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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally under-rated
Imagine Aretha Franklin jamming with Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones while Phil Spector puts on the finishing touches behind the mixing desk - you've just caught a glimpse of how good this collection is. From the stomping Speak To Me to to the gorgeous Dreaming via wonderful covers of Beach Boys, Beatles and Stones staples, this is simply some of the most magical soul...
Published on 26 July 2003 by Simon F

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3.0 out of 5 stars Little singer - big voice, (shame about the material and production) !!
First things first, P.P (Pat) Arnold is one hell of a vocalist, such a big, big voice and I have always been an admirer of her dynamic style and delivery. But, within that big, big voice, comes a big, big problem, that of coming up with good, suitable material and ensuring that material has at least good production values and here is where I differ from other...
Published on 19 Feb 2009 by SMc


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally under-rated, 26 July 2003
This review is from: The First Cut (Audio CD)
Imagine Aretha Franklin jamming with Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones while Phil Spector puts on the finishing touches behind the mixing desk - you've just caught a glimpse of how good this collection is. From the stomping Speak To Me to to the gorgeous Dreaming via wonderful covers of Beach Boys, Beatles and Stones staples, this is simply some of the most magical soul music I have heard in a long long time. There's something about the production on these songs, as well as Pat's fantastic vocals, that seems to give them a timeless quality, and I would recommend it not just for soul fans but fans of good music in general - with the haunting acoustic refrain of Life Is But Nothing, I find no surprise that Pat went on to sing back-up for Nick Drake, while other moments recall the simple beauty of some Beth Gibbons songs. Looking for something beyond Tina, Marvin, Stevie et al? Look no further.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Little singer - big voice, (shame about the material and production) !!, 19 Feb 2009
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First things first, P.P (Pat) Arnold is one hell of a vocalist, such a big, big voice and I have always been an admirer of her dynamic style and delivery. But, within that big, big voice, comes a big, big problem, that of coming up with good, suitable material and ensuring that material has at least good production values and here is where I differ from other reviewers.

Too often the big voice is too "over the top" and a good producer would or should have reined this in. It doesn't always auger well either if the big voice is blasting out all the way through an album and especially so if there's some material which is of less than a good quality.

Extensive notes from Paulo Hewitt inform the listener of the many tracks recorded by PP during her long career and one of these songs, (a duet with the then unknown Rod Stewart) Goffin & King's "Come Home Baby" from 1966 isn't included (for whatever reason), which is a pity as his surprisingly 'soft' vocals act as a counterbalance to PP's stunning big voice and superb delivery.

Moreover, too often the arrangements act against the vocals either because they are as big as her voice, or do not counterweight that voice, which again is a great pity.

Perhaps this combination of production values and material is the real reason why the hits dried up in the very late 60's which again is an absolute shame and travesty, because here, the predominantly UK-based PP Arnold is one hell of a singer and she deserved much better. Not that her career could ever have been considered a failure mind, but one does think about what might have been.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure sixties soul singer, 17 Jan 2004
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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PP began her professional career as an Ikette, backing Ike and Tina Turner. They supported the Rolling Stones on a UK tour in 1966, during which time PP quit the Ikettes and went solo. This compilation contains her sixties music. Originally released with 23 tracks, this revised edition contains 28 tracks including all original 23, though the running order is completely different.

PP had her first and biggest hit with First cut is the deepest, a Cat Stevens song that just failed to make the UK top ten. Her other UK hits were Angel of the morning (yes, that song) and If you think you're groovy. PP was encouraged to write her own songs and several good ones are included here, although none of them are well-known.

The collection includes covers of songs written by the Beatles (Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday), the Beach boys (God only knows), the Rolling Stones (As tears go by - a hit for Marianne Faithfull) and the Bee Gees (To love somebody - a UK hit for Nina Simone).

PP had a style somewhere between Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. She should have been more successful than she was, but such is life. If you are a discerning fan of sixties soul music, give PP a chance.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pat Gives You All Of Her Heat, 21 Aug 2001
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Of the three P.P. Arnold CDs on offer here this is the fullest with a whopping 28 tracks. Don't be put off by the 'little girl lost' promo shots that adorn the excellent CD booklet because P.P. has is all woman, all emotion.
That such a vocal talent should not be up there with Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick is a crime only repeated playing of this CD at volume can correct. Immediate's choice of material is good if not innovative. I'd have liked to see her cut more soul stompers and less Brit ballads, but that's the sixties for you.
The short Kafunta pieces make this album even more complete. Sing it Pat! Baby, baby, baaabyyy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mid Atlantic Gems, 8 July 2007
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David R. Bishop "Bishbaby" (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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P.P. Arnold was 'discovered' by Cat Stevens, performing as an Ikette behind Ike & Tina Turner. He brought her to the UK and did much to promote her career.

She never got the success she deserved, but this music is a perfect example of how, back in the mid '60s, those rhythms and songs and ideas were crossing the Atlantic back and forth. She did manage a couple of small hits, and a cult following.

Her singing style is plainly US R&B, but in Britain she was able to do things and try things that no American record label would have let a black woman do at that time. Many of the pop and rock songs she covers here, she does the definitive version of, to my ears. My favorite is her version of 'Angel Of The Morning' which could never be bettered for me.

If you fancy some 60s soul, with a special British flavour, then this album is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY THE BEST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT..!!, 28 Nov 2010
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This is actually two albums "THE FIRST LADY OF IMMEDIATE" & "KAFUNTA" on one cd....you would be mad to miss the opportunity of buying this album at such a low price.PAT ARNOLD is surely one of the most under rated singers ... E V E R ...WHY SHE ISNT A HOUSEHOLD NAME IS A COMPLETE MYSTERY AND TRAVESTY....she seems very highly regarded in her own profession ...THE ROLLING STONES,THE BEE GEES AND CAT STEVENS have all been impressed by her and helped her career....so why no new solo material since this album... and if there is please let me know ,i,ll be first in the queue for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Major talent, 23 Dec 2013
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Michael Boyle "Mickey" (Essex ,England) - See all my reviews
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PP Arnold is criminally underated and you can hear why on this terrific compilation of her 60's recordings. She possessed a wonderful and passionate voice wringing every drop of emotion from the songs that she recorded.
Best known for the magnificent "First Cut Is The Deepest" there is so much more to discover on this CD which houses some of the best northern soul of the era ! Just listen to the stomping "Speak to me", "If you see what i mean" and "Everthings Gonna be Alright" as prime examples of the genre. There is also the fantastic "Angel of the Morning" and the brilliant "If you think you're Groovy" where she is backed by the Small Faces. Throw in some more than interesting cover versions of Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys songs as well as a stunning version of the Bee Gees "To Love Somebody" and you have a great introduction to PP Arnolds wonderful music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of nostalga., 5 Dec 2012
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Bought this album as I have always loved her voice. Some really good songs, such as Angel of the Morning.
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