Mick Jagger is reissuing his four solo studio albums on December 6th on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl. The albums include She's The Boss (1985), Primitive Cool (1987), Wandering Spirit (1993) and Goddess In The Doorway (2001). The albums have been newly remastered from analogue tape transfers via the revolutionary Half-Speed Mastering system, by celebrated engineer Miles Showell at London's Abbey Road Studios.
She's The Boss was released on February 19th, 1985, featuring appearances by Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, and Herbie Hancock. Jagger performed two of the album's tracks that summer at Live Aid — the Keith Richards co-write “Lonely At The Top” and “Just Another Night,” which topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart and peaked at Number 12 the Hot 100. She's The Boss, which peaked at Number 13 on the Billboard 200, is the only Jagger solo set to have been certified platinum.
Primitive Cool was released on September 14th, 1987 and was co-produced by the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. Despite the album stalling in America at Number 41, Jagger embarked on an Australasian tour the following year in support of the set, playing a Rolling Stones-heavy setlist to the public chagrin of Keith Richards.
Wandering Spirit was released on February 9th, 1993 and produced by Rick Rubin, in what may be Jagger's most artistically realized set. Among the guests featured on various tracks were Billy Preston, Flea, and Lenny Kravitz, who duetted with Jagger on a remake of Bill Withers' “Use Me.” The album is Jagger's best charting solo album to date, peaking at Number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Goddess In The Doorway was released on November 19th, 2001 and includes the Lenny Kravitz co-written lead single, “God Gave Me Everything,” along with appearances on the set by Pete Townshend, Bono, and Wyclef Jean, among others. The album also included the single “Visions Of Paradise,” co-written with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas. Despite the clutch of high-profile guests, the album stalled at Number 39.
Lenny Kravitz shed light on co-writing “God Gave Me Everything” for 2001's Goddess In The Doorway: “It's a rockin' tune, and I wanted to hear him really upbeat again. It was great working with him — he's a genius. We work together well. It keeps me on my toes, 'cause it's, like, 'Hey, it's Mick Jagger.' I don't want to give him any crap, y'know what I mean?”
Mick Jagger explained how Pete Townshend ended up making his second appearance on one of his solo sets, contributing to a pair of tracks on Goddess In The Doorway: “Pete is my neighbor in London. He lives opposite me — just lives 20 yards there. So, then, he said to me — 'You're making your album, can I play on it?' I said, 'Yeah,' 'cause he'd played on a solo record of mine once before. Then I had to figure out the one to show him off in the best way, y'know? So, he played on one called 'Gun,' (and) he played on one called 'Joy' — the one that Bono sings on.”