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Full Time Woman: Lost Cotillion Album [Original recording remastered]

Irma Thomas Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Soul Queen Of New Orleans" Irma Thomas enjoyed a run of national success in the U.S. in the mid-'60s with classics like "Wish Someone Would Care," "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" along with the original vocal version of "Time Is on My Side" (later a massive hit for the Rolling Stones), recorded for Imperial Records. Following a short stint at Chess Records, Irma recorded for Canyon before being signed to Atlantic Records by the label's much renowned executive, Jerry Wexler. A first session in 1971 yielded one single, "Full Time Woman" (produced by noted New Orleans music legend Wardell Quezergue), which failed to chart but was singled out by Wexler in a 2007 interview as one of his all- time favorite recordings. Undaunted, Atlantic arranged further sessions for Irma in Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia throughout 1972 – yet none of the material was ever issued. Noted soul music historian and SoulMusic Records founder David Nathan uncovered all the tapes of this treasure trove of previously unreleased material during vault research in 2005; now, more than 40 years after they were originally recorded, Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album brings all of Irma's recordings for Atlantic (under its Cotillion imprint) to light for the first time! Irma puts her own distinctive, ever-soulful stamp on such tunes as the standard "Time After Time," Bobbie Gentry's 1969 hit, "Fancy," and Billy Walker's country hit, "Tell Me Again," alongside the funky "She's Taken My Part" (the flipside of "Full Time Woman"), and R&B-flavored original material including the highlights "Waiting For Someone," "Our Love Don't Come Easy" and two early '70s Philly soul cuts, "No Name" and "Adam & Eve" with remastering by Alan Wilson at Western Star Studio in the U.K. and liner notes by David Nathan that recount his personal odyssey in search of these tapes, Ima Thomas: Full Time Woman - The Lost Cotillion Album features a full 13 unreleased tracks and represents a major addition to the Irma Thomas discography. Brought to you by Real Gone Music and SoulMusic Records!

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15-track treasure trove of early 1970s recordings for the Atlantic label, 13 of them never released before in any format!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not great 11 Jun 2014
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Maybe proof that not all unreleased albums deserve release ? Nothing else on the album matches the intensity of "Full time woman ".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost LP 9 Jun 2014
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Disappointing lost album - not up to the standard of the single. I can understand why it was originally shelved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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What a nice surprise to hear some unissued tracks from Irma Thomas, who is usually associated with the best of New Orleans music. Here the majority are from an unreleased album for Atlantic/Cotillion from the early 70s. Just two of the fifteen cuts, namely 'Full Time Woman' & 'She's Taken My Part' were released in 1971. These cuts and 'All I Wanna Do Is Save You' originated from the Malaco studios with New Orleans producer Wardell Quezegue at the helm. They stand out for their quality and make this collection thoroughly worthwhile.

The remainder of this unissued LP were cut at Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia studios and are not as strong but do contain some enjoyable moments. 'It's Eleven O'clock' has a 'news report' style opening that is fun and is a strong example of 70s soul albeit without stretching Thomas' vocals whilst the last cut 'Adam & Eve' is pure Philly-soul and showcases an ununsual setting for Irma. In honesty some of the rest is a tad uninteresting. Her record company didn't release the album partly because they didn't think she was commercial anymore. There may be truth in this as the material doesn't compare in strength to the Imperial years in the 60s or indeed to her last fifteen years or so. In conclusion, a decent, enjoyable set that doesn't represent her best material but nevertheless has some quality high-lights and of course, it's Irma Thomas who was one of the very best.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ATLANTIC SOUL FRM 1972 4 April 2014
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 recently discovered sides by New Orleans “Queen of Soul” recorded in Mississippi, Detroit and Philly 13 Mar 2014
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one example of what the reissue label – Real Gone Music (comprised of many who were in involved in the “golden years” of the Rhino label) – does best. Though the front cover of the 47-minute CD says “includes previously unreleased masters” from sessions waxed by NOLa sould legend Irma Thomas, it only tells part of the story. Only TWO of the 15 tracks were ever issued – these being the A and B sides of Thomas single for the CBS subsidiary label “Full Time Woman”/ “She’s Taken My Heart”. The rest have never been issued. As you will read in producer David Nathan’s excellent liner notes in the 16-page booklet (in typeface you can actually read!), the bulk of the tracks here were discovered in a mislabeled tape box while he was searching the Atlantic archives in Los Angeles.

Thomas is in fine form on these tracks – some of which run past the four-minute mark!- and there are some interesting arrangements, like the “soul take” on the Juke Styne/Sammy Cahn standard “Time after Time”. I love the quirky spoken-word intro to the clever “It’s Eleven O’clock (Do You Know Where Your Love Is?)”. The sound quality is excellent (they used the master tapes) though Thomas seems a bit lost in the background on the track “Could It Be Differently”. But, I’m sure that was in the original mix, and it’s still great Irma. The last two tracks were recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philly and produced by Bunny Sigler. The last track “Adam and Eve” has the “Philly Sound” stamped all over it, and I really like it, though it is a long way from Thomas’ standard style.

The packaging is attractive, the sound great (except as noted above) and the liner notes are informative. What more could you ask for?

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 July 2014
By Dr. S. Shurville - Published on Amazon.com
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