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Sunshine After The Rain: The Collection

1 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Spectrum Records
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 2:25:02
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  • ASIN: B0038WCY1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,597 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Lancaster on 3 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Elkie Brooks is one of the best soul and blues artists we have in this country.

This is a collection that spans Elkie's career from 1964 up to the present day and is worth having for many reasons but the main one for me is that the material Elkie recorded in the 1960s has finally been released - having previously available on a fan club only LP some years ago.

Listening to those recordings it is very clear to hear Elkie's soul and blues influences shining through, particularly her affinity with Etta James on Something's Got A Hold On Me.

It's also great to have some other 70s and 80s album tracks that have not previously made it to CD available here, along with all the classics.

It's fantastic too to have some of the Vinegar Joe tracks included in an Elkie compilation.

I missed a star because I would have liked something from the Bookbinders Kid and Inspiration albums included and perhaps Circles which I think include some of Elkie's best material.

Overall though a great CD to celebrate Elkie's 50 years as a singer/songwriter and performer.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lordy on 13 Mar. 2010
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I agree largely with both of the reviews already published. There are one or two quibbles over what has been included and what has been ommitted. It's great to hear some of Elks 60's material, which I had not heard before and is very good, as well as some Vinegar Joe.

What I wanted to draw attention to is the difference the re-mastering makes. Whilst not perfect, the extra clarity given to her most familiar material is I think revelatory. For example, I have always loved her version of Nights in White Satin, but preferred to hear it live or the orchestral version from her Amazing album. Somehow the original with its swirling synths sounded a little dated. But wow. Just listen to it now. There is textural interest and depth in the music while Elk gives a performance of thrilling intensity. Fantastic. And the same can be said for so many of the recordings in all their new shiny fresh splendour. Add to this a remastered Superstar (possibly my favourite by Elk)and you have THE essential Elkie Brooks compilation. For a ridiculously low price.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Slaughter on 6 Mar. 2010
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Very few artist will have the good fortune sound strong personality to be in control of their musical map, but are sadly pushed into one genre in order to `sell' - but that's generally at a price, becoming pigeon holed and out dated, the amazing thing about this lady is that she has refused to sell out or play the `management' game and could have so easily do so.

This latest cd release is demonstration as to just what you start to get, and what you get is pure 100% talent, very few singers have the ability vocal range and soul to even try such a wide range of styles.

Having played this several times I'm still astonished that one singer can then go from a heart breaking Ballard that'll will melt ice to a blues classic that seems made to measure, which follows with one of the raunchiest of rock songs ever, such as the Proud To Be a Honky Woman , then you get her covering a Pink Floyd classic such as Money, with-out question the range of material that Elkie Brooks can cover and included on this double cd is quite remarkable, but listening to her voice closing as I have been today, not surprising in fact the only surprising thing is that she's not a bigger star than she deserves

For sound fans take note the re mastering is outstanding, overall one of my best buys to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This double CD is the most comprehensive collection of Elkie's music yet released. The first CD is similar to previous compilations, focusing on hits and covers of other songs. Some covers (Nights in white satin (Moody blues(, Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac)) show that Elkie can take famous songs and keep them interesting. Others (such as Lilac wine) she plucked from obscurity and made her own. This CD contains much great music, most if not all previously released on CD.

The second CD showcases Elkie's blues roots. It also includes covers, but of bluesy songs such as Hello stranger (Barbara Lewis), The way you do the things you do (Temptations), Rescue me (Fontella Bass), He's a rebel (Crystals) and Do right woman do right man. The first 13 tracks on this CD pre-dates Elkie's commercial breakthrough and some may be making their CD debut. I am particularly pleased to have this CD, as it gives an insight into Elkie's early recordings that I knew of but had not heard. The trio of tracks that end the CD are particularly interesting covers, being Black coffee (originally by Peggy Lee, a great blues singer when she chose to be), I'd rather go blind (previously covered by Chicken Shack, whose lead singer later joined Fleetwood Mac and sang lead on their version of Don't stop) and Roadhouse blues (Doors).

I suppose most people will play CD 1 more often than CD 2, but the collection is great from start to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karen Clarke on 21 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant album, old and new, her voice is wonderfully soulful, to be recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward on 28 April 2010
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Elkie Brooks has to be the finest female singer to come from the U.K. This album shows her ability to sing just about any style of music. This she does with greatness. From Jazz to Rock to Blues. This lady can hit those notes like no other.
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