Mary Wilson’s self-titled debut solo album in 1979 returns as an expanded edition featuring bonuses, remixes, and four tracks she recorded in 1980 with Elton producer John Gus Dudgeon for a follow-up project that never materialized. There’s also “Why Can’t Get All Get Along,” a song she cut with producer Richard Davis in recent years and which is available here for the first time.
The original album was released two years after the final lineup of Wilson’s Supremes, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene bid farewell with a farewell concert at London’s Drury Lane Theater. Wilson hoped to follow in Diana Ross’s footsteps and establish a career for herself outside of the Supremes, and she worked with producer Hal Davis on a record that largely featured disco songs. But the record struck as the “Disco Sucks” movement reached its peak with Disco Demolition Night at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.
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This is widely seen today as a movement rooted in racism and homophobia, but it has nonetheless had an impact and Mary wilson was a business disaster. The debut single “Red Hot” peaked at No. 95 on the R&B chart and the album failed to make it onto the Billboard 200 albums chart. She began work on a follow-up the following year with the producer. Gus Dudgeon, but was dropped by Motown after completing just four songs.
“I was very excited about these four songs,” Wilson wrote in his book Supreme Faith: One day we will be together. “It was not the disco formula of my first album. Two of the songs were great ballads. The other two were rock & roll in the style of Tina Turner’s mid-80s hits; I was definitely ahead of my time.
Wilson retained ownership of his solo recordings and announced plans for this re-release days before his sudden death. “I’ve finally decided how to work with Universal, and they’re going to release new Mary Wilson recordings,” she said in her latest YouTube video. “Yes! Finally! Finally… Thank you Universal for joining me and helping to make this happen.”
“Why Can’t We Get Along” is the only song from the last days of the new edition of Mary wilson. He was inspired by the political climate that has divided America in recent years.
Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition Tracklist
1. Warm red
2. I have what you need
3. You make me feel so good
4. (Love a) A hot summer night
5. Pick up the pieces
6. You are the light that guides my path
7. Midnight dancer
Red Hot Singles
8. Single version of Red Hot 7 inch
9. Red Hot 12 inch Disco Version – Remixed by Rusty Garner
10. 12 inch Red Hot promo version side B – Remixed by Rusty Garner lly
Gus Dudgeon sessions
11. You dance my heart around the stars
12. Save me
13. Conversation of love
14. Green River
The Richard Davis Sessions – unreleased
15. Why can’t we all get along Single version
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