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In Between Tears [VINYL]

Irma Thomas Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alive Records
  • ASIN: B00C44PEL0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Between Tears
2. She'll Never Be Your Wife
3. These Four Walls
4. Whats So Wrong With You Loving Me
5. You're The Dog (I Do The Barking Myself)
6. Medley: Coming From Behind (Monologue)
7. Wish Someone Would Care
8. Turn My World Around

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A lost classic that captures deep soul at its most poignant and resonant, couching Thomas deeply affecting vocals in earthy arrangements that emphasize the singer s gospel roots. AMG // Produced by legendary soul singer / songwriter / producer Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg, and featuring Duane Allman on two songs, In Between Tears is finally back on vinyl with its original cover for the first time since 1973. The CD digipack version also includes her single for Canyon records, as well as newly penned liner notes. Re-released for the first time on vinyl since ITS original release IN 1973!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album 4 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
For me, this album has stood up to many listenings and got me interested in Swamp Dogg's other productions (such as Doris Duke and Sandra Philips) as well as his own recordings.

This release of the album is a digipack reproduction of the original 'In Between Tears' album with a couple of extra tracks from a single issued in the same period. (Kent also have a release with these tracks plus 9 more 70s recordings so if you want more...) This disc is pure five star material though; it ranges from outstanding shorter snappier tracks - 'In Between Tears' & 'What's So Wrong With You Loving Me' to the epic reworking of 'Wish Someone Would Care'. There's not a second wasted on this album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware 6 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All tracks previously available on Kent 260.Music o.k.Not the best Irma Thomas by any means in my opinion and certainly not a good introduction to her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great '70s Irma, featuring the songs of Swamp Dogg! 11 Jun 2013
By Leopold Stotch - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I understand that Irma herself is not a fan of this record, and I can sorta see why: Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams) wrote most of the songs and produced it, and his ribald and unbridled approach to soul is a few steps off from Irma's increasingly regal style, which on subsequent records has put greater emphasis on more elegant, sophisticated sentiment and has featured a bit less sass (although Irma can sass it up when need be).

Still, I find that Swamp Dogg's snappiness actually nicely offsets Irma's quasi-cabaret inclinations, and her nuance and grace as performer and interpreter bring a depth and intensity to his songs that he himself can't always muster. It's a win-win -- just check out the absolutely majestic title track and the devastating "What's So Wrong With You Loving Me?" Fine stuff, and the production, which is tight but lets the rough side drag a little, is ideal -- and for this listener, much more appealing than Irma's more lauded (and MUCH slicker) Rounder disks of the '80s, '90s, and '00s.

A lost bit of '70s soul, and a real treasure to have in it's original form (although it should be mentioned that this entire album, plus some stray singles, are available via Ace Records on a comp called "A Woman's Viewpoint"). No matter how you find it, it's a stone classic.

That said, if you are enjoying the nicely pressed vinyl edition of this record (and other Swamp Dogg-related titles on Alive), you WILL like me be disappointed that the LP editions:

- Do not include the liner notes and photos featured in the CD versions.
- Do not include the bonus tracks on the CD editions.
- Do not provide a complimentary digital download of the music (this would have been the best way to distribute the bonus tracks to vinyl consumers).
- Are packaged in flimsy paperboard sleeves (a small complaint -- they can't all be Stoughton, I guess)

It's almost as though Alive is trying to punish people who purchase the more expensive format. Classy. I emailed them and asked if it would be possible to just get an electronic copy of the liner notes, and they replied and said that would be "very complicated." Yeah. Putting a low-res PDF--or just the text--on a secret page of your website is SO HARD. Docked a star for this needless oversight.

UPDATE: Alive Records is now including a flier with the liner notes from the CD editions when you order the LPs directly from them. It doesn't address every issue, but it is a nice gesture and is much appreciated.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From Irma Thomas' lost years 25 May 2013
By Comment Man - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Irma Thomas' career has been like a great ocean liner setting out for a distant port. With cheers and champagne, the New Orleans' crowds saw her start with such fantastic Toussaint produced singles like Time is on my Side. And when she returned home 20 years later or so, she opened a famous club and won the title "Soul Queen of New Orleans"; she released consistently strong productions and least one masterpiece, The River.

Alas, in between, her great voice--which is her great ocean liner--was lost in inferior productions and second rate songs, and her career adrift in a Sargasso sea of mediocrity. This CD is rightly advertised as a "lost" CD--however, the copy I bought went over the top when the writer called it a masterpiece or classic or whatever misused cliche he used. The problem is not Irma Thomas' voice--which is magnificent--nor the musicians who played well. The songs are simply tired and uninspired and the arrangements ordinary. The CD sounds like typical early seventies soul, the close but no cigar music that every era throws up and is better just forgotten.

The CD packaging is exceptionally shoddy. The cover is just strange; the linear notes are worse than strange. The producer of this CD, Swamp Dogg, channels humor I don't share--I don't find it amusing that a producer should boast that he owns the rights to release this CD and that Irma Thomas ignored him years after he produced this mess. Considering that he apparently actively harassed her, I don't find her reaction surprising.

Duane Allman does show up on two of the cuts.
This is not a terrible CD--it is simply average--from an artist who is normally good and often great.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irma Thomas' lost early-70s soul sides 19 May 2013
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format:Audio CD
After relocating from New Orleans to Los Angeles, soul queen Irma Thomas largely disappeared from public view for a few years. But a series of singles produced by Jerry Williams (a.k.a. Swamp Dogg) on the indie Canyon, Roker and Fungus labels led to this eight-track release in 1973. Williams had proven himself a talented musician and producer, and in the latter capacity he leaves behind the absurdist humor of his own records to bring Thomas a helping of Southern soul and West Coast funk. Thomas' new material, much of it written by Williams, has plenty of bite, but it's more personal than broad. The wistful drama of her early Minit and Imperial sides had given way to something heavier, more worldly-wise, weary and womanly. When she sings of broken relationships, it's from the experience of being spurned rather than the hope of being accepted, and when she takes stock of her life, she's not afraid to highlight problems with the balance sheet. The transition from her earlier work is particularly apparent in a remake of "Wish Someone Would Care" which evolved from heartbroken yearning to mortally wounded. Alive's 2013 reissue adds two bonus tracks, including the pre-album B-side "I'll Do it All Over You." This little-known album caught Thomas in a fiery and outspoken mood, and its return to print makes a welcome addition to her better-known releases. [2013 Hyperbolium]
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Soul 21 Aug 2013
By mr. a - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First heard of Irma Thomas just last Christmas when I heard her version of Oh Holy Night, I was blowing away and ran to my laptop to find out more about her, I was shocked to see that she has been putting out music since the 70's, I was more shocked that I hadn't come across this living legend before now, how glad I am that I found her and her amazing body of work. This is my first cd from her and I love it. Her vocals are bluesy, raw, soulful and sexy, love all the songs here... I'd high recommend this cd to anyone looking for some deep soul music.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great reissue 27 Aug 2013
By JipMan - Published on
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The sound quality and content of this record is well worth the cost (which is very reasonable). Irma at the height of her talent and power reduces my heart to that of a little schoolgirl and uplifts my spirit with provocative themes and impassioned singing. This record hold very good musical value.
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