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Esther Phillips - The Best Of Esther Phillips 1962-1970 [2 CD] (1997)

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Esther Phillips - The Best Of Esther Phillips 1962-1970 [2 CD] (1997)
Artist: Esther Phillips
Title Of Album: The Best Of Esther Phillips 1962-1970
Year Of Release: 1997
LabeL: Rhino Records
Genre: Funk, R&B, Soul
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total: 02:10:15 min
Total Size: 299 mb

Although former child R&B star Esther Phillips really hit her mature peak in the '60s, commercially she had a hard time finding a niche. "Release Me," her uptown R&B version of a country song, made the pop Top Ten in 1962. But she only dented the charts occasionally over the course of the next decade, despite recording frequently in a number of styles, usually (but not always) for Atlantic. This two-CD, 40-song set is an excellent distillation of work that isn't well known even by R&B devotees, drawing from about half a dozen albums and numerous singles, mostly from Atlantic, but also including 45s she made for Roulette in 1969; about half of the songs on this collection, in fact, were never issued on an album. Phillips was to a degree damned by her versatility: too suave and refined to be classified as a straight soul singer, she takes on jazz, pop, show tunes, blues, the Beatles (her gender-morphed "And I Love Him" was a substantial hit), the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and more. Like Etta James, the Columbia-era Aretha Franklin, and Nina Simone, she was one of those singers who fell between genre cracks: not quite soul, rock, R&B, jazz, pop, or blues, though elements of all those styles were present in her work. Actually, she wasn't quite as good as any of those above-mentioned legends, with a nasal, edgy style that won't be to everyone's taste, somewhat reminiscent (though not as impressive as) Nina Simone's. The smooth arrangements mine the wide territory between Dinah Washington and Dionne Warwick, though again, she wasn't as well-equipped for success with such an approach as those two were. All these caveats aside, if you enjoy the work of any of the reference points listed above, you'll most likely like Esther Phillips' work on these recordings as well; she's just not quite in the same Hall of Fame class.

Disc: 1
1. Release Me
2. Am I That Easy To Forget
3. I've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know About Him
4. No Headstone On My Grave
5. Hello Walls
6. Mo Jo Hannah
7. I Saw Me
8. Double Crossing Blues - Esther Phillips/Jimmy Ricks
9. It's Too Soon To Know
10. Out Of The Blue
11. Makin' Whoopee
12. Shangri-La
13. 'Tis Autumn
14. Moonglow & Theme From Picnic
15. And I Love Him
16. Some Things You Never Get Used To
17. Let Me Know When It's Over
18. I Could Have Told You So
19. The Party's Over
20. As Tears Go By
21. Everytime We Say Goodbye
22. Crazy He Calls Me

Disc: 2
1. When A Woman Loves A Man
2. Try Me
3. When Love Comes To The Human Race
4. I'm Sorry
5. Please Send Me Someone To Love
6. Cry Me A River Blues
7. I'm Getting 'Long Alright
8. It Could Happen To You
9. Set Me Free
10. Brand New Day
11. Crazy Love
12. All God Has Is Us
13. Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry
14. I'm In The Mood For Love (Moody's Mood For Love)
15. Tonight, I'll Be Staying Here With You
16. Sweet Dreams
17. Nobody But You
18. Too Much Of A Man (To Be Tied Down)


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