Two weeks ago today, June 13, marked the 28th anniversary of the 1995 release of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, the album which catapulted the Canadian singer-songwriter to global stardom. Rhino has just announced a first-time vinyl reissue of an album that celebrated the 10th anniversary of this breakthrough: Morissette's 2005 greatest hits compilation The Collection. The release featured 18 tracks drawing on Alanis' four American studio albums to that point and songs from other one-off appearances. This new vinyl reissue will hit store shelves on August 25 in a variety of editions.
Alanis Morissette's first two albums did not indicate the direction her music would take for her biggest smash record. Released on MCA in her native Canada, 1991's Alanis and 1992's Now is the Time had critics comparing her to Debbie Gibson or Tiffany. While Alanis was successful, Now is the Time did not fare as well and MCA did not extend her two-album contract. Undeterred, she graduated high school and moved to Toronto and began writing with producer Glen Ballard. The result would be Jagged Little Pill.
Morissette signed a deal with Maverick Records and on June 13, 1995, Pill was released. Expectations may have been muted, but they were soon far exceeded. Her personal lyrics and songs about anger, love, loss, and apathy struck a chord with audiences and came amid the alternative movement of the 1990s. Pill took off like a rocket and would eventually sell over 33 million copies, going 16x Platinum and becoming the 16th best-selling album of all-time in the U.S and the third best-selling by a female artist. It was also named the "Top Pop Album of the 1990s" by Billboard and hit the No. 1 spot in numerous countries around the world. Six singles were released, with the most successful being "Ironic," which hit No. 4 on the U.S. Hot 100. That song, along with four others ("Head Over Feet," "You Learn," "You Oughta Know" and "Hand In My Pocket") were chosen for inclusion on The Collection. Jagged Little Pill also garnered much critical praise and Morissette and the album received four Grammy Awards. It was adapted into an acclaimed Broadway musical in 2018.
Alanis' next album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, followed in 1998. Inspired partly by the artist's trip to India, the record found her sound evolving and critical reaction was more mixed. But the public still turned out, propelling Junkie to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its first week and marking the most sales by a female artist for an album in its first week (a record which broken two year later by Britney Spears). It would eventually be certified triple Platinum and garner more Grammy nominations. The biggest single off the album was the gold-certified "Thank U" which peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100. It is joined on The Collection by the last single off the album, "That I Would Be Good."
Only one song from 2002's Under Rug Swept made the cut for The Collection. "Hands Clean" was the first single off the Platinum-selling album and made the top 25 on the U.S. chart. Alanis' most recent studio album at the time, 2004's So-Called Chaos, was shown a bit more love on the compilation with two songs being featured: "8 Easy Steps" and "Everything."
Several songs on The Collection are drawn from Morissette's appearances on soundtracks and other various albums from 1995-2005. On the soundtrack side, you have "Uninvited" from 1998's remake of City of Angels, "Still" from 1999's Dogma, and Alanis' cover of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" from 2004's De-Lovely. One of Morissette's contributions to Jonathan Elias' 1999 album The Prayer Cycle, "Mercy" is also included. Drawn from the 2002 compilation Feast on Scraps are "Simple Together" and "Sister Blister." That album contained some of Morissette's B-sides and unreleased material. Two live tracks also make an appearance: "Princes Familiar" from 1999's MTV Unplugged, which made its debut on that concert recording, and "So Unsexy" from 2004's Vancouver Sessions. This live version of the Under Rug Swept song was originally an Itunes bonus track in 2005 but has been added to this vinyl edition of The Collection. The compilation is rounded out by a cover of Seal's "Crazy" which Morissette had sung in a Gap commercial and is featured here in a remix.
Upon its release in 2005, The Collection made the Billboard 200 and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Alanis has released four more studio albums to date and a couple of live albums since 2005, among many other projects. She is currently on tour through November.
The Collection comes out on August 25 from Rhino in a 2-LP set. The regular black vinyl version will be available at retailers everywhere while two variants are also coming out: a transparent grape-vinyl version exclusive to Target and a crystal-clear vinyl version at indie record stores. If you would like to get this new edition of The Collection, we've got the full tracklisting and ordering links below.
LP 1, Side 1
- Thank You
- Head Over Feet
- Eight Easy Steps
- Crazy - James Michael Mix
LP 2, Side 2
- Princes Familiar
- You Learn
- Simple Together
- You Oughta Know
LP 2, Side 1
- That I Would Be Good
- Sister Blister
- Hands Clean
- Mercy - From The Prayer Cycle
LP 2, Side 2
- Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
- Hand In My Pocket
- So Unsexy - Vancouver Sessions 2004