Paul Stanley has announced the March 5th release of Now And Then, his long awaited R&B set by his side band, Soul Station. The group has played sold-out club dates in the U.S. and Japan, with the debut album featuring 14 tracks — five originals and nine classic covers.

Among the covers included are the debut cover single of the Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child," the Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," the Delfonics' "La-La (Means I Love You)," and a pair of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles evergreens — "Tracks Of My Tears" and "Ooh Baby Baby."

Paul Stanley explained in the press release for the new set: "Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

In the video trailer for the Soul Station album, Paul Stanley explained that in many ways this music is different from what he does with Kiss — but it's essentially coming from the same inspiration: ["It's a very different thing to be paying homage to someone else's music. And understandably, people are surprised when they think of me doing it; Y'know, I've also done Phantom Of The Opera. I'm not on a crusade. . .  I'm not the spokesman or flag-bearer for rock n' roll, or metal, or blues rock — or whatever. I play music. I sing. That's what I do."] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . what I do)

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