viernes, 27 de marzo de 2009

Denise Lasalle: Here I Am Again (1975) ... Plus

The "Queen of Soul Blues" is a title that rightly belongs to this survivor who has been recording for over three decades. Not only does she have a phat, supple blues voice but she's a great songwriter and even a producer. Having moved to Chicago in 1954 to pursue a career as a fiction writer, Denise LaSalle turned to songwriting and, by the late 60s, had begun to record for Billy "The Kid" Emerson's Tarpon label, on which she achieved a sizeable local hit, ‘A Love Reputation’, in 1967. In 1969, she formed Crajon productions with her husband, Bill Jones, and also began working with producer Willie Mitchell in Memphis. After a period writing and producing for other artists, LaSalle returned to recording her own compositions, and one of the first results, ‘Trapped By a Thing Called Love’, released on Westbound in 1971, reached number 1 in the US R&B charts and climbed to the US pop Top 20. After that, other excellent, sometimes uncompromising singles followed, plus three fantastic albums for Westbound released between 1972 and 1975. A stylist in the mould of Laura Lