The release of Alvin Stardust’s final album, his first in 30 years, has been brought forward following his death.
The singer died on Thursday, at the age of 72, after a short illness.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him.
The former glam rock star had been due to release the album, titled Alvin, on 3 November, but it will now be out on 27 October.
Speaking shortly before his death, Stardust said the album would represent “a new and exciting departure” of which he was “immensely proud”.
His record company, Conehead, has issued a statement saying the album was “a worthy testament to a talent that endured, and a reputation that will continue even after his death”.
“It’s a reflective, speculative and deeply personal album that beguiles with an open honesty that recalls the best of the singer-songwriter genre.”
The album was produced by Richard Scott and Scott Ralph, known as Daftdog, who have written for Robbie Williams and Michael Buble.
They said Stardust gave his all to the creative writing process, “something to our knowledge, in spite of his huge musical heritage, he’d never been given the chance to do before”.
They said it was “a privilege and pleasure” to work with Stardust and said the album “captures Alvin’s vast musical and life experiences”.
Speaking a few weeks before he died Stardust revealed the chance to make the album “came out of the blue”.
“We got together for a one-off try at writing something. I was blown away with the result.
Source:: BBC Entertainment