Originally a chart-topping child star with the Johnny Otis band in the early '50 s, Little Esther battled drug addiction off and on throughout the '60 s during which she achieved some success with 'Release Me' and 'And I Love Him' Esther recorded some critically acclaimed albums for Atlantic before entering rehab in Skip to main content.
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Without question this CD comprises the best album from Esther Phillips' star-crossed career which lasted from the age of 14 to her tragically premature death at the age of 48 worn down by years of drug abuse, an addiction picked up on the road touring in her teens. This LP is probably most famous for Esther's staggering, heartfelt cover of Gil Scott Heron's searing depiction of the debilitating consequences of drug addition, "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" which apparently Esther was reluctant to record due to its obvious parallels to her own parlous situation in fact it was the last song she recorded - turning in a peerless performance which just floors you every time.
In addition this CD contains a different mix of the great ballad "To Lay Down Beside You" to the recent Japanese Blu-Spec CD reissue containing additional sax both versions are very fine in their different ways though in this case I think the sparer Japanese take just about shades it. There are also four bonus tracks not on the Japanese reissue , all worthwhile including a soulful organ-flecked version of Carole King's "Brother, Brother", two excellent ballads in the jazzy "Don't Run To Him" which has some very cool jazz guitar licks and "A Beautiful Friendship" which was tackled again later in Esther's tenure on Kudu Records.
You simply won't get a better backing band than that, period and they are predictably superb throughout. It's worth it! Yep, it's short on running time, the sleevenotes are in Japanese, and they manage to mis-spell one of the titles in English BUT, for anyone who loves the sultry jazzy soul that Esther Phillips was serving up during her time with Kudu records, this is an absolute must have. A look at the musicians also provides an idea of the quality of what happens, with Hank Crawford on Tenor Sax, Richard Tee on organ and piano and Eric Gale on guitar to name but three of them with arrangements by Pee Wee Ellis, this is a quality album with some compelling vocal performances.
Actually there isn't a weak choice in the set with my absolute favourite being "That's all right with me". Which really leads on to 'the voice' because the album found Esther Phillips cutting loose from the rather patchy Atlantic Years to put her own imprint on each and everyone of the songs she tackles.
The expression is "you pay your money and you take your choice" and for me despite those perceived shortcomings mentioned above this is firmly in the "ought to have at any price" category. Highly recommended and moving towards being essentially 'must have'. I've got a few of her albums on vinyl but decided to buy this again on CD. I'd forgotten what a great album this is and what an amazing voice she had.
I enjoyed the additional tracks as well. A gem. Esther at her all time best. Brilliant album, every tune is well worth a listen. One person found this helpful. Setting the tone for Phillips ' Kudu era, Whisper offers a series of spacious, yet fully arranged ballads of burning heartache, along with a handful of relatively funky numbers that do nothing to compromise her talent, dishing out loads of classy grit.
She grabs onto "Home Is Where the Hatred Is," Gil Scott-Heron 's most harrowing rumination on drug dependency -- which, at that point, wasn't even a year old -- as if it were her very own, and it's all the more poignant given its parallels with her own life. Its meaning was only compounded by her death in Though there is absolutely nothing lacking in the album's more energetic moments, it's still the ballads that shine brightest, like the alternately fragile and explosive "From a Whisper to a Scream" Allen Toussaint and a staggering "Baby, I'm for Real" Marvin and Anna Gordy , made popular by the Originals so vulnerable yet commanding that it really should've closed the album.
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