B.J. THOMAS: New Looks from an Old Lover—The Complete Columbia Singles CD
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 1:14PM
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  • After a Series of Hits on the Scepter Label, and a Foray into Inspirational Music on the Myrrh Label, B.J. Thomas Recorded a Series of Singles for the Columbia Label During the ‘80s

  • Though This Phase of B.J.’s Career Met with Great Commercial Success, It Has Been Scarcely Documented on CD

  • New Looks from an Old Lover—The Complete Columbia Singles Includes All His Singles for the Columbia Label as Well as Single Sides He Cut for the Cleveland International and Priority Imprints

  • Features the #1 Hits “Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love” and “New Looks from an Old Lover,” Plus the #3 Hit “Two Car Garage”

  • Also Contains the Top 20 Duet with Ray Charles, “Rock and Roll Shoes,” and the Hits “The Whole World’s in Love When You’re Lonely” and “The Girl Most Likely To”

  • Bonus Tracks Include His Early Versions of the Theme Song to Growing Pains, “As Long as We’ve Got Each Other,” and the Hit Track for Gary Morris and Bette Midler, “Wind Beneath
    My Wings”

  • Remastered by Sean Brennan at Battery Studios

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Feature Quotes from B.J.

  • Added Rare Photos

  • A Must for Any B.J. Thomas Fan and Lover of ‘80s Country 

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    B.J. Thomas: New Looks from an Old Lover—The Complete Columbia Singles CD

    Having documented B.J.’s early sides with our 2-CD Set The Complete Scepter Singles, and followed his late ‘70s/early ‘80s foray into inspirational music with a pair of album twofers from the Myrrh label, it was only a matter of time till we at Real Gone Music tackled the next big phase in the career of this all-time great American singer, namely the classic country-pop sides he cut for Columbia in the ‘80s. This is a stage in B.J.’s career that has seen little attention in the CD era, which is strange because he was just killing it on the Country charts with #1 hits like “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love” and “New Looks from an Old Lover” and the #3 hit “Two Car Garage.” In fact, out of the 21 songs on this collection—which includes the A and B-side of every Columbia single plus sides from the Cleveland International and Priority labels —eight were chart hits, among them the Top 20 duet “Rock and Roll Shoes” with Ray Charles plus “The Whole World’s in Love When You’re Lonely” and “The Girl Most Likely To.” We’ve also added a pair of bonus tracks including his rare original solo version of “As Long as We’ve Got Each Other,” the theme to the TV show Growing Pains, and his early version of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which ended up being a hit for Gary Morris and Bette Midler among others. Remastered by Sean Brennan at Battery Studios, peppered with rare photos, and annotated by Joe Marchese based on a fresh interview with the artist himself, The Complete Columbia Singles is a must for any B.J. fan and anybody who wants to hear some of the best country-pop the ‘80s had to offer.

    1. Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love
    2. I Just Sing
    3. New Looks from an Old Lover
    4. You Keep the Man in Me Happy (and the Child in Me Alive)
    5. Two Car Garage
    6. Beautiful World
    7. The Whole World's in Love When You're Lonely
    8. We're Here to Love
    9. The Girl Most Likely To
    10. From This Moment On
    11. The Part of Me That Needs You Most
    12. Northern Lights
    13. America Is
    14. Broken Toys
    15. Night Life
    16. Make the World Go Away
    17. Rock and Roll Shoes
    18. Pray for Me
    19. This Love Is Forever
    20. As Long as We've Got Each Other
    21. The Wind Beneath My Wings

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