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Now (Expanded Edition)
Artist
Patrice Rushen
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT224D
Release Date
30 September 2022

Strut continue their Patrice Rushen original album reissue series with the definitive edition of her influential classic ‘Now’ from 1984.

Released after the global success of ‘Straight From The Heart’ and the huge hit ‘Forget Me Nots’, ‘Now’ stripped back the arrangements and explored a new sonic palette, combining top level musicianship with the evolving studio technology of the mid-‘80s. “By this time, I had built a little home studio,” explains Patrice, “and the new synthesizers and drum machines opened a lot of possibilities. A lot of the pieces on ‘Now’ started off as demos based on these instruments and we just went with it quite naturally, adding guitar, bass and drums.”

The album continued Patrice’s unerring skill in fusing intricate jazz musicianship with infectious grooves. The solid boogie classic ‘Get Off (You Fascinate Me)’ lit up dancefloors and ‘Feels So Real’ became one of Patrice’s best loved songs, an effortless mid-tempo soul stepper. The album is also celebrated for the tender ‘Gotta Find It’ and one of Patrice’s most poignant ballads, the intricate and politically charged ‘To Each His Own’.

The album marked the end of Rushen’s tenure with Elektra before a move to Arista and remains a much-referenced part of her career. “I think it was a great representation of where we were at the time and it may have even been a little bit ahead of its time”, she reflects. Famously, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis had become fans, attending her live shows, and, allegedly, the feel of Janet Jackson’s debut album ‘Control’ two years later was heavily influenced by Rushen’s approach on ‘Now’.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Feels So Real (Won't Let Go) 6:49 Buy

    Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)

  2. 2 Gone With the Night 4:41 Buy

    Gone With the Night

  3. 3 Gotta Find It 4:28 Buy

    Gotta Find It

  4. 4 Superstar 4:57 Buy

    Superstar

  5. 5 Heartache Heartbreak 4:11 Buy

    Heartache Heartbreak

  6. 6 Get Off (You Fascinate Me) 6:19 Buy

    Get Off (You Fascinate Me)

  7. 7 My Love's Not Going Anywhere 4:19 Buy

    My Love's Not Going Anywhere

  8. 8 Perfect Love 4:57 Buy

    Perfect Love

  9. 9 High In Me 4:14 Buy

    High In Me

  10. 10 To Each His Own 4:14 Buy

    To Each His Own

  11. 11 Get Off (You Fascinate Me) (12" Version) 6:29 Buy

    Get Off (You Fascinate Me) (12" Version)

  12. 12 Get Off (You Fascinate Me) (Instrumental) 3:37 Buy

    Get Off (You Fascinate Me) (Instrumental)

  13. 13 Feels So Real (Edit) 4:52 Buy

    Feels So Real (Edit)

  14. 14 Feels So Real (Won't Let Go) (Dub Version) 7:05 Buy

    Feels So Real (Won't Let Go) (Dub Version)

Track List

A

  1. FEELS SO REAL (Won’t Let Go)
  2. GONE WITH THE NIGHT
  3. GOTTA FIND IT
  4. SUPERSTAR
  5. HEARTACHE HEARTBREAK

B

  1. GET OFF (You Fascinate Me)
  2. MY LOVE’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE
  3. PERFECT LOVE
  4. HIGH IN ME
  5. TO EACH HIS OWN

C

  1. GET OFF (You Fascinate Me) (Dance Version)
  2. GET OFF (You Fascinate Me) (Instrumental)

D

  1. FEELS SO REAL (Won’t Let Go) (Radio Edit)
  2. FEELS SO REAL (Won’t Let Go) (Dub Version)

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