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Jewel Releases 25th Anniversary Edition Of Her Multi-Platinum Sophomore Album 'Spirit'


By Megan Routledge.



Singer-songwriter and mental health pioneer, Jewel, releases the 25th anniversary edition of her multi-platinum sophomore album, Spirit, which includes expanded and remastered reissues of the 1998 release, via Craft Recordings.


November 17th marked the 25th anniversary to the day of Spirit’s original release. The deluxe album is now available on 2-CD and digital platforms, and features the GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter’s Top 10 US hit “Hands,” fan favorites “Down So Long” and “Jupiter (Swallow the Moon),” plus 24 bonus tracks, including eight previously unreleased demos and outtakes, rare live performances from the era, alternate takes, remixes and much more. Additionally, the original 13-track album will be reissued as a 2-LP set, marking Spirit’s first availability on vinyl since 1998. In addition to the black pressing, the 2-LP set will also be available on blue swirl vinyl exclusively via Jewel’s store.


Fans can stream/buy Spirit and enjoy a special lyric video to Jewel’s powerful hit, “Hands”, as an important reminder during World Kindness Week that “in the end, only kindness matters”.


In the mid-late ’90s, singer-songwriter Jewel captured the hearts and souls of a generation with her engaging vocals, folk-pop melodies and introspective lyrics. Raised in Homer, AK, the mononymous artist (born Jewel Kilcher) moved to San Diego to pursue her musical dreams. Living out of her van as she struggled to make ends meet, Jewel built a loyal following in local coffee shops and clubs and soon attracted the attention of industry tastemakers, including legendary songsmiths like Bob Dylan and Neil Young (who brought the young artist on tour as a supporting act) and Neil Young, as well as execs at Atlantic Records, who released her debut, Pieces of You, in 1995. Over the next two years, the album— which featured such era-defining hits as “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “Foolish Games” and “You Were Meant For Me”— gained momentum, eventually selling over 12 million copies and becoming one of the highest-selling debuts of all time.


Jewel began recording her eagerly anticipated follow-up in 1998 (a year which found the artist performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXII and publishing a New York Times bestselling book of poetry, among other accomplishments). Setting the tone for the album is opener “Deep Water,” which offers a hopeful message that love conquers all, even when life gets tough. Similarly, lead single “Hands” is based upon a desperate moment in Jewel’s youth when she considered shoplifting. Instead, she decided to put her hands to better use and start writing songs. “Life Uncommon,” meanwhile, reminds listeners to be brave and stand up to the forces that tie them down. Spirit also features several love songs, including the playful “Jupiter” and the sweet “What’s Simple Is True.” Other highlights include the single “Down So Long,” written when Jewel was 18, as well as the haunting “Barcelona,” which features the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea on bass guitar.


Upon its release in November 1998, Spirit was an instant bestseller, debuting at No.3 in the US, where it was certified 4x Platinum. The album also peaked at No.2 in Canada and No.5 in Australia. The hit single “Hands,” landed at No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Canadian pop charts.


Spirit was also acclaimed by critics, including Rolling Stone, which declared it “musical comfort food.” Entertainment Weekly praised, “The way Jewel’s voice dips from a mountain-stream soprano to a vulnerable lower octave in the chorus demonstrates what a stronger, more confident singer she’s become,” while Music Week hailed “Hands” as “a delicious, softly-sung number, showcasing this talented Alaskan’s songwriting skills.”


25 years later, this special reissue of Spirit offers a deeper look into Jewel’s creative process through a trove of bonus material. Among the eight previously unreleased tracks are demos for “Last Dance Rodeo” (which later appeared on 2006’s Goodbye Alice in Wonderland), “Gloria” (off 1999’s Joy) and “The Sue Lee Song”; outtakes and alternate versions of “Hands,” “Songs of Freedom” and “Jupiter”; plus live recordings like “Down,” captured at Woodstock ’99. The album’s expanded content also offers highlights from a 1999 concert at Spain’s Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, plus rare live performances of Pieces of You B-sides, including “You Were Meant for Me” and “Who Will Save Your Soul” (both culled from the Dutch program 2 Meter Sessions in 1996).


