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  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Soul Music Records
  • ASIN: B004EK3L2Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

· A teen star in the `50s (as "Little Esther"), an R&B hitmaker in the `60s ("And I Love Him"), a jazz stylist and disco favourite in the `70s ("What A Diff'rence A Day Makes"), the late ESTHER PHILLIPS was capable of creating a truly diverse legacy of recordings

· Esther signed with Mercury Records in 1977: as Executive Producer, Esther chose star drummer/artist in his own right, Harvey Mason as a producer for her third set ("Here's Esther...Are You Ready?").

· With Mason, Esther put her distinctive vocal stamp on hits of the day (Natalie Cole's "Mr. Melody" and Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom") alongside great original tunes such as "Bedtime Stories," a popular rare groove cut among UK soul music lovers.

· Esther's fourth and final Mercury LP ("Good Black Is Hard To Crack") was produced by renowned jazz saxman Benny Golson (writer of "Killer Joe"): once again, the earthy singer chose a range of great material including Willie Nelson's "Crazy," Loleatta Holloway's "Cry To Me" and "We've Got A Good Thing Going," another popular UK groove track, originally cut by Michael Jackson.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Traveller on 19 Jan. 2011
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The 3rd & 4th of Esther's Mercury recordings on one Cd.
HERES ESTHER ARE YOU READY?; This is my favourite Esther Phillips Album.
Super unique Esther versions of Natalie Cole's Mr Melody, Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom, her version of 'Our day will come' is excellent and was released as a single, but alas no hit.
GOOD BLACK IS HARD TO CRACK; This was Esther's final Mercury album. Once again - the material is first class. A combination of good pop, soul, disco etc.
There was one more album made after this one, in 1984, called 'A way to say goodbye' which as yet has not been released on Cd ...but IS available as a different title from Amazon ...called 'FA FA (SAD SONG)... also worth having. Why this superb artiste did not get the recognition she deserved will always be a mystery to me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne VINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2011
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It's pretty obvious that Harvey Mason was given the production role for "Here's Esther are you ready?" because Mercury thought that he was capable of producing another hit in the mold of "What a diff'rence a day makes" for her third album for the label.In doing so, he largely ignored the style of soulful singing that marked her out from other divas, and concentrated on more upbeat disco material, that in some ways didn't really suit her style. "I'll close my eyes" is classic Esther material (it had been recorded by Dinah Washington) whilst the bittersweet "I hope you'll be very unhappy without me" also stands up. Otherwise the material is clearly aimed at the feet, not the heart- some works quite well, but the take on Ruby and the Romantics "Our day will come" seems contrived. The album has a patchy, transitonal feel.To compensate, "Good black is hard to find" redresses the balance- with Benny Golson brought in to produce.He clearly had an understanding of both her personal problems and her potential, drawing down a wide spectrum of material from the Jackson 5's "We got a good thing going" to excellent versions of "Crazy" and Mable John's " City Lights".In fact it's a really strong set, helped by the luminary sidesmen that Golson brought in like trumpeter Snooky Young. This is a really strong album, unfortunately delivered late to the label, which subsequently dropped her. This is another excellent pairing from SoulMusic and is highly recommended- even with reservations about her 'disco' tracks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rockhead on 17 July 2011
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I remember one time Aretha (when she and Esther were at Atlantic) won some award, and said I don't deserve this - give it to Esther. Esther floors me completely she did Disco better than anyone - still sounds so fresh. But jazz, country all within her stride. Most under estimated singer ever. Buy anything with her name on it - she never recorded one single bummer. RIP beautiful.
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By Buko Banta on 18 Feb. 2014
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...not bad...i would have preferred certain tracks from goo blck but it looks as if the chose the worst tracks...you can't always win...can you?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Soulfully sublime~Bravo Esther Phillips! 16 April 2011
By Bradly Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Esther Phillips at her absolute peak in these two incredibly great Lp's finally available on compact disc...final major lablel classic works by the legendary master are totally awesome & should have been wildly successful yet with no promotion or airplay sadly were appreciated only by hard-core fans of this uniquely original & brilliant singer who was gone way too soon. Esther & her tremendous group of stellar musicians delivered big time yet she struggled through these great sessions knowing with no promotion these awesome works would go unnoticed and sadly she was right...remember each release as a total special occasion wearing out old vinyl copies, Esther appeared in small jazz clubs giving memorable performances that seem like only yesterday...remember "I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me", "Bedtime Stories" & "We've Got A Good Thing Going" being among the best ever from Esther and wondered what was wrong with the music industry not getting behind recordings from this once-in-a-lifetime magnificent musical wonder who with her magnetic presence was so incredible to experience in concert. "Mr. Melody" & "Philadelphia Freedom" are definitive and "Love Makes A Woman" is a tremendous classic that should have gone through the roof as should have the incredible "Our Day Will Come" remake. From "Here's Esther, Are You Ready?", wonderfully seductive "I'll Close My Eyes" is classic Esther as is "Crazy" from the awesome "Good Black Is Hard To Crack" masterwork...easy to go on and on about every great track like wildly funky gem "Pull Yourself Together" or the riveting & intoxicating "Changin'" tour-de-force but best just get this divine masterpiece of a collection and be wildly entertained over and over from one of the greatest ever...Bravo Esther, RIP special lady, you are loved & missed!
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Awesome CD 24 May 2012
By Don McCormick - Published on Amazon.com
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In today's environment I usually eil not buy the entire cd. This is an exception. The entire cd is a wonderfull compilation that showcases her skill as an entertainer.
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