Darlene Love’s ‘Introducing’ coming Sept. 18

“It seems like a hundred years ago,” since Darlene Love released her last pop album, she says. That was in 1988, but on Sept. 18, the voice behind suchPhil Spector-produced hits as The Crystals’ He’s a Rebel and He’s Sure the Boy I Love and her ownChristmas (Baby Please Come Home) will releaseIntroducing Darlene Love.

Produced by Steven Van Zandt, Introducing Darlene Love contains a pair of songs byBruce Springsteen, for whom Van Zandt plays guitar, and two others by Elvis Costello. One of those, Forbidden Nights, is a song Costello originally wrote for an unfinished Broadway musical and will be the album’s first single.

Introducing Darlene Love also includes covers of Joan Jett’s 1988 single Little Liar and Van Zandt’s Among the Believers, a song from his 1983 Voice of America album. Love also sings a new version of River Deep, Mountain High, which Spector cut with Ike and Tina Turner in 1965 and which Love sang on Broadway in the ’80s as part of the cast of the jukebox musical Leader of the Pack.

As far as the album title, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “Van Zandt’s whole idea is that he wants to introduce me to a whole new world of people. Since I recorded my first hit record in 1963, four or five generations of people have been born. It is like you’re introducing Darlene Love.”

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