Joan Osborne drops never-before-seen demos and live performances on “Radio Waves”

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Joan Osborne releases a collection of previously unreleased demos and live studio radio recordings titled radio waves (Womanly Hips Records), released February 22, 2022.

The singer and songwriter unearthed the long-lost recordings after canceling her tour due to the pandemic, following the release of her 12th album Troubles and conflicts. The 13 titles of radio waves are a handpicked collection of songs by Osborne, who sifted through his archive of over 100 radio station performances, each serving as a time capsule of his 25-year career.

“Most of my life’s work disappeared without a trace,” says Osborne. “I’ve made over 10 studio albums, but the vast majority of the songs I’ve sung hundreds and thousands of times over decades of touring the world have never been recorded.”

radio waves covers a wide range of Osborne’s musical styles and features a 1995 single “Saint Teresa” from a 1995 KCRW session, and ends with his rendition of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everybody is a Star”, played at the KROQ in 2002.

Additional tracks include covers of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”, Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today”, and deeper cuts like Bill Withers’ “Same Love That Made Me Laugh” and “Real Love” by Toshi Reagon.

radio waves track list:

1. “Saint Therese” (KCRW, 1995)

2. “My Love Is Alive” (KPRI, 2000)

3. “Dream A Little Dream” (demo, 2005)

4. “How sweet” (RadioBremen, Germany, 2003)

5. “Shake Your Hips” (WXPK, 2012)

6. “One of Us” (DutchRadio, 2001)

7. “Real Love” (demo, 2006)

8. “Little Savage” (KBCO, 2008)

9. “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” (The Loft, SiriusXM, 2012)

10. “Make You Feel My Love” (Radio Bremen, Germany, 2002)

11. “Only You Know and I Know” (The Loft – Sirius XM, 2012)

12. “Love needs love today” (Radio Bremen, Germany, 2002)

13. “Everybody’s a star” (KROQ, 2002)

Photo: Jess Fasano / All Eyes Media

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