On November 8th UME Celebrates Minnie Riperton’s 70th Birthday With An Unheard, Alternate Version Of
The Immortal Hit “Lovin’ You”
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 8, 2017 – In celebration of what would have been Minnie Riperton’s 70th birthday, today UMe released an unheard, alternate version of the global No. 1 hit “Lovin’ You,” which is featured on Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition, to be released on December 1, 2017. This unreleased version from the album sessions is one of the song’s first run-throughs, with Minnie backed by Stevie Wonder’s Wonderlove band, before the familiar, spare arrangement was recorded.
The full track can be heard here.
Minnie Riperton, the singer with a distinctively high upper vocal range, may best be known for 1975’s “Lovin’ You,” one of the period’s most distinctive and iconic hits. But the song only scratches the surface of her remarkable musical career, which began in her teens and ended prematurely with her untimely passing in 1979, at the age of 31. And it’s only one facet of the extraordinary album from which it emerged, Perfect Angel.
Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition will be available as a 2-CD set, in standard digital and 96k/24-bit high-resolution audio formats. This set brings home the fact that, though not known at the time for contractual reasons, the original album is essentially a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, who: co-produced the album with Minnie and Minnie’s husband Richard Rudolph; arranged the tracks with his band, Wonderlove; played keyboards, harmonica and drums; and wrote two songs. The set offers an excellent representation of Riperton’s interpretive gifts and remarkable talent, all the more extraordinary for Wonder’s contributions, which were made while he was winning GRAMMY® awards for Talking Book and Innervisions, and working on another LP, Fulfillingness’ First Finale, which featured Minnie as a background vocalist on that album’s “Creepin’” and was eventually issued just weeks after Perfect Angel in the summer of 1974. Wonder, a Taurean, was credited on Perfect Angel as “El Toro Negro”—the Black Bull.
Minnie would have been 70 years old on November 8, 2017, and there’s no better way to celebrate this milestone than with the unveiling of the alternative version of the timeless hit “Lovin’ You.” It’s particularly fascinating to listen to this version of “Lovin’ You” and think of it as a step along the way to what would ultimately become the definitive recording of the song which has reverberated around the world and has endured all these years.
Happy Birthday Minnie!
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“Lovin’ You” (Alternate Version):