "Night and Day" spawned the singles "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us in Two," which reached No. 6 and No. 18, respectively, on the Hot 100.
The new edition's second disc includes demos of six of the album's songs, including "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us in Two." Also featured are five tracks from Jackson's first soundtrack foray, 1983's "Mike's Murder," and five from the 1988 album "Joe Jackson Live 1980/86." The live cuts, all recorded in Sydney across the final two nights of his 1983 world tour in support of "Night and Day," include "Look Sharp!" and an a cappella rendition of "Is She Really Going Out With Him."
Marvin Gaye's 1976 album "I Want You" also gets an upgrade this week, bolstered by a second disc that compiles an entire alternate version of the album from unreleased mixes with different vocals and music, including three session outtakes. The disc will also be accompanied by a 28-page booklet with an essay by Gaye's second wife Janis Hunter.