I have finally but not completely updated my list of the Maxwell CD singles that I personally own. The list is updated below and in the left margin. I went on a mad eBay expedition to update and complete my collection. I'll hate to see what happens after the Now CD is released!!!
My personal list is as follows: (This is my original list)
Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite - 01 The Urban Theme
02 Welcome (my all time favorite!!)
03 Sumthin' Sumthin'
04 Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
06 ...Til The Cops Come Knockin'
07 Whenever Wherever Whatever
08 Lonely's The Only Company (l&ll)
10 SuiteLady (The Proposal Jam)
(another all time fav!!)
11 The Suite Theme (#1 fav of all times!!!)
Maxwell MTV Unplugged - 01 The Suite Urban Theme (The Hush)
02 Mello: Sumthin (The Hush)
03 The Lady Suite
04 This Woman's Work (make me cry fav!)
05 Whenever Wherever Whatever
06 Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
07 Gotta Get Closer
08 ...Til The Cops Come Knockin' -
(Bonus track from Australian-cut CD)
Maxwell Embrya 00 Gestation:Mythos
01 Everwanting:To Want You To Want
02 I'm You:You Are Me And We Are You
05 Matrimony:Maybe You
06 Arroz Con Pollo
07 Know These Things:Shouldn't You
08 Submerge:Til We Become The Sun
09 Gravity:Pushing To Pull
10 EachHourEachSecondEachMinuteEachDay:Of My Life
From their debut album self-titled Sweetback:
2. Softly Softly - sang by Maxwell
From RedHot+Rio pure listening pleasure:
From the late Grover Washington, Jr's Soulful Strut:
03 Play That Groove For Me
Maxwell has performed/recorded on three movie soundtracks:
Love Jones The Music - 5. Sumthin' Sumthin':MelloSmoothe
Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Life -
The Best Man Soundtrack - 2. Let's Not Play The Game
11. As My Girl
There are also several singles from UHS, Life Soundtrack and Love Jones Soundtrack - Ascension Don't Ever Wonder The Tribute - cuts include:
01, 02, 03 Ascension No One's Gonna Love You,
So Don't Ever Wonder The Tribute Cut, Uncut and
04 Dub Ever Wonder (Ascension)
05 Ascension Don't Ever Wonder Uncut
06 Lock You Up N' Love Fa Days
Maxwell Sumthin' Sumthin':MelloSmoothe - demo versions has
01 and 02 Cut and Uncut
Maxwell Fortunate - imported from Australia
01 Fortunate (Radio edit)
02 Matrimony:Maybe You
03 Matrimony:Maybe You Or Maybe Not
04 Luxury:CocoCure (Mixzo Mix)
Maxwell Fortunate - Stateside release
02 Submerge:Til We Become The Sun
And last but not least, there is Luxury:CocoCure The Syndrome. This three CD set includes three different remixes of the cut from Embrya Luxury:Cococure. Disc 01 Jurgen Paape Mixes Cut, Uncut, Unsung
This is the only one not remixed by Maxwell.
Disc 02 Mixzo Mixes Cut, Uncut, Unsung
Disc 03 Cottonbelly Mixes Uncut, Unsung
There you have it. These are all the Maxwell tracks that I personally own. I have heard that there is one other, currently unavailable (if available at all). That is another Sumthin' Sumthin':MelloSmoothe single CD. I have heard that includes remixes of the MelloSmoothe version of Sumthin' Sumthin' and possible an unsung version. I have not been able to find said version. I have heard that it exists and that it doesn't exist. Who knows? If it is available, I will own it some day!
Here are the updates:
I want to start with what I consider to be the absolute best part of this collection. Though I spent a considerable amount of money, I am very, very glad that I did. Listening to these CD's was as exciting as hearing UHS for the very first time!
