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Joan Armatrading (Digitally Remastered)

Joan Armatrading (Digitally Remastered)

22 Sep 1997

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1976
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1976
  • Label: Mercury Records Limited
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 A&M Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 42:03
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  • ASIN: B001KUFDDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,084 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Every time I listen to this, I'm amazed all over again at how good it is. I always think of this as the debut album, though it's not. But this is where the real JA begins. Trouble is, it's so good that she never got any better, but then that would have been near impossible. So what's so good about it? Well... everything. Joan's voice goes from soft and pure to mocking and ironic to rocky and confident. Sometimes in the same song. She sounds so authentic, so real, so unique. Brilliant lyrics only add to ten of the best songs penned last century - they're all as good as the one(s) you alreaddy know. But the best bit is the band, who create stunning backdrops for these songs, whether languid, rocking, or whatever. I much prefer the sound on this album to any other JA album: it's softer, cleverer, more special, more complex. And the sound quality is great too.
What can I say? This is really an album nobody should be without.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ben Basing on 4 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album following a review by Derek Jewell on Radio 3 (if you're not British BBC Radio 3 is the serious classical station) in 1976, I had very little exposure to popular music at the time and was really take with this- Jewell played Water With the Wine, Down to Zero and Love and Affection, I remember his selection more than thirty years later. The lyrics are effective and personal, yet universal- tunes are catchy but it was the voice that caught me. Partly because of the Glynn Johns production and something technical in the recording/mixing- I bought nine copies of the LP- one cassette and then, eventually, the CD which has none of the sibilance of some of the cheaper LPs. I was bothered that the songs would be too sentimental or no more than memories of my teenage years but this is not at all so, and it is clear to me now that she really can play the guitar.

This is Joan's third LP, (Back to the Night and Whatever's for Us were earlier, but not where to start) Show Some Emotion and To The Limit are this kind of style, then Me Myself I is louder and more guitary. Buy this one and you'll get the set, if you get a Greatest Hits you'll end up buying the original albums anyway!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. M. Hammond on 13 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Mr Butterfield puts it perfectly in one of the earlier reviews. It's hard to fault this album. In complete contrast to the previous reviewer who thinks that there's no songs which stand up today - there are a number which to my tiny mind have rarely been topped (Tall In the Saddle is my personal favourite). The kids don't really get it - but then again they go to McFly concerts............

5 stars ,in my top 20 albums of all time (and I've got over 1000!)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By john_mp@hinge.mistral.co.uk on 12 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
An excellent album which sees Joan stride into top form. If you only want one JA album, get this one. Contains two songs ("Water in the Wine" & "Down to Zero") which are as good as anything she's done. Also contains her most famous song, "Love and Affection". Good recording - Joan has great presence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By musiclover on 7 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
Easily one of the best albums of all time.

Yes, it's as good as Abbey Road, Let it Bleed, Madman Across the Water, Harvest, Blood on the Tracks, Innervisions, and a few others.

If Joan were white and a man, she'd be revered in perpetuity for this effort, by the same people who praise the above albums AND Joni Mitchell as their token female genius.

Equally visionary, personal, moving, and bursting with sheer musical talent, this groundbreaking album has stood the test of time, and then some. The production values alone are out of this world!

Every single track is highly addictive.

Don't get me wrong, when this album came out it did made big waves, and of course there's still a loyal following for JA. But except for "Love & Affection" (which still gets some airplay), the public at large - and rock journalists in particular - have forgotten about this fantastic album.

Time to change that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oggy on 27 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
i sent for the joan armatrading cd that i bought 25 years ago, it was an LP then, as i don't own a record player anymore i thought i would buy the cd. The cd came within 2 days and sounds as good now as when i heard it all those years ago. The cd itself was brand new, making the Amazon experience quite special.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 16 Oct 2010
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This is the first Joan Armatrading album I ever bought in vinyl. I love it so much I just had to have it in CD as well. This is classic Joan and a must for any fan.
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