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Soul Queen of New Orleans [CASSETTE] Import

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (2 Jan. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mardi Gras
  • ASIN: B000005XGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Breakaway
  2. Ruler of My Heart
  3. Hittin' on Nothin'
  4. Hip Shakin' Mama
  5. For the Good Times
  6. Don't Blame Him
  7. Friendly
  8. It's Raining
  9. Wish Someone Would Care

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Great early career music.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8dc87a50) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
HASH(0x8d615960) out of 5 stars Another poor/lazy tape-sourcing of this exquisite music 28 Sept. 2015
By Stephen Espinola - Published on
Format: Audio CD
NOTE: My review is linked to two entirely different CDs with the same title, which is confusing and wrong. I'm referring to a 2-CD digipak with its title on a purple stripe near the bottom, and a 1960s photo of Irma.
This is an expanded, reordered re-release of Charly's out-of-print Irma Thomas "Ruler of Hearts" CD.

The material itself is exquisite. But this release is a mixed bag for a collector of Irma's music.

On the plus side:
1) A bunch of pretty pictures of Irma
2) Programming which is chronological by release date (though not by recording date...the Bandy single of "Whenever"/"For Goodness Sake" is from an earlier session)
3) A more complete version of the 1976 live set featured on "Ruler of Hearts" (and earlier Island and Charly LPs)
4) Two demos with their prior irritating beeps digitally removed, half-decently.

On the minus side, for this perfectionist:
I was hoping that this might finally be a definitive compilation of the complete Ron and Minit-Bandy singles--using the original, correct mono mixes and edits--well-mastered, accurately annotated, and programmed according to recording date. That's not what we have here.

1) The first four tracks appear in far better sound on Rounders' "New Orleans Ladies." In at least one case here, it appears the engineer simply sourced a lo-bitrate MP3 from the other set!!! That's inexcusable. I wonder if it is even legal.

2) The Minit/Bandy singles are clearly sourced from the "Ruler of Hearts" CD and treated to additional processing. That set is interesting in that it includes some alternate, extended mixes....but they seemed to be sourced from old test pressings and acetates. Rather than take the extra step of finding the best possible tapes, this release simply treats the 1989 release to further digital manipulation. This is lazy. Many of these songs sound better on other comps (which I detail in my other reviews). Fades are cut off here, ungracefully. On the positive side, the clicks that plagued that set have been removed.

3)The essay is well-intentioned and decently informed, but badly edited and full of redundancy. The program notes have no recording or release dates, and get the credits wrong: "I Done Got Over It" should be credited to Ernie K-Doe/Kador, not Toussaint. Some Ron tracks claim composers are "unknown" even though the photos of the 45 labels provide the credits. And on the live CD, "I Did My Part" is called "I Won't Cry" and mis-credited to "Labostrie-Ruffino" instead of "Naomi Neville" aka Toussaint).

4) It deserves mention that a few Irma tracks from this period have never been collected in the digital era. There is a rare single on the Bumpa label, "Foolish Girl"/"When I Met You" which some believe is a 1965 release of songs recorded earlier. The original Bandy single of "Whenever" was a different, strange mix with the drums coming to the forefront only after the first verse. And, on a 70's Bandy LP, an inferior but interesting (worth hearing) outtake of "Ruler of My Heart" appeared. I'm assuming these tapes still exist somewhere.....why not take the effort for this major artist, and put out a decent, complete CD?

In short, if you have the prior digital releases of this material, and have any ability to clean up minor audio glitches yourself, the only reasons to get this set are a few pretty pictures of Irma, and the 1976 live covers of "Lady Marmalade" and "Shame Shame Shame" that were left off "Ruler of Hearts."A collector would be better off getting "Ruler of Hearts" to hear its alt mixes in their complete form.

But If you can't get the "Ruler of Hearts" CD, and aren't a perfectionist, this will do.
HASH(0x8d81b75c) out of 5 stars Love this lady her music is fabulous 3 May 2015
By Possum - Published on
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Love this lady her music is fabulous, how come I have only just heard of her. My CD collection has definitely been enhanced.
HASH(0x8e00b7e0) out of 5 stars Two Stars 30 Jan. 2016
By Donald Buttram - Published on
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Don't care for the none standards songs.
HASH(0x8d824fb4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Jan. 2015
By Susan Cantwell - Published on
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One of my favorite CD's!
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HASH(0x8e08918c) out of 5 stars wonderful 27 Dec. 2011
By fours - Published on
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a wonderful album by a great artist. irma thomas is a new orleans icon and this album captures her sound wonderfully.
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