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This cover is just brilliant - it is so confrontational! I love the way Millie Jackson dares to do this kind of thing - it suggests she isn't up herself. I remember another of her covers - to a double album called Live and Outrageous! back in the early eighties, and the cover was so sexually suggestive, I have never seen a pose quite like it! The CD version uses a different photo, maybe because the original ran into too many difficulties ... but the LP remains another outstanding cover in the history of recorded sound. Of course no one is going to buy the record just for this, but the biggest surprise - even more than the image itself - is that Millie Jackson has one of the greatest voices in the history of soul. In a sense she isn't serving her own interests with this presentation, because she really is an amazing singer. Her singing suggests that soul music is very much about sex, and that this is what needs to be sung about if we're going to talk about romantic love for real. Her records with the Jive label are some of my favourites, of which this is the only one where vulgarity takes over. I love Millie's riffs on all things embarrassing and personal, but the other albums give you more singing - Imitation of Love, The tide is turning, and Young Man, Older Woman - this last one is so sweet, so delectable. Then there is a Very best of ... which is probably the one to get really. On Back to the ..., however, you do get a stunning live performance of Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love that needs to be heard as well as the studio version. It has such soul, such funk ... when Millie sings Can you feel it in the studio version it sounds melancholy and resigned (and beautiful), but here she really snarls it and the fierceness really throws you back slam dunk against the wall. You just have to hear both - fabulous, thrilling, unrepeatable, outsize talent!
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