Critically-acclaimed musician and songwriter Jamie Cullum has today re-released his multi-million selling, 2003 album Twentysomething, available on vinyl for the very first time via Decca and Universal Music.
Arriving exactly 20 years after it was first released (20th October 2003), the special 20th anniversary edition features the original album across three sides with a selection of non-album tracks, and session recordings on the fourth side, along with a bonus version of ‘Everlasting Love’, his 2004 UK No. 20 single, originally recorded for the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film soundtrack. Territories with a D2C offering are able to purchase a limited edition blue vinyl edition.
Speaking on the release, Jamie said: “Twentysomething is the album that completely changed my career and has given me the opportunity to record and perform all over the world for the last 20 years. I made it in thrall to all the great musicians and songwriters I was obsessed with, in multiple genres, with the curiosity of the aspiring jazz musician. It’s been my guiding principle across my last 9 nine records. Twentysomething is a record still in the hearts of so many people who come to my shows and listen to my music. It’s so moving to me to see people who came to my album launches as teenagers in 2003, now coming with their own music obsessed children. Singing all those songs we recorded in 3 weeks in the summer of 2002 in London. As a long time vinyl collector, I remember being sad that this record didn’t come out as a bonafide record back in 2003 so I am thrilled that it is now. It was recorded to reel to reel analogue tape too so finally it is on the medium it was recorded for!!”
Twentysomething peaked at No. 3 on the UK Album Chart, spending almost a year on the Top 75, and reached No. 83 on the US Billboard 200. On the specialist charts, it made No. 1 on the UK Official Jazz & Blues Album Chart, and No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. The album has since sold over 3 million copies worldwide, with over 1 million sales in the UK (3 x BPI ‘Platinum’ Award), and holds the honour of being the fastest selling jazz album in chart history, with its sales in 2003 leading to Jamie being the UK’s highest selling jazz artist in history.
With continued success across Europe (IFPI Platinum Sales Award for 1 million sales in 2004) and in Australia and New Zealand, the album includes two of Jamie’s most streamed tracks, ‘What A Difference a Day Makes’ (14.7m streams in 2022) and ‘These Are The Days’ (8.8m streams in 2022), ensuring this 20th anniversary reissue is a must-have collectable for all fans of Jamie’s music.
On release, respected jazz critic John Fordham (writing in The Guardian) said, “Cullum’s virtues are a remarkable relaxation (which makes music-making, even in a sophisticated studio recording, sound like fun to him), a youthful bounce that makes his work engagingly airy and light, and a hipness of timing that marks him out from many of his competitors.”
With over 10 million album sales to date and his successful BBC Radio 2 show, Jamie Cullum is globally celebrated, meeting loyal fans wherever he goes. His legendary live shows have seen him work alongside artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock , Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and Lang Lang, whilst the success of his major label breakthrough, Twentysomething and its follow up Catching Tales saw him nominated for a BRIT, Grammy and numerous other awards around the world. He recently won the Ivor Novello award for best song musically and lyrically for his song “The Age of Anxiety” from his critically acclaimed album Taller.
In addition to his enduringly successful recording career, he has also established himself as a multi-award winning music broadcaster. He approaches all aspects of his career, as he has from the beginning, as both a fan and a student with seemingly boundless creativity and enthusiasm.
LP1 – Side A
01. What A Difference A Day Made
02. These Are The Days
03. Singin’ In The Rain
05. But For Now
LP1 – Side B
01. Old Devil Moon
02. Could Have Danced All Night
03. Blame It On My Youth
04. I Get A Kick Out Of You
05. All At Sea
LP2 – Side C
01. Wind Cries Mary
02. Lover, You Should Have Come Over
03. It’s About Time
04. Next Year, Baby
LP2 – Side D
01. Everlasting Love (Single Version)
02. I Get The Sweetest Feeling (Single Version)
03. Frontin’ (Live at the BBC, 2004)
04. Can’t We Be Friends
05. High And Dry (US Version)
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