Reba announces ‘For My Broken Heart’ 30th Anniversary vinyl pressing

Set will be released this July

Reba McEntire has set a 30th anniversary pressing of her 1991 heart-wrenching album, For My Broken Heart, as the Vinyl Me, Please Country Record of the Month for July 2021. The 10 track album will be available on 180-gram Magenta Galaxy vinyl and features a new tip-on gatefold jacket and listening booklet penned by freelance journalist Natalie Wiener.

“This album holds a very special place in my heart, and so I’m glad we’re getting to re-release it with all new packaging, liner notes and this beautiful magenta vinyl,” Reba shares in a video announcing the edition.

For My Broken Heart is McEntire’s 16th studio album and features the mega hits “Is There Life Out There,” “The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” and the title track. The album saw McEntire team with Tony Brown for co-producing credits for the second time.

The album was the country star’s tribute to the lives lost of her band and crew following a devastating plane that crashed into the side of a San Diego mountain range on the morning of March 16, 1991. The album is currently certified 4x platinum by the RIAA, and remains the best selling album of her 40+ year career.

“These are stories without redemption, without a cheerful twist or upbeat perspective,” Weiner shares in the new booklet. “If country music so often pulls from the blues’ signature blend of pathos and humor, For My Broken Heart doesn’t shy from expressing heartfelt, deep sadness without an easy antidote. It’s most potent on the album’s closer, ‘If I Had Only Known’ — a song so gutting McEntire has rarely performed it live. In the studio, she could barely get through it. The understandable emotion in her usually strong, unwavering voice is audible throughout; there are shakes that don’t sound intentional, words that trail off instead of being hit with her typical punch. It is a song seemingly written for the occasion, one that might have sounded maudlin without the simple arrangement and the raw emotion that Reba put into it.”

Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) is a music company and record of the month club whose mission is to experience music more deeply.

VMP was founded in 2013 and has since grown its monthly subscriptions to 30,000 while serving over 100,000 music fans across 40+ countries worldwide by offering one-of-a-kind vinyl pressings, diverse music-centric events and content across all genres. VMP continues to rebel against the commoditization of music by operating with the belief that music is worth owning and appreciating.

The reissue follows last year’s Rumor Has It: 30th Anniversary Edition and 2019’s Read My Mind: 25th Anniversary Edition.

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