British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut album will be reissued on vinyl next month, making the physical format of this celebrated album available to long-time fans and newcomers for the first time since its original release.
It will be released as a standard edition on 180g black vinyl as well as a special edition brick-red vinyl version on August 13. See below for pre-order details.
Bailey Rae’s debut album was first released in 2006, and debuted at the top of the UK album chart. She went on to win a number of awards, including two MOBO Awards for Best UK Newcomer and Best UK Female. The album turned 15 this year, and in that time it has reached millions of listeners, and influenced other contemporary singers (Lianna La Havas, Mahalia).
If you’ve been carried away to a summer party by the irresistible melody of ‘I’d Like To’, or lost yourself to the chorus of ‘Put Your Records On’, or enchanted by Bailey Rae herself in ‘Breathless’, this vinyl reissue may already be on your radar.
Bailey Rae’s back catalogue has never been reissued. As such, resale prices for vinyl copies of the Leeds musician’s first album have rocketed to upwards of £275 to date, according to listings on the popular music marketplace Discogs.
Some albums get vinyl reissues with ongoing restocks (such as Demon Days by Gorillaz, which was also previously unavailable until its 2017 reissue and can now be found readily for around £25). Some albums get limited run represses, and then they become practically impossible to find for a decent price again (such as Is Your Love Big Enough? by Lianne La Havas, which has quietly become highly desired; the 2017 repress has sold for as much as £127 on Discogs to date).
It’s not known whether Bailey Rae’s debut album reissue will be regularly restocked. So, if you’re already sold on her music, we suggest you grab this while it’s hot.
At the time of publishing, the standard edition starts from £17.99, while the limited brick-red edition (£20.99) is sold out at the exclusive seller, The Sound of Vinyl.
Earlier this year, Bailey Rae answered questions from fans in a video celebrating the 15th anniversary of her debut album.
In response to a question about whether she is working on material for her fourth album, she said: “I am working on my next three albums, I feel like. I’m making a bunch of things that are maybe offshoots from my own projects. Side projects… but they don’t feel like side projects, they just feel like more of an evolution of myself, a way to expand what I do.
“I’m making an art record, because it’s a place where I feel really free. And I’m making a record with a really dear friend of mine that’s basically an indie band that’s the two of us. And I’m making my own album, my own next record. So, I feel like there’s lots of things going on at the moment.”
Bailey Rae followed up her acclaimed debut album with The Sea in 2010, and The Heart Speaks in Whispers in 2016.
Most recently, she performed the Sam Cooke classic ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ as a duet with Leslie Odom Jr at the 2021 BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The full Corinne Bailey Rae LP tracklist
- Like A Star
- Put Your Records On
- Till It Happens to You
- Trouble Sleeping
- Another Rainy Day
- Call Me When You Get This
- Choux Pastry Heart
- I’d Like To
- Seasons Change
Image: all images courtesy of Corinne Bailey Rae/PR/UMe