Til The Cops Come Knockin' - First, there are two CD's that are not considered part of The Opus. They are considered (I guess) CD singles of TTCCK. One contains cut, uncut and unsung versions of part one of the LP version. The second, and this is the best of the two, contains the unfaded version of The Urban Theme. You know... the first cut of the UHS that fades into Welcome? Well, this unfaded version is the BOMB!!! I don't know where the hell I was when these came out!! Both were made in 96 and as far as I can tell were not printed in another country. In a way, I am glad I am just now hearing them. It gives me something to cling to while I am waiting for Now to drop! (hint hint)
The next two are The Opus in two parts (2 CD's.) I got the 2-trk single first. It contains TTCCK cut and Lock You Up N' Love Fa Days uncut. These are parts 6 and 4 respectively. Now we come to the creme de la creme!! The CD that contains parts 1-5... words cannot describe the ear-gasm I experienced when I put my headphones on to listen!! I had to take them off and let the whole house, make that the whole building hear this one!! Parts 1 and 2 combine into the most delectable jazzy rendition of this song!! There are very little background vocals; Maxwell's honey-dripping falsetto will send you into shivers and quivers that you won't want to stop!!! It was like hearing the lyrics for the very first time!!
Okay... Now that I've caught my breathe, I can finish sharing my newfound collection with you. Ascension... I found 3 different singles of this UHS cut. One contains the LP version uncut and Lock You Up N' Love Fa Days uncut. The next one contains 4 trks: cut, The Tribute (SOS Band) uncut and unsung and Reunion. The last one that I received is a 2 CD set which is called the 'postcard edition' because it comes with 4 jewel case sized postcards. (Of course, none of my friends will be receiving one of these postcards from me!!) This set is unique in that the first CD contains the LP version uncut, The Tribute cut and Seguranca. The second CD contains the LP version cut, and a 97 updated version done live in DC. This version is quite funky. Then there is the standard live version of TTCCK. It is not exactly like the UK Unplugged, but similar.
The next I want to share with you is Sumthin' Sumthin' The Mantra. This CD contains the uncut LP version, The Mantra uncut and unsung. The uncut version of The Mantra contains some background vocals by Mica Paris. Also on this CD are the unsung LP version and MelloSmoothe. I also found a 1 trk. CD single with a cut version of Sumthin' Sumthin' from the UHS LP. I bought it because the CD cover had pretty balloons on it! :o)
Last but not least, there is the WWW CD single. The one I have currently has the uncut and Unplugged versions. I got it mainly because there is a photo of Maxwell on the cover from the WWW video of Maxwell lying on the floor.
Part of this update should include the Luxury: CocoCure CD single that I previously owned but failed to mention in my first list. This CD contains cut, uncut, unsung and two callout hooks. And then there's the Let's Not Play The Game CD single that I obtained from eBay. This CD contains the cut, uncut, unsung and justsung versions.
What I am waiting on:
I have also purchased through eBay the following singles that I am waiting to arrive:
1. WWW - cut, uncut, unsung and espanol.
2. SuiteLady Proposal Jam - cut, uncut and unsung.
3. Matrimony: Maybe You - cut, uncut, unsung and 2 callout hooks.
I will update when these arrive.
Also available and in my collection: 12" UHS, 12" Embrya, and 12" TTCCK (I don't have that one.)
Oh, Oh, Oh... I forgot. I have a bootleg CD of Maxwell Live in Amsterdam. This is a nice live version of UHS that contains a live version of Lock You Up N' Love Fa Days!!
Okay, here is the update I promised. I will have to do this again because I am waiting on one more CD.
The two that I have most recently acquired are a promo CD of 'Matrimony: Maybe You' and 'WWW.'
'Matrimony: Maybe You' contains 5 trks; cut, uncut, unsung and two callout hooks. 'WWW' contains 4 trks; uncut, unplugged, unsung and espanol. Now this particular promo CD has what appears to be an autograph on the front insert. I can't say for sure that this is Maxwell's autograph, but I do have some other material to compare it to. Neither of which I actually witnessed being signed. Maybe one of you out there was at one of his in-store appearances, had a CD autographed and witnessed the signing and can tell me if this looks like Maxwell's writing:
I think this says 'Blessing Joy, Maxwell' but whoever's writing it is... well, see for yourself. It actually does match the other material I have. Since this is a promo CD, I figure Maxwell may have signed it for a deejay or something. If you witnessed a signing and you have something similar, hit me at Maxi
. Hopefully, it's not too blurred to compare.
