There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Simply the best. June That Sunday, except for the fog everywhere, twining around the buildings that lined the wide streets, downtown Dallas was still. My husband had dropped me at the curb and left.
Cheek pressed against a cold, marble pillar, I was rereading the hours sign on the window of the closed library, wondering where I could find anything open with a phone, when music caught me. Without thinking, I followed it as if it was a delicious fragrance and, until that moment, I'd forgotten hunger. Like it was incense smoke that curled and coaxed any who would follow to some temple where a sacrifice was being made, the drops of sound watered my eyes.
They sound felt deeply personal, as if I'd made it up somehow, yet everywhere the fog was the sound went. I hurried, afraid it would end too soon, afraid I wouldn't find the source. Then, across the street and down a ways, in a clearing beneath the trees, I saw an old, red, hand-crank record player on the ground.
To one side, several black children, thin and not dressed for the unexpected weather, pirouetted. Intent on their solemn dance, they faced away. There must have been adults somewhere nearby, but all I remember is the children, the record player ,and near it, an armadillo in a pen. Withing a few moments, the song ended and I left, not wanting to know what it all meant, knowing only that I'd trace the song, and the singer, not wanting to know that it meant nothing, except it broke my heart.
I never was much of a blues fan before. Was on Amazon, looking at prices, as I was going to sell my vinyl copy - I'm actually glad to see that prices have dropped - I get to keep it!
It's the nuances, the dynamics from contemplative to the equivalent of a head-wagging, 'Don't You even THINK about it, honey' stance that keep nearly every minute of Black-Eyed Blues riveting. This is one of the best post-'60s vocal-driven albums I've ever heard. And I'd never have heard of Philips if I hadn't stumbled on a couple of her albums a few years ago. This whole disc is just so delicious.
Not only to my subjective ears, either. Whenever I'm playing this in my salon, my customer always asks, "Who IS that? And what amazing songs: starting with the angry "Justified"-"'cuz when I met ya, baby, Florence Nightingale shoulda been your Nurse but ole Red Cross Me, I'm gonna take the job but now I think I'm to the point I need one myself, really!
Breath taking. Go Esther! What are you waiting for? It marked a change from the previous two in that the string arrangements were undertaken for the first time with this artist, by Bob James; it's a subtle but very important change. This being the case, the album is not as 'immediate' as the previous two, but is just as satisfying when it yields all its nuances.
My favourite tracks are her reading of Bill Wither's "Justified" which is a great version. There's a particularly sensual and burning version of "I've only known a stranger" and a straight ahead jazz version of Leonard Feather's "You could have had me baby". While I'm writing about it I should also mention the title track, which is a Joe Cocker track given a particularly good makeover. That's four out of the seven tracks mentioned already, so when you consider that there's a bonus unreleased track as well out of the remaining three,it makes you realise what good value it is.
Add in an excellent set of sleeve notes, and this is another 'must have' Esther Phillips album! Little Esther,this is the one to hole up with when life has done you wrong,the boss is a beast, the man bought golf clubs with the money put away for serious stuff,the mother-in-law made a crack about any skill I have,total funkdom. Sometimes I have to listen twice for the recovery from self-pity but it always works and I return sassy,a touch crusty and ready to take it all on again. Good Stuff.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. Well according to blog out there, The Queen of Soul gave her Grammy to this singer as she believed this singer deserved to win the Grammy not her. When Aretha does that, you know the singer has to be good. Well the albuM in question is still available, and I am awaiting it, as it is consider a masterpiece. But as I listen to this album and other's reviews of her other albums, it appears that all of her albums are masterpieces according to others.
So I urge you soul,funk, jazz, blues lovers out there to buy this album. We all know how good Aretha is, Aretha tried to tell the world something, and as others have stated, the world did not really appreciate what she had done at the Grammy's.
This third album is beautiful in so many ways a classic and a life long companion in your life to come- a small price to pay? One person found this helpful. Auf diese Phillips-Aufnahme wurde ich, ansonsten nur an What A Difference interessiert, zum einen von Robert Christgau aufmerksam gemacht, der ihren "wahren" Soul- und Blueskern hervorhob.
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