Mary Wilson: Motown/UMe Releasing Expanded Edition of 1979 Solo LP 4/16; Stream ‘Why Can’t We All Get Along’

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On Feb. 8, the world was hit with the sad news that Mary Wilson, co-founder of The Supremes and an all-around music legend, had passed away at the age of 76.

Despite her death, and in keeping with a promise made to Wilson, Motown/UMe on Friday announced the upcoming release of Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition, an updated version of her 1979 solo album. The timing of Friday’s announcement comes just a day before what would have been Wilson’s 77th birthday on Saturday, March 6.

This newly compiled version of her solo record will be made available on all digital media platforms for the first time, and features eight bonus tracks, four of which were previously unreleased. The lead single from the set is a brand new track, “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” which was debuted Friday as well:

Per a news release, Wilson had been looking forward to releasing this expanded version of her album:

Mary Wilson, who had many fond memories around recording her solo debut, was so excited about the release of this album that, after finalizing details with UMe, she created an impromptu “teaser,” posting what was to be her final YouTube video.

“I finally decided how to work with Universal, and they are going to release new Mary Wilson recordings,” she said. “Yes! At last! At last,” adding that the expanded version of the album, known by her and to fans as “Red Hot,” referring to its lead single, will include the Dudgeon productions – and something new. “It was four wonderful songs that were never released… and I also have some other songs, some surprising new songs… Thank you Universal for chiming in with me and helping this come true. Hopefully some of that will be out on my birthday, March 6th… I’ve got my fingers crossed.”

And additional information regarding Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition:

Ms. Wilson, who retained ownership of her solo recordings, wanted to make the album – and much more – available to her many fans around the world. Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition is a newly compiled version of her solo album, originally released by Motown in 1979, that will now be available on all digital platforms for the first time. Added to the album are eight incredible bonus tracks, four of them unreleased, including the legendary tracks recorded as a follow-up to the album produced by Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, et al). Featured as the lead single is a brand-new song, “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” produced by Richard Davis and co-written with Angelo Bond, who previously had great success as a co-writer with General Johnson and Greg Perry for “Bring The Boys Home.”

In addition to this news, PBS will air a special tribute to Mary Wilson on March 6 when It’s What’s Happening Baby, a long-lost 1965 CBS special featuring Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Tom Jones, Johnny Rivers, The Miracles, Herman’s Hermits and The Temptations, is re-aired for the first time in years.

The show’s producer, TJ Lubinsky, spoke with Wilson about the show which proved to be the final interview she was able to give; watch it below, as shared by PBS to honor her memory:

The track listing for Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition:

Red Hot (6:06)

I’ve Got What You Need (5:08)

You Make Me Feel So Good (5:51)

(I Love A) Warm Summer Night (4:07)

Pick Up the Pieces * (5:01)

You’re the Light That Guides My Way (3:18)

Midnight Dancer (3:08)

#1-7: Produced by Hal Davis

* Co-Produced by Hal Davis & Bobby Belle

Originally issued as Motown M7-927 R1 (1979)

Bonus Tracks

The Red Hot Singles

Red Hot 7″ Single Version (3:53)

Red Hot 12″ Disco Version – Remixed by Rusty Garner (7:12)

Red Hot 12″ B-Side Promo Version – Remixed by Rusty Garner (3:53) – previously unreleased commercially

The Gus Dudgeon Sessions – previously unreleased except **

You Dance My Heart Around the Stars** (4:34)

Save Me (3:53)

Love Talk (4:05)

Green River (3:36)

The Richard Davis Sessions – previously unreleased

Why Can’t We All Get Along Single version (4:50)

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