Check you later!
10-25-00 - Well, the last of my original order has arrived. I now have a copy of the SuiteLady Proposal Jam! This promo CD single includes the LP version, cut, uncut and unsung.
I am now waiting on three other CD singles. There is the This Woman's Work single track promo CD. Then there is the five track promo UHS CD. This UHS promo contains Sumthin' Sumthin, Ascension, DanceWitMe, TTCCK and WWW. And the last one I am trying to obtain is one I currently have but with an extra track. That is Sumthin' Sumthin' The Mantra. This particular CD single contains six tracks as opposed to five. The extra track is the LP version - cut.
You don't have to tell me, I know. And yes, I agree, I am obsessed!
I'll get with you later when I have obtained the last three of my extended collection.
11-24-00 - It's amazing what you can find when you really look. The three other Maxwell cd singles I was waiting for has turned into five or six!! Thusfar, I have received a promo copy of This Woman's Work and a six track copy of Sumthin' Sumthin' - The Mantra. The extra track here is the cut LP version.
I am waiting on, again, three more. Those are as follows:
Mellosmooth - A five track Embrya promo.
UHS - A five track UHS promo.
Fortunate - A single cd from Japan which includes the Cottonbelly and Mixzos
versions of Luxury: CocoCure.
Okay... I'll be back when they're in - PEACE!!
12-3-00 - Okay - I'll admit it again - Hello, my name is Monica and I am an obsessive/complusive. There, they say that's the first step to recovery! ;-)
But for now, I need to tell you what else this collection holds. I have received two 5 track promo samplers. The UHS sampler (same name as the full length cd.) And the one for Embrya is called MelloSmoothe Sampler.
Also, and this ones the best new one I've received this time - I have the multimedia Fortunate cd single. It contains the cut version of the single and the video version as well!! It is great!! Now I can lust over, I mean look at, Maxwell, with his too fine ass, anytime I want. ;-p
Peace and Love til next time. I have one more coming in.
May 19, 2001 - Hello There!!! I know this update has been a long time coming, but here it is!!
I finally received my copy of Fortunate from Japan (complete with Japenese writing on the inserts.) This single contains Fortunate - cut and uncut, and the Mixzos and Cottonbelly Mixes of Luxury: Cococure.
Well now; since I began this endeavor, the first single from the anxiously awaited third full-length album from Maxwell, to be entitled Now, was released for radio play and promotion. The title is Get To Know Ya. I know we all have heard it and love it!! I have won at auction on eBay the cd single and the 12" single. The cd version contains two tracks: Cut and Unsung. The 12" contains three tracks: Cut, Uncut and Unsung. the uncut version I have yet to hear since I don't personally own a turntable. (Maybe that should be the next thing I purchase on eBay!!!) However, it is 27 seconds longer that the cut version. I am definitely interested in what Maxwell has to say in that extra 27 seconds!!
Okay, there you have it: My complete collection of Maxwell albums and singles up to this date. There is one other, but I am not in a hurry to purchase it only because I have a copy of the video all ready. That one is, I heard from a friend, the multimedia version of Luxury: Cococure. That video is nice but it disturbs me each time I watch and see that snow globe thrown into the tub and appear to hit Maxwell in his 'nether regions.' The expression on his face at that moment is one that I don't think was faked!!
Peace Out, People!!
August 15, 2002 -
Of course, I now own a copy of the "Now" CD which was released (finally) in the late summer (I believe) of 2001. Maxwell fulled a lot of us by adding two cuts that were not originally expected. The first cuts were 'pre-released' via the internet but did not include "for Lover's Only" and "No One." But that's all good because it certainly left an element of surprise.