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Into the Blues

Joan Armatrading Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429
  • ASIN: B000NVHWMU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Woman In Love
2. Play The Blues
3. Into The Blues
4. Liza
5. Secular Songs
6. My Baby's Gone
7. D.N.A.
8. Baby Blue Eyes
9. Deep Down
10. There Ain't A Girl Alive
11. Empty Highway
12. Mama Papa
13. Something's Gotta Blow

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet? A serious return to form..DIVINE! 24 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a long standing Joan Armatrading fan, I've diligently bought every album, hoping, but slightly disappointed. I haven't been blown away since the early days of To The Limit or 'Joan Armatrading'. THIS IS THE ONE! Edgy, raw, impassioned, this is exactly where I think Joan should be. It's rugged blues but it's so much more aswell. She's in the best voice she's been and that's her greatest strength. All self penned songs, it sounds like her most honest - 'Mama Papa' is her 'Nutbush City Limits' (a sparse Ben Harper meets Bobbie Gentry classic). It's also very uplifting; despite a sprinkling of her yearning ballads, protest songs - she's obviously in a good place. This is RL Burnside blues not Robert Cray - lowdown-minimum polish. I've always thought Joan was one of the most under-rated British talents - this is her swansong and she deserves huge success from it. If you want to hear Joan Armatrading without the lush 80's sheen that dogged some of her more recent output, this will repay your faith 10 times over. I love it, love it, love it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mature masterpiece of a mature woman 18 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with Joan in the mid-70's after hearing her Back To The Night album (vinyl issued 1975; so sad it is currently unavailable on CD) and her 3rd album called simply Joan Armatrading (1976). I was extremely charmed by her vocal (smooth & husky & strong & natural, capable of unbelievable finesses, which were, however, very functional and devoid of any signs of exhibitionism). She had an outstanding technique of tone forming which varied with every syllable she sang. The other point was she was a fantastic song-writer of charming melodies, performed with great feeling, only occassionally bluesy. Her lyrics has been also delightful, sensitively marking the intimate spaces between two people. I came back to JA in the early 80's (Me Myself I, 1980) and then again, I somewhat forgot about her (being principally a rock fan). Then it took me another 15 years to get astonished for the third time, by means of her fantastic comeback with the album What's Inside (1995). I thought this was to be her last masterpiece ... and I did not expect she might ever level this.

However, this album shook me again. It preserves all the above mentioned attributes of JA's art, but, in addition, it indeed extends them. (I cannot recall many in the showbiz world that would be artistically growing and maturing being aged 57 - the majority can at best level previous efforts, but never go beyond). Joan's vocal darkened a bit, maybe as a consequence of the repetoire she performs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could it have been better? 9 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Please note from the start that I am a BIG fan of Joan Armadtrading and some might therefore consider me biased! However, I like to think that I'm capable of being fairly objective when it comes to reviewing things.

I recently bought Joan's "ALL THE WAY FROM AMERICA" DVD (2-disc Limited Edition). I love that DVD but I won't shy away from the fact that the camera work (in places) is just ATTROCIOUS!!! I sit watching it and shake my head in disgust at what often appears to be amateurish photography and editing. Why do I mention this DVD?? Because it makes the "Into The Blues" Deluxe Edition DVD shine like a diamond!

Coming to this CD without a real love of Joan's work may result in a lukewarm reception, but it does contain some superb material and just needs a few listens. I often find that my favourite albums are those which don't initially rock my world. Anyway, apart from the CD, you simply MUST buy this Deluxe Edition for the concert on DVD. It's a cracker!!

I'm going seeing Joan at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester in May 2010 and if the concert's as good as this one, I'll be over the moon. Joan's voice seems to have got better and better as she's aged. She's an amazing songwriter, a unique vocalist and an excellent guitarist. Britain's Best!

Tom
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet? A serious return to form..DIVINE! 17 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a long standing Joan Armatrading fan, I've diligently bought every album, hoping, but slightly disappointed. I haven't been blown away since the early days of 'To The Limit' or 'Joan Armatrading'. THIS IS THE ONE! Edgy, raw, impassioned, this is exactly where I think Joan should be. It's rugged blues but it's so much more aswell...sometimes delicate, sometimes angry..a little bit folky, a little bit new wave..ironically, despite being most closely rooted in blues, this is probably the most contemporary and vital she's sounded in 30 years. She's in the best voice she's been and that's her greatest strength. All self penned songs, it sounds like her most honest - 'Mama Papa' is her 'Nutbush City Limits' (a sparse Ben Harper meets Bobbie Gentry classic). It's also very uplifting; despite a sprinkling of her yearning ballads, protest songs - she's obviously in a good place. This is RL Burnside blues not Robert Cray - lowdown-minimum polish. I've always thought Joan was one of the most under-rated British talents - this is her swansong and she deserves huge success from it. If you want to hear Joan Armatrading without the lush 80's sheen that dogged some of her more recent output, this will repay your faith 10 times over. I love it, loveit, love it!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Variation from Joan
For me the stand out track on this varied album is " There aint a girl alive who looks in the mirror like you do ". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. T. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan as never heard before!
It ain't strictly the Blues, but it is sensational none the less. I can admit her other stuff has never really done it for me as I am more into Rock, R&B and the blues. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. J. MEARS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
If you like Joan Armatrading you will like this recording it is typical of her recordings. Glad I bought it.
Published 16 months ago by Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Love her early work. Hate this album.
OK so artists have to move on and try new things and I suppose full marks to Joan Armatrading for at least attempting something different. Read more
Published on 5 May 2012 by mariopops
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Blues, Joan Armatrading
Good album, mixture of more up beat songs and more emotive blues songs. I particularly like 'A Woman in Love' and 'Empty Highway'.
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan in Frisco LIVE
I was there. Joan's performance on the DVD included is NOT to be missed.
Heaven indeed!
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by William Faure
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate cool
I could use dozens of superlatives but nothing could properly express my joy over these 13 tracks which are not all strictly pure blues numbers, they are much more cleaver and... Read more
Published on 5 July 2010 by Redjazzty
1.0 out of 5 stars The Roches
You seem to be suffering the same fate as Spotify in that you have a copy of The Roches album instead of Joan Armatrading. Can you fix this?
Published on 4 Feb 2010 by 346GNU
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting the DVD
The CD is excellent - Joan is really feeling the blues. But it is worth getting the special edition as the DVD is highly engaging as well - if you like the CD you will also like... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2009 by Two Sevens Clash
4.0 out of 5 stars there may be some fans for whom it is too experimental.
an album which leaves you with mixed feelings, unlike Joan's previous albums, which are full of rich memorable melodies. Into The Blues is a much more uncompromising album. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2008 by phil mars
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