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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mid-Price
  • ASIN: B00015HIIQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Traveller on 20 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
Only 7 tracks - most of them quite lengthy. Title track is a Joe Cocker song - and this is an excellent version, the spoken part near the end is quite unusual and fairly amusing. Mainly for pure Esther Phillips fans like me.
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Well according to blog out there, The Queen of Soul gave her Grammy to this singer as she believed this singer deserved to win the Grammy not her. When Aretha does that, you know the singer has to be good. Well the albuM in question is still available, and I am awaiting it, as it is consider a masterpiece. But as I listen to this album and other's reviews of her other albums, it appears that all of her albums are masterpieces according to others. So I urge you soul,funk, jazz, blues lovers out there to buy this album. Her voice is reminiscent of Betty Davis, Billy Holliday and certainly the soul of Aretha Franklin. We all know how good Aretha is, Aretha tried to tell the world something, and as others have stated, the world did not really appreciate what she had done at the Grammy's. buy this while it is cheap, as her first three albums for the Kudu label, bar this one are expensive, indeed, her second album on Kuku costs nearly £100. This third album is beautiful in so many ways a classic and a life long companion in your life to come- a small price to pay?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Esther's 3rd CTI Masterpiece! 27 Feb 2004
By Dr.D.Treharne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the third album that Esther cut for Creed Taylor's CTI album. It marked a change from the previous two in that the string arrangements were undertaken for the first time with this artist, by Bob James; it's a subtle but very important change. Secondly the material stretches out from the straight-ahead R&B to embrace a range of varying styles. This being the case, the album is not as 'immediate' as the previous two, but is just as satisfying when it yields all its nuances. My favourite tracks are her reading of Bill Wither's "Justified" which is a great version.There's a particularly sensual and burning version of "I've only known a stranger" and a straight ahead jazz version of Leonard Feather's "You could have had me baby".While I'm writing about it I should also mention the title track, which is a Joe Cocker track given a particularly good makeover. That's four out of the seven tracks mentioned already, so when you consider that there's a bonus unreleased track as well out of the remaining three,it makes you realise what good value it is. Add in an excellent set of sleeve notes, and this is another 'must have' Esther Phillips album!
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Oh God yes,the blues... 4 Jan 2007
By Ima Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Little Esther,this is the one to hole up with when life has done you wrong,the boss is a beast, the man bought golf clubs with the money put away for serious stuff,the mother-in-law made a crack about any skill I have,total funkdom. Sometimes I have to listen twice for the recovery from self-pity but it always works and I return sassy,a touch crusty and ready to take it all on again.Good Stuff.
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Favorite disc by Favorite singer! 29 Nov 2006
By Christopher Enzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This whole disc is just so delicious. Not only to my subjective ears, either. Whenever I'm playing this in my salon, my customer always asks, "Who IS that?" Each song is different, gorgeously produced with a big, soulful 1970s sound that Creed Taylor had imagined would unite Jazz with R&B. And what amazing songs: starting with the angry "Justified"-"'cuz when I met ya, baby, Florence Nightingale shoulda been your Nurse but ole Red Cross Me, I'm gonna take the job but now I think I'm to the point I need one myself, really!" Mmm! Carolyn Franklin (Aretha's sister) wrote "Too Many Roads Between Us" surely up there with "Neither One of Us..." as one of the saddest love songs ever. "You Could Have Had Me..." by Leonard Feather could have been seedn as kissing up to the auther of The Jazz Encyclopedia so Esther hangs out on the song for almost eight minutes and finds meat never thought to be on that bone! "I've Only Known A Stranger" Wow! Breath taking. Old style Jazz with Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad" but feel it, funk it, make it new. Go Esther! A big surprise for us old people who used to listen to Esther on LP or 8track- a NEW song "Tangle In Your Lifeline" is as personal and lovely as anything whe ever recorded. When I bought this cd, it was only available as an import at $22.95. Now you can get it for under $11! What are you waiting for?
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