Tuesday, May 3, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: LENNY KRAVITZ - CALIFORNIA

"California", Lenny Kravitz
"California" is the second single from seventh studio album "Baptism" by Lenny Kravitz, released on May 17, 2004, by Virgin Records America.

The album reached #14 on the Billboard 200 and #74 on the UK Album Chart. As of March 2008, Baptism has sold 551,000 units in the U.S. but mostly because of the success of the first single Where Are We Runnin': California in fact, failed with charts. Only in Italy it obtained good results.

Lenny Kravitz originally intended this album to be a 1970s style funk album, simply titled The Funk Album. However, at the point of near completion of the record, he changed his mind when he picked up an acoustic guitar to write the songs for the album. Having stated that songs started pouring out of him, Kravitz decided that his special project could wait. Instead, Kravitz recorded a more straight-forward rock album similar to his 1989 album Let Love Rule.

The album was recorded at Hotel Edison studios in Miami, Florida and also features a contribution from rapper Jay-Z on the song "Storm". "Storm" was originally titled "(I Can't Make It) Another Day" and was originally recorded with superstar Michael Jackson. Kravitz had previously played guitar on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse.

Kravitz had mentioned in an interview that at the time of the album's production, he was in dispute with his record label, who did not agree with his decisions to alter his project, saying that the album featured some darker material representing his stage of depression and other problems he was going through at that time.

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