A FEW CHANGES MIDSTREAM

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Some albums that changed after they were released.

When some albums get released, sometimes the label waits for the heat to die down before they release a follow-up, but some changes force the label’s hands and they would rush out an updated version of a release while the original album is still in stores.  Here is a handful.

MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND-“The Roaring Silence”: This album hit it big with their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” in 1976.  In 1977, the group covered another Springsteen song called “Spirit In The Night” but not an album to put it on.  So Warners decided to change the cover from flesh tones to a dark blue tint, added “Spirit” on it and gave the album a $7.98 list price.

CHERYL LYNN-“Cheryl Lynn”: When Lynn’s self-titled debut happened in 1978, the hit “Got To Be Real” was already smashing charts. Originally the edited version hit the airwaves first and then it was included on the initial album release.  However, Columbia issued an extended version that made its way to the 7″ single and the airwaves.  Then the album was pulled off the shelves and immediately put it back out in stores with the extended version on it.

KLYMAXX-“Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman”: This all-girl funk band was signed to Solar and their debut survived a distribution switch.  Solar was about to jump ship from RCA to Elektra, but before that could happen, they had to release new albums from Lakeside (“Keep On Movin’ Straight Ahead”), the Whispers (“This Kind of Lovin’”) and Shalamar (“Go For It”) and somehow this one was also released –its original catalog number was BXL1-4029 and when the switch was complete, this one came along –new catalog number: S-21.

THE POINTER SISTERS-“Break Out”:  This one is interesting because of “I’m So Excited”.  This song was originally released in 1982 on the “So Excited” album. It was also featured in the film “Summer Lovers”.  When “Break Out” hit the airwaves, it was buoyed by “Automatic” and “Neutron Dance” as the album was released.  However, “I’m So Excited” started gaining ground again, so instead of pumping up the album that spawned it, they decided to replace the selection “Nightline” and give it a $9.98 list price. Their 1985 album “Contact” was on RCA because their label Planet was shuttered.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS-“Joy”: Teddy Pendergrass’s “Joy” survived a chane like Klymaxx’s debut.  Unlike Klymaxx, “Joy” survived the label shutdown within the same company.  Elektra was trying to bolster the Asylum roster since some of their biggest acts had left the label, and signing Pendergrass was a shot in the arm.  But in 1987, Elektra decided to shutter Asylum, and instead of keeping “Joy” on Asylum, they switched it to Elektra while the album was in stores still on Asylum.

 

 

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