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on 17 March 2014
What a nice surprise to hear some unissued tracks from Irma Thomas, who is usually associated with the best of New Orleans music. Here the majority are from an unreleased album for Atlantic/Cotillion from the early 70s. Just two of the fifteen cuts, namely 'Full Time Woman' & 'She's Taken My Part' were released in 1971. These cuts and 'All I Wanna Do Is Save You' originated from the Malaco studios with New Orleans producer Wardell Quezegue at the helm. They stand out for their quality and make this collection thoroughly worthwhile.

The remainder of this unissued LP were cut at Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia studios and are not as strong but do contain some enjoyable moments. 'It's Eleven O'clock' has a 'news report' style opening that is fun and is a strong example of 70s soul albeit without stretching Thomas' vocals whilst the last cut 'Adam & Eve' is pure Philly-soul and showcases an ununsual setting for Irma. In honesty some of the rest is a tad uninteresting. Her record company didn't release the album partly because they didn't think she was commercial anymore. There may be truth in this as the material doesn't compare in strength to the Imperial years in the 60s or indeed to her last fifteen years or so. In conclusion, a decent, enjoyable set that doesn't represent her best material but nevertheless has some quality high-lights and of course, it's Irma Thomas who was one of the very best.
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on 11 June 2014
Maybe proof that not all unreleased albums deserve release ? Nothing else on the album matches the intensity of "Full time woman ".
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on 26 September 2015
A trawl through the vaults unearths a decidedly spotty album with a few stirling standouts amidst a rather large stack of 'could do better's. "Full Time Woman", an Alice Stuart country balled transformed by Irma into a deep soul track of raw intensity, is the standout track, while the funk-pop of "She's Taking My Part" shows what she can do with faster numbers. Apart from these tracks - released as a single in the UK - there is nothing to grab the attention. Thomas did amazing things at Minit in the mid-Sixties and would indeed go on to do some equally amazing work for Swamp Dogg a decade later. The spell at Cotillion, then, marks a low in her career - which probably explains why this album was shelved.
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on 4 April 2014
THIS CD HAS MANY EX TRACKS TYPICAL EARLY 70S SOUND WITH GREAT BACKING SINGERS.WHY THIS WAS NEVER RELEASED BY ATLANTIC RECORDS AT THE TIME WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY.I CERTAINLY RECOMMEND THIS CD
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on 9 June 2014
Disappointing lost album - not up to the standard of the single. I can understand why it was originally shelved.
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on 17 September 2014
Another very good album
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