The Ronettes icon Ronnie Spector will release her first album of new material since 2006 this spring. The singer's 1960s British-themed English Heart comprises her takes on songs from the era, which she handpicked. It includes her renditions of songs originally performed by the Kinks ("Tired of Waiting"), the Animals ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), the Beatles ("I'll Follow the Sun") and Gerry & the Pacemakers ("Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying").
The first single is her take on the Rolling Stones' "I'd Much Rather Be with the Boys," which was written in 1964 by Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham. In her version, she flips the original perspective and switches up the title to "I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls."
Her Sixties and British music focus pays homage to a pivotal time for the Ronettes and Spector. "I'll never forget my first impressions of England in that winter of '64. I'd never traveled outside the U.S. before," she said in a statement. "To arrive at Heathrow and be welcomed by those kids was an amazing feeling. We'd never had fans waiting at an airport to greet us." January 1964 was also the time that "Be My Baby" was storming the UK charts.
English Heart will be released on April 8th.
English Heart Track List
1. "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"
3. "I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls"
4. "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"
5. "Tired of Waiting"
6. "Tell Her No"
7. "I'll Follow the Sun"
8. "You've Got Your Troubles"
9. "Girl Don't Come"
10. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
11. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"