Speaking to the 25th anniversary of Spirit, Jewel says: “My sophomore album, Spirit, is 25! I still cherish this album and sing many of these songs during my shows, so I’m glad my fans can pick up new copies and hear some unreleased tracks, outtakes, and live recordings. I also get to share this with my son now - it's incredibly special to tell him stories about what was happening in my life and the world during this time. Whether you heard Spirit back then or are just discovering it now, I appreciate you listening.”


In the years since releasing Spirit, Jewel has continued to inspire through her music, words and voice. During her nearly three-decade-long career, she has released 13 studio albums (six of which were in the Billboard 200 Top 10), published five books (including her 2015 New York Times best-selling memoir, Never Broken – Songs Are Only Half the Story), and earned 26 nominations for such awards as the GRAMMYs, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning eight times. Jewel has also dedicated herself to pioneering change in the mental health space, offering mental health tools and resources to those who need it through her Inspiring Children Foundation and Inner.world, a new virtual mental health platform.



Tracklists:

Spirit (25th Anniversary Edition) (2-CD):


Disc 1:

Deep Water

What’s Simple Is True

Hands

Kiss The Flame

Down So Long

Innocence Maintained

Jupiter

Fat Boy

Enter From The East

Barcelona

Life Uncommon

Do You

Absence Of Fear

This Little Bird

Hands (Single Remix)

Down So Long (Single Remix)

Jupiter (Swallow The Moon) (Single - Alternate Version)

What’s Simple Is True (Soundtrack Version)

You Were Meant For Me (Live 2 Meter Sessions At VARA Studio, Netherlands – October 16, 1996)

Who Will Save Your Soul (Live 2 Meter Sessions At VARA Studio, Netherlands – October 16, 1996)


Disc 2:

Down So Long (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

What’s Simple Is True (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Foolish Games (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Do You (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Who Will Save Your Soul (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Innocence Maintained (Live At Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO – January 22, 1999)

Fat Boy (Live At Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK – November 14, 1997)

Deep Water (Live At Fox FM Studios, Melbourne, Australia – February 25, 1999)

Enter From The East (Solo Acoustic Outtake)

The Sue Lee Song (Demo)*

Hands (Studio Outtake)*

Songs Of Freedom (Studio Outtake)*

Last Dance Rodeo (Home Boombox Demo)*

Wandering (Demo)*

Gloria (Demo)*

Barcelona (Live At Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – July 9, 1999)*

Down (Live At Woodstock ’99, Rome, NY, July 25, 1999)

Beeswax Operetta (Studio Outtake)*

*previously unreleased


Spirit (25th Anniversary Edition) (Digital):

Deep Water

What’s Simple Is True

Hands

Kiss The Flame

Down So Long

Innocence Maintained

Jupiter

Fat Boy

Enter From The East

Barcelona

Life Uncommon

Do You

Absence Of Fear

This Little Bird

Hands (Single Remix)

Down So Long (Single Remix)

Jupiter (Swallow The Moon) (Single - Alternate Version)

What’s Simple Is True (Soundtrack Version)

You Were Meant For Me (Live 2 Meter Sessions At VARA Studio, Netherlands – October 16, 1996)

Who Will Save Your Soul (Live 2 Meter Sessions At VARA Studio, Netherlands – October 16, 1996)

Down So Long (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

What’s Simple Is True (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Foolish Games (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Do You (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Who Will Save Your Soul (Live At Colegio Oficial de Medicos de Madrid, Spain – February 11th 1999)

Innocence Maintained (Live At Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO – January 22, 1999)

Fat Boy (Live At Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK – November 14, 1997)

Deep Water (Live At Fox FM Studios, Melbourne, Australia – February 25, 1999)

Enter From The East (Solo Acoustic Outtake)

The Sue Lee Song (Demo)*

Hands (Studio Outtake)*

Songs Of Freedom (Studio Outtake)*

Last Dance Rodeo (Home Boombox Demo)*

Wandering (Demo)*

Gloria (Demo)*

Barcelona (Live At Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX – July 9, 1999)*

Down (Live At Woodstock ’99, Rome, NY, July 25, 1999)

Beeswax Operetta (Studio Outtake)*

*previously unreleased


Spirit (2-LP Vinyl):

A1: Deep Water

A2: What’s Simple Is True

A3: Hands

B4: Kiss the Flame

B5: Down So Long

B6: Innocence Maintained

B7: Jupiter

C8: Fat Boy

C9: Enter From the East

C10: Barcelona

D11: Life Uncommon

D12: Do You

D13: Absence Of Fear





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