Adam Lambert has been busying himself by taking part in recording sessions with Max Martin (who was behind the singer’s Grammy-nominated Top 10 hit “Whataya Want From Me”), hitting the set of Glee for his recurring role as Elliot “Starchild” Gilbert and prepping for his upcoming summer tour with Queen. But while Lambert has parted ways with RCA since the release of his 2012 sophomore LP Trespassing, that isn’t stopping the label’s parent company Sony from issuing The Very Best Of Adam Lambert in May, via imprint Sony Legacy.
According to Billboard, the compilation will be released on May 27 — a mere three weeks before the Adam/Queen tour kicks off at Chicago’s United Center (on June 19). Hmmmm. Interesting timing. Might Sony be regretting losing the American Idol alum, now that he’s suddenly so prolific in 2014?
While with RCA, Lambert released two albums — 2009′s Gold-certified For Your Entertainment and 2012′s Trespassing — as well as two EPs in 2010 (Remixes and Acoustic!) and one in 2012 (the remix collection Trespassing EP). The below tracklist of 14 songs shows that Sony pulled from these releases, as well as the singer’s stint on Season 8 of Idol (“Mad World,” “One” and “Tracks Of My Tears”) and Glee (“Marry The Night”) for The Very Best Of Adam Lambert. Also included: “Time For Miracles,” from the 2012 movie soundtrack.
As noted by Billboard, part of the liner notes for the compilation reads as follows:
If some of these tracks feel like musical mission statements, it’s in their skillful fusion of mainstream pop and rock with left-of-center, if not underground, musician and pop-cultural markers, and their clear conviction towards that mission. And it that’s not the hallmark of an artist who’s unfailingly true to himself… well, you are invited to listen to some more until you get it.
At any rate, below is the the tracklist for The Very Best. We’ll assume most tried and true Adam Lambert fans have most, if not all, of these songs already.
Personally, we say roll on the new material soon, Adam — it’s been far too long!
1. Mad World (American Idol Performance)
2. One (American Idol Performance)
3. Tracks of My Tears (American Idol Performance)
4. Time For Miracles
5. For Your Entertainment
6. Whataya Want From Me
7. If I Had You (Radio Mix)
9. Can’t Let You Go
10. Trespassing (Radio Edit)
11. Never Close Our Eyes
12. Better Than I Know Myself
14. Marry The Night (Glee Cast Version)