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5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of Esther's sixties music
Esther's career was somewhat up-and-down. She first tasted success at the start of the fifties but then a lot of this went wrong. Esther got another chance when she was rediscovered in 1960 singing in a Houston nightclub by Kenny Rogers, who was himself some years away from making the big time. Release me (a cover of a country song from the early fifties) was given the...
Published on 5 Jun. 2009 by Peter Durward Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars esther phillips
The Atlantic Years: the Leopard Lounge Presents I originally had the LP back in the 60's
and wondered why I got rid of it. Perhaps now I know why. The track that stands out is "And I Love Him".
The other numbers are quite passable. A C.D. you can either like or dislike. It is certainly different
with her own styles on old standards. A poorman's Nancy...
Published on 26 Aug. 2010 by Dade Bruin


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of Esther's sixties music, 5 Jun. 2009
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Leopard Lounge Presents.. Esther Phillips The Atlantic Years (International Release) (Audio CD)
Esther's career was somewhat up-and-down. She first tasted success at the start of the fifties but then a lot of this went wrong. Esther got another chance when she was rediscovered in 1960 singing in a Houston nightclub by Kenny Rogers, who was himself some years away from making the big time. Release me (a cover of a country song from the early fifties) was given the R+B treatment by Esther and her musicians, resulting in an American top ten hit, which led to a contract with Atlantic in 1964. Despite the title of the album, Release me is included here. Of course, the most famous version of the song is the one by Engelbert Humperdinck, but at the time Esther had her big hit, he was still Gerry Dorsey, an unknown singer living in Leicestershire.

There is no question that the other nineteen tracks here are Atlantic recordings. Many of these are, like Release me, covers or (more accurately) re-interpretations. Esther recorded songs with diverse origins including And I love him (Beatles), If you love me really love me (Edith Piaf), As tears go by (written by members of the Rolling Stones for Marianne Faithfull, whose own version launched her career in the sixties) and older songs by composers such as Cole Porter (Every time we say goodbye, It's all right with me) and others.

Esther's versatility may not have helped her. Atlantic tried various styles and settings in an attempt to recapture the success of Release me, but to no avail. Nevertheless, Esther was a brilliant and very distinctive R+B singer whose music stands comparison with any of her contemporaries. This compilation provides a great introduction to her music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 21 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Leopard Lounge Presents.. Esther Phillips The Atlantic Years (International Release) (Audio CD)
Esther Philips began as a child star mentored by Johnny Otis and at the time was a straight ahead blues singer who appeared on the R & B chart.In the U K she was unknown till 1962-in fact nothing was ever issued here until she'd reinvented herself as a bona fide country singer recording for the Lennox label (owned by Lelan Rogers,brother of the more famous Kenny who at the time was between the Scholars and the New Christy Mistrels).Here there's another version of the song Release Me though the only single from this collection of mainly standards was the Beatles' song And I Love Him.A hit single in the States but not here but the singer appeared on a TV show called Around The Beatles
Atlantic was the scene of her 2nd reinvention as what is now called a Lounge Artist and is favorably comparable to Ketty Lester and Nancy Wilson.
By the time Esther Philips had a U K hit it was with a disco styled version of What A Difference A Day Made
But this was her greatest period
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3.0 out of 5 stars esther phillips, 26 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Leopard Lounge Presents.. Esther Phillips The Atlantic Years (International Release) (Audio CD)
The Atlantic Years: the Leopard Lounge Presents I originally had the LP back in the 60's
and wondered why I got rid of it. Perhaps now I know why. The track that stands out is "And I Love Him".
The other numbers are quite passable. A C.D. you can either like or dislike. It is certainly different
with her own styles on old standards. A poorman's Nancy Wilson?
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