Luther Russell is taking a look back at his career - a very long look - with his upcoming release Selective Memories. The singer-songwriter announced this week via press release that the two-disc set will be available on Feb. 23. It's also available for pre-order here.
Selective Memories contains 41 songs from the entirety of Russell's career as an indie artist, more than two dozen of which have never before been released to the public. Per the press release, the collection includes well-known songs like "Motorbike" (which you can listen to by playing the video above), "Seven" and "Don't Talk To Strangers." It's a comprehensive look back that spans from Russell's teenage band all the way to the first single from his upcoming studio album Medium Cool called "The Sound of Rock and Roll."
Among the tracks that are new in this set are two demos from the aforementioned teenage band The Bootheels, called "Got Me On My Knees" and "Interstate 68 Blues," as well as the song "Smoke Signals" from his short-lived act Federale. In total, Selective Memories contains 25 previously unreleased songs from Russell's various projects and his solo career, like "Too Dark In Your House," "Friend Song" and "Just Short of Winning."
Something else that will interest Luther Russell fans is the material that comes with the new set. According to the press release, the booklet contains annotations from Russell about every one of the tracks, while liner notes have been composed by music journalists Bud Scoppa and Larry Crane. So music fans will not only be hearing new music from Russell, but they'll also be hearing directly from him about what went into these songs, and getting the perspective of experienced music writers on the material as well.
This is as complete a collection as could be asked for, and it will be available on Feb. 23 both as a double CD set at the above pre-order link, and in a throwback double cassette release through Burger Records.
Russell has not yet announced any live performance dates in conjunction with the release of Selective Memories, but information about future tour dates can be found on his website.
For more on Luther Russell, visit his artist page at AXS.