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An Imitation Of Love [Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Millie Jackson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Funkytowngrooves
  • ASIN: B00BPUXSNU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love
2. Wanna Be Your Lover
3. Love Is A Dangerous Game
4. An Imitation Of Love
5. Mind Over Matter
6. It's A Thing
7. I Need To Be By Myself
8. I Fell In Love
9. Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love (7 Inch Version)
10. Love Is A Dangerous Game (Extended Mix)
11. Wanna Be Your Lover (7 Inch Version)
12. It's A Thing (Extended Mix)
13. Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love (Instrumental)
14. Love Is A Dangerous Game (Instrumental)

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First Ever Expanded Edition 6 Bonus Tracks Re-mastered From Master Tapes Liner Notes by Alex Henderson When Jive Records released Millie Jackson s An Imitation of Love in 1986, Millie Jackson knew that the R&B landscape had changed considerably since the 1960s and 1970s. The Georgia-born singer had made a name for herself performing bluesy, gutsy rugged southern soul of the 1960s/1970s variety, drawing on influences that included Etta James, Koko Taylor, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Carla Thomas, among others. And that type of R&B still had an audience in 1986, but it was an audience that on the blues circuit or in the A&R departments of small independent labels like Malaco Records and Alligator Records not at commercial urban contemporary radio stations. So Jackson, who turned 42 in 1986, decided to record an album that balanced classic soul considerations and urban contemporary considerations; that approach paid off handsomely, resulting in the most successful album she recorded during the 1980s. Working with producers who included Timmy Allen and Wayne Braithwaite, Jackson demonstrated that she could be relevant to the urban contemporary scene of 1986 and still be faithful to her soul roots. The Millie Jackson story began on July 15, 1944, when she was born in Thomson, Georgia. Jackson, however, spent much of her upbringing in New York City and nearby Newark, New Jersey and it was around 1964 that she started performing live in and around the Big Apple.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great re-release! 22 Jun 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
It's wonderful to see this album given a new lease of life - I have long loved all of Millie's Jive recordings, of which this was the first. Millie's singing is up there with the greatest ever and the material is very appealing, with an 80s soul sound, very bright and cheerful, against which the vocals range from colourful to plangent to touching - but never less than thrilling! My favourite track is Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love, which exists in a live version on Back to the S***. You need to hear both versions, but this studio one is an absolute classic. The last track, I Fell In Love, finishes the album on an equally high note, if slightly rueful ... Millie, like all great artists, always has an element of surprise.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WAS GOOD !! 19 Mar 2014
By James Glass - Published on Amazon.com
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I've looked for this CD for years so when I saw it was in reprint I was very excited.I was very pleased with the service and the product. It was worth the wait.
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Millie but NOT this CD 30 Jan 2014
By Ms. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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HEARD MILLIE JACKSON SPEAK OF THE ALBUM SHE MADE THAT WAS "CLEAN". HAD NO IDEA THIS ONE WAS IT. SONGS WERE GOOD...OF COURSE BECAUSE ITS NO OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL MS JACKSON HERSELF. I PERFER & ENJOY WHEN SHES OPEN & FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD " FOUL MOUTHED" IN HER RECORDS. IMITATION OF LOVE IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SONG. HEARD IT ON A CASSETTE TAPE ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO. THE PERFORMANCE WAS "LIVE"....BEEN LOOKING DESPERATELY FOR THIS ALBUM BUT NO SUCCESS FINDING AT THIS PRESENT TIME
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue 16 July 2013
By Ryan Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a relief to finally see 'An Imitation of Love' back in print - for a while there I thought I was never going to own a CD of this album with the prices as high as they were. But Funky Town Grooves has come to the rescue, and they've included a few terrific bonus tracks to make the ultra-low price of this remastered CD even sweeter.

It took me a while to warm up to this album, because it is a bit more mainstream and has a different sound from Millie's previous albums at this point in her career. At first, aside from the fabulously filthy opener, "Hot! Wild! Unrestricted! Crazy Love", I thought this album seemed a bit clean for her. But if you listen closely, she's just as raunchy as ever - the slick, glossy 80s production just covered it up a bit. 'It's a Thang' is hysterical, and it's one of the best tracks here (especially the 12" version included as a bonus on this reissue). I'm also quite fond of her cover of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover", and the big R&B hit, "Love Is a Dangerous Game". The title track is a gorgeous and tender ballad.

I interviewed Millie myself, and she told me that her albums for Jive were put together by several different producers, which resulted in a hodge-podge of different sounds. This probably accounts for the lack of identity on these albums compared to the ones she did for Spring Records, and her infamous 'Back to the S__t!' live album was intended as a return to her signature sound and "rapping". That's not to say 'An Imitation of Love' is a bad album - far from it! It is certainly the best studio album she recorded for the label, though I find 'The Tide Is Turning' to be of very high quality as well. I sure hope that Funky Town Grooves will continue to re-release Millie's Jive-era albums with bonus tracks.
3.0 out of 5 stars Post Spring Millie 5 Jun 2013
By Luigi Facotti - Published on Amazon.com
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A solid, outing for Millie Jackson - originally released on Jive/RCA -not as spontaneous and with less soul than her many previous albums on Spring. Nonetheless it has been described as her best and most successful album in years. One important point -a gentlemen named Ron Wynn who is affiliated with the AllMusic series of artist/album reviews has noted that the present album was originally called "Back to the S*#t". This is incorrect. The latter album - released as Jive 1186-2-J in 1989 - was a live album recorded in Baltimore and is a far better example of Millie's trademark music making. While inevitably vulgar - it is both exuberant and funny with all her trademark monologs - the highlight being "I'm Waiting Baby/Will you love me tomorrow". Now that's an album that deserves re-release.
5.0 out of 5 stars Millie is SINGING!!!!! 26 May 2013
By Craig Horsford - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the pleasure of working at BMG music when this lp was released and I enjoyed listening to it recently as much now as when it was 1st released. The ballads on this lp are OUTSTANDING!!! All of Millie's records on Jive are very good esp, the follow up to this lp called "The Tide Is Turning". I would recommend these lps to anyone who likes good R&B music.
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