Hard to believe but NORAH JONES’ best-selling, hard-to-categorize album, ‘Come Away With Me’ is 20 years old! The then unknown, 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and pianist released her break through set on Blue Note on February 26th, 2002. The LP went on to charm the world, reaching #1 in 20 countries, selling nearly 30 million copies, and sweeping the 2003 GRAMMY Awards with eight wins including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Not bad for an unknown!
As is the modern marketing way, the album is set for a spectacular “Super De Luxe” reissue via Blue Note/Ume on April 29th. The package will contain 44 tracks which “captures the emergence of a singular talent and reveals for the first time the full story of the making of this now-classic album”. The collection includes 22 previously unreleased tracks including the original demos that Norah submitted to Blue Note, the complete ‘First Session’ demos she made after being signed, and the first version of the album that Norah made at Allaire Studios with producer Craig Street, most of which has never been heard before and offers a fascinating look at the album that might have been.
The anniversary pack (put together by Eli Wolf) will be released digitally and physically as a 4-LP vinyl set and a 3-CD set, both of which come in premium packaging with an extensive booklet featuring new liner notes by Norah and rare session photos. Standalone 1-LP and 1-CD versions of the remastered original album will also be released. All formats are available for pre-order now. The never-before-released alternate version of ‘Come Away With Me’ is good to stream/download right now.