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Baby, I'm For Real!

Esther Phillips Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Raven
  • ASIN: B00HX9QLKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
2. From A Whisper To A Scream
3. To Lay Down Beside You
4. That's All Right With Me
5. 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone
6. Sweet Touch Of Love
7. Baby, I'm For Real
8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
9. Scarred Knees
10. Use Me
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Justified
2. I've Only Known A Stranger
3. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
4. Black-Eyed Blues
5. Too Many Roads
6. You Could Have Had Me, Baby
7. I Feel The Same
8. Performance
9. Doing Our Thing
10. Disposable Society
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

On great value Double CD, 'Baby, I'm for Real 1971-1974' combines four classic albums Esther Phillips recorded for Kudu Records: 'From a Whisper to a Scream' (1971), 'Alone Again, Naturally' (1972), 'Black-Eyed Blues' (1973) and 'Performance' (1974). Phillips was one of the most versatile singers of her generation, equally adept at blues, soul, jazz, pop and country. Her idiosyncratic vocal style was similar to Nina Simone although she acknowledged Dinah Washington as her main inspiration. Staring out in the early 1950's as Little Esther, it was only when she signed to producer Creed Taylor's Kudu label in 1971 that she enjoyed her most consistent success with a string of brilliant and highly acclaimed jazz-influenced soul albums, four of which feature here – mellow soul-jazz grooves and funk moves with her impassioned vocals well to the fore. From a 'Whisper to a Scream' boasts her sublime performance of Gil Scott-Heron's heart wrenching tale of drug addiction, 'Home is Where the Hatred Is' which is now regarded as a rare groove classic. Featuring a crack team of jazz, funk and soul session players (Eric Gale, George Benson, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Maceo Parker etc). With superb audio, detailed liner notes and three bonus tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ESTHERS 1ST FOUR KUDU ALBUMS 24 Aug 2014
AFTER BEING BADLY PRODUCED AT ATLANTIC RECORDS FOR MANY YEARS ESTHER RETURND IN TRIUMPH WITH THESE ALBUMS THAT WERE BEST SERIOUS CONTRIBUTION TO FEMALE SOUL SINGING IN THE EARLY 70S.THESE ALBUMS OUTSHINE ARETHAS 70S RECORDINGS .ARETHA KNEW THIS!.ESTHER WAS A DIFFICULT WOMAN BUT LIKE LADY DAY U CANT SOUND LIKE THAT AND BE MRS MAINSTREAM.LIKE LADY ESTHER HAD A SERIOUR DRUG HABIT THAT EVENTUALLY KILLED HER.THESE KUDU ALBUMS ARE A MASTERCLASS IN JAZZ/SOUL SINGING AND IN MY OPINION NOONE EXCEPT BILLIE SUNG WITH SUCH EMOTIONAL INTENSITY.BRAVO TO ESTHER RIP X
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5.0 out of 5 stars Esther, For Real! 17 May 2014
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This is an essential compilation of some of Esther's most important albums, plus previously released bonus material! There simply was no one else like Esther: that special voice, that look...that hypnotic talent. Undoubtedly acquired taste, she stamped her patent sound on every song, making them her own, and making us want to play them again and again. Sadly, Esther, like Whitney, suffered substance misuse issues, resulting in both performers leaving us far too early, aged only 47 and 48, respectively. Whitney's public struggles tarnished her latter work, but Esther retained her characteristically gritty abilities to the tragic end. I'm not ashamed to admit that I stood in a London news agent and shed a tear on reading about Esther's passing. She was well worthy of my tears, and my cash - so back to this CD. There are too many highlights here, but I am particularly taken by Living Alone, Baby I'm For Real, Home is Where The Hatred Is, I've Only Known A Stranger, I've Never Found A Man, Do Right Woman, Brother Brother, Can't Trust Your Neighbor, and I Can Stand A Little Rain. But I love everything else here too, I really do.

I met Whitney in her happier days, and even saw a fragile Ella do her thing in London in the 80s. Last month I saw Marlena Shaw at Ronnie Scott's and was mindful that she was perhaps one of the last surviving female greats of the jazz genre. It was more than a treat to share some quality time with her after her amazing show. Meeting Esther would have been an absolute dream come true, but it wasn't to be. At least we can continue to enjoy her music and personality through this brilliant 4 album/double CD. My ears and heart are very happy indeed.

Dearest Esther, what a wonderful, wonderful difference you made. Love from us all.

(Vernal Scott, author of the non-fiction book, God's Other Children - A London Memoir)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Esther Phillips 11 May 2014
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Brilliant CD covering the best of her Kudu recordings. Esther is one of the great soul ladies of our time, a must for any true soul fans collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful soul music 3 July 2014
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Esther Phillips is one of the underrated soul singers . She deserves lot of recognition. These albums here are reissued in a double CD.
Listen to them, and enjoy her personal , vibratic and nasal voice giving these songs a wonderful treatment. Here you can understand why Arethe Franklin gave her grammy to Esther saying she deserved it as much as she did. Of course the musicians and the arrangments are alos suberb.
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2.0 out of 5 stars price change 2 Jun 2014
I looked at this yesterday having looked at a very favourable review of a reissue of one the albums included on this. If my memory services me correctly, the price of this has now increased between 2 and 3 fold today. Wish I'd bought it yesterday. Don't think I'll be buying at this price now.....
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