The big news for pop fans this week is that tucked away on the second disc of Aretha Franklin’s Aretha reissue are official period remixes of her 1986 duet with George Michael – the transatlantic number one I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).
The single wasn’t issue on CD at all at the time and five versions were spread across various seven-inch and twelve-inch vinyl singles. They were:
- • 7″ Mix (3.52)
- • Instrumental (4.00)
- • Edited Remix (5.29)
- • Percapella (5.14)
- • Extended Remix (7.29)
All of these are featured on the new Aretha two CD set and were created the ‘go to’ remixers of the day, Mr Steve Thompson and Mr Michael Barbiero.
There was actually a two-track promo CD in the US which featured the album version and the ‘Edited Remix’ (longer than the seven-inch, shorter than the Extended Remix). The ‘7″ mix’ has turned up on some compilations, notable the 1987 UK compilation The Hits Album 6. Last year Blank and Jones also dusted down the ‘Extended Remix’ for their so80s 8 compilation, but nevertheless this is the first time they’ve been all brought together and as far as we know the ‘Percapella’ and ‘Instrumental’ are unreleased on CD until now.
Despite the fact that the song appeared on George Michael’s 1998 Ladies and Gentlemen compilation it wasn’t included in the 2011 Faith reissue, something we noted at the time.
As can be seen by the track listing below this new Aretha reissue is packed with remixes from the various singles including Rock A, Jumping Jack Flash and Jimmy Lee.
Aretha deluxe 2CD edition is out now.
Update 18 Dec: The 7″ mix of I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) has been dropped from this CD. It is not clear if that is because it might be the same as the album version.
Aretha 2CD deluxe
1. Jimmy Lee
2. I Knew You Were Waiting – For Me (Duet with George Michael)
3. Do You Still Remember
4. Jumpin Jack Flash
5. Rock – A
6. An Angel Cries
7. He’ll Come Along
8. If You Need My Love Tonight (Duet with Larry Graham)
9. Look to the Rainbow
10. Rock -A-Lott (single mix)
11. Rock -A-Lott (radio edit)
12. Rock -A-Lott (street mix)
13. Rock -A-Lott (dub)
14. Rock -A-Lott (acapella)
1. An Angel Cries (7″ Mix)
2. I Knew You Were Waiting – For Me (Instrumental Duet with George Michael)
3. I Knew You Were Waiting – For Me (Edited Remix Duet with George Michael)
4. I Knew You Were Waiting – For Me (Percapella Duet with George Michael)
5. I Knew You Were Waiting – For Me (Extended Remix Duet with George Michael)
6. Jimmy Lee (Extended Version)
7. Jimmy Lee (Dub Version)
8 Jumpin Jack Flash (7″ Mix)
9. Jumpin Jack Flash (Street Mix)
10. Jumpin Jack Flash (Edited Street Mix)
11. Jumpin Jack Flash (Master Dub Mix)
12. Jumpin Jack Flash (Beat Dub Mix)
13. Aretha Megamix ((Who’s Zoomin’ Who? / Another Night / Integrity / Freeway Of Love)