Great news from the Rhino Records family, a 16-song collection will be released on August 31st. This will also include the previously unreleased “Can It Stay“. It’s classic Gerald and you can check it out after the jump. Having had the pleasure to work with Gerald several times, I can honestly say not only do we miss his music, but his personality, sense of humor and undeniable presence. Rest in Peace to both Gerald and Sean.

From the Press Release:

Rhino Records pays tribute to Levert with a collection of his greatest work, including the previously unreleased “Can It Stay.” THE BEST OF GERALD LEVERT will be available on August 31 at all retail outlets, including, for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $10.99 (digital). “Can It Stay” is available for download now at all digital retailers.
Spanning two decades, the 16-song set is the first collection to span Levert’s entire extraordinary career and also features liner notes by Cornel West. Arranged chronologically, the album begins with the single version of the Grammy-nominated “Casanova,” a #1 R&B/#5 Pop smash he recorded in 1987 with Levert.

Three tracks come from Levert’s 1991 solo debut Private Line, including the single version of the title track, “School Me,” and the R&B #1 “Baby Hold On To Me,” which features the singer teaming up with his father, Eddie Levert, the lead singer of The O’Jays. The father and son recorded together frequently over the years, including the poignant ballad “Already Missing You” (#7 R&B), which is featured here and taken from the duo’s first album together, 1995’s Father And Son.

THE BEST OF GERALD LEVERT touches on Levert’s work with singers Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill in the R&B supergroup LSG with “My Body” (#1 R&B/#4 Pop), from trio’s Grammy-nominated, double-platinum debut, Levert-Sweat-Gill (1997). The collection concludes with two tracks from Levert’s posthumous Grammy-winning 2007 album In My Songs, the title track and “DJ Don’t,” as well as the previously unreleased “Can It Stay.”