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A Woman's Viewpoint: the Essential 1970s Recordings [CD]

Irma Thomas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B000CR89KO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Between Tears
2. She'll Never Be Your Wife
3. These Four Walls
4. What's So Wrong With You Loving Me
5. You're The Dog (I Do The Barking Myself)
6. Coming From Behind (Monologue)/Wish Someone Would Care
7. Turn My World Around
8. We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore
9. I'd Do It All Over You
10. I'm So In Love
11. Can't Get Enough
12. Save A Little Bit For Me
13. That's How I Feel About You
14. A Woman Left Lonely
15. Dance Me Down Easy (Remix)
16. Zero Willpower
17. Don't Blame Him For What You Didn't Do
18. Safe With Me
19. Looking Back

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Product Description

• For the first time in one compilation, Kent is proud to present the cream of the "Soul Queen Of New Orleans" 1970s recordings.

• With songs and productions by such major names as Jerry Williams Jr pka Swamp Dogg, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and Monk Higgins and Dee Ervin, the soul connoisseur will need no persuasion whatsoever to purchase.

• Includes the whole of Irma’s Swamp Dogg-penned and produced 1973 Fungus album "In Between Tears", plus selected recordings from her tenures with Canyon, RCS and Scepter/Wand (including one previously unissued track from the latter label).

• Recorded in Macon, Muscle Shoals and Baton Rouge and guaranteed to appeal to any admirer of 70s southern soul – particularly the thousands who have already purchased Kent’s strong-selling Doris Duke;also primarily written and produced by Swamp Dogg.

• Kent’s previous Irma Thomas CD "Time Is On My Side" has been one of the biggest sellers in the label’s history. As with that one, Irma still performs many of the songs featured on "A Woman’s Viewpoint" in her stage act and at last here is the chance to add them to your collection.

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(1970s) (67:18/19) Southern Soul für Labels wie Canyon, Fungus, Roker und RCSMedium 1
  1. In Between Tears
  2. She'll Never Be Your Wife
  3. These Four Walls
  4. What's So Wrong With You Loving Me
  5. You're The Dog (I Do The Barking Myself)
  6. Medley: Coming From Behind / Wish Someone Wou
  7. Turn My World Around
  8. We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore
  9. I'd Do It All Over You
  10. I'm So In Love
  11. Can't Get Enough
  12. Save A Little Bit For Me
  13. That's How I Feel About You
  14. A Woman Left Lonely
  15. Dance Me Down Easy
  16. Zero Willpower
  17. Don't Blame Him For What You Didn't Do

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Looking 4 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ah, you've found it at last. The lost ark of recorded soul music. There it is, behind that beaker of Christ's blood, beneath the broken tablets....you can move them to one side. There. Track 6. You can rest now, because it really does not get any more stirring than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of New Orleans 3 Jun 2013
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A great singer for over 50 years. Irma is the Queen of new Orleans. What more do you need to say.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Irma's Southern Soul 3 Jan 2007
By Truth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After recording for Minit and Liberty/Imperial in the early 1960s and finishing the decade with a short stint at Chess Records, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans" recorded for several record labels; that is where these recordings are derived.

After recently having her home destroyed by hurricane Katrina and performing at the funeral of journalist (CBS's "60 Minutes) and Jazz aficionado Ed Bradley, she continues to record.

A WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE: ESSENTIAL 70s RECORDINGS consists of 19 songs, recorded in the 1970s (1970-1979) on Canyon/RRG/Roker, BASF/Fungus, and RCS labels (none from Atlantic are included, and seem to be unavailable or unreleased); tracks are not in chronological order. Disc packaged in standard black jewel case; total running time: 67:20. Booklet includes a detailed essay by Tony Rounce, track release years, and photos of original 45s. The sound quality is good (tracks 12 & 13 are mono and of a lesser quality).

Two "mystery tracks" are included (track 10, "I'm So in Love", and track 11, "Can't Get Enough"), which may have been recorded in the late 1960s. The version of "Don't Blame Him for What You Didn't Do" (track 17) is a live recording from 1977 (the horns in the intro suffer from an audio distortion), which concludes with a brief yet still prolonged dialog by an announcer and Irma herself. Track 6 is a cover of Thomas's own "Wish Somebody Would Care", preceded by a 5 minute "monologue" (rap), not unlike those of Millie Jackson (the track is over 12 minutes in length, with her vamping for the last third of the track). Most of the songs are around 3 minutes long. Six of the songs are from 1973's "In Between Tears" LP (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Most of the songs are straight-up Southern Soul. There are ballads and up-tempo songs. Some of the songs from the late 1970s have a disco vibe (tracks 15, 18).

Overall, this is an enjoyable collection. I think these songs are superior to her 60s recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Done it again 17 April 2006
By Soulboogiealex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The people at Ace/Kent have succeeded again. When they released a compilation of Irma's sixties recordings a few years back it soon became the definite collection of songs of that period in Irma's career. This follow up is a welcome addition to that release.

The seventies are a much overlooked phase of Irma's career. Mostly because it didn't wield any big hits like break a-way or time is on my side. That doesn't mean the seventies were lesser times in qualitative terms for Irma. Just listen to the Swamp Dogg recordings available on this disc and it becomes clear that people were just not paying attention enough. Of course these songs were hardly marketed back then. But that had more to do with a lack of interest than a lack in quality. This collection features some of the best work Irma Thomas has done, or Swamp Dogg for that matter. But as with more work of genius, recognition comes late.

The disc loses some momentum when it explores the later seventies. Those productions can't keep up with the rest of the material here. This is to be considered just a minor flaw since the majority of this disc soul supreme.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 70s soul with tunes produced by Swamp Dogg 20 Oct 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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Just because this collection doesn't have a bunch of "hits" don't go thinking that the tunes are inferior. Far from it. As another reviewer noted, Irma's 1970s output is arguably better than the material she did in the 1960s. One reason for the lack of chart success for these excellent songs was due to financial and distribution problems with the label. Same old story.

The first 9 tracks on this collection are basically the "In Between Tears" album from 1973, with one song missing. That album was produced by Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams, Jr.) and oozes a delicious deep southern soul vibe. Williams/Swamp Dogg also write 8 of those 9 tracks, and I think the material is of very good quality. I would politely disagree with the reviewer who didn't think these tunes suit Irma's style; I think they're a very good fit and sound great.

The other songs on here are a mixed bag from sessions cut in 1970 and at the end of the decade, 1978-79. Some great tunes amongst them, including a couple of Dan Penn-penned gems. Two tracks from the later period exude a definite disco vibe, but with Irma singing them they still sound mighty fine. She has such a great voice, that even less-than-stellar material is still worth hearing.

All in all, another very satisfying reissue from the dedicated folks at Kent/Ace. Along with this CD you get a nice booklet with informative liner notes from Tony Rounce. Over 65 minutes of sweet soul music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Record 27 May 2008
By Y. Terpstra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're a music lover and especially (deep south) soul this is an essential record that you must have. Irma Thomas' voice and the stories she relates really knock you off your feet. Especially the songs from the album thats now unavailable 'In between tears' are really getting to you.
I had the record taped from the original vinyl record and had been searching the CD version for years'. As soon as it was available I needed to have it. I'm so glad Kent Records put it on CD.
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