- Audio CD (23 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Naive
- ASIN: B003XRZZCU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Memphis Blues Import
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Top Customer Reviews
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, this album of blues covers includes special guest artists including B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie Musselwhite - you can't get much better and these guys add the class to the album. Though fair play to Cyndi (did you know shes 57) she carries the whole thing with a voice that appears to have been made to sing the blues.
I know there are hundreds of albums of blues covers by female artists that in their own right are just as good if not better, but this is now, this is Cyndi Lauper and I love it.
Here she's recorded an album of blues covers in Memphis with session musicians and guests including B.B. King, Alan Toussaint, Charlie Musslewhite, Ann Peebles and Johnny Lang. Cyndi sounds perfectly at home with this material and I was glad to see she sings and phrases in her normal (sic) voice rather than trying to sound black. However, I much preferred the ballads like "Shattered dreams", "Rommance in the dark" and "Down so low" to the straight blues like "Rolling and tumbling" and "Crossroads", which I wasn't convinced really worked. Her duo with B.B. King on "Early in the morning" certainly does work with both Cyndi and B.B.'s singing really swinging and B.B.'s guitar sounding great.
Cyndi may not have the voice of Bessie Smith or Aretha Franklin but she holds her own on the more soulful songs like "How blue can you get" and "Don't cry no more" (probably my favourite track) and just about gets away with the rest - especially when she duets with B.B. and Ann Peebles. I'm sure the album was great fun for her to make and it certainly sounds good with great playing and good production but I'm not sure that it really brings anything new to the genre - three and a half stars.
I would recommend
It takes a lot of chutzpa for a white girl from Brooklyn to take on attempting such a project, and during the recording sessions, Lauper admitted she heard this voice in her head whisper "You know everyone else will be more that good, but I might not be good enough." She needn't have worried because she more than does more than justice to the 12 classic blues songs served up in her unique vocal style, covered in Memphis Blues.
Standout tracks include the classic, "Romance In The Dark," penned and originally performed by Lillian "Lil" Green who died of pneumonia at age 34 in 1954, Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" and Rollin' And Tumblin' a duet featuring the legendary Ann Peebles.
Dedicated to Ma Rainy, mother of the blues and all the early blues artists who travelled through the cross roads, suitcases in hand, Cyndi Lauper hits the Blues and Jazz Festival circuit this summer to perform material from this standout recording and will surely win many new fans. Recommended listening and an excellent move forward from a recording artist who continues to surprise and thrill!Read more ›
How wrong I was. I bought the album on the strength of that show alone. I have too often bought albums with one strong track where the remainder of the album has disappointed. I am happy to say this is not one of them
There are emotional highs and lows a little fun and a lot of energy given by an artist clearly enjoying herself. I would highly recommend this to any music lover even to those who aren't a fan of Ms Lauper because this might just change their minds. Stunning!
I suppose I should mention the price was amazing I wouldn't have quibbled paying double. Delivery was quicker than expected.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every style of recording seems to work for this multi-talented artist.Her voice is well suited to the blues.An enjoyable listen.Published 7 months ago by ANDREW PLANCE
Don't expect a 'Girls Just Want to Have fun'-type album here - this is pure blues from start to finish. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ♡ HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE ♡
Cyndi Lauper’s Memphis Blues is a superb album of Blues songs that Ms Lauper has produced together with Scott Bomar. Read morePublished 23 months ago by andy
This item was purchased for a gift, but my daughter-in-law was very pleased with it.Published on 25 Aug. 2014 by Cazza44
Heard the interview on Radio 2 one evening and thought "go on then I'll try it"
I'm so glad I did. I don't really buy blues albums but this is amazing!! Read more
This seems to have 2 different sleeves-I think this is preferable to her upside down but thank God Cyndi Lauper is doing more covers and got the designer pop out of her... Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2011 by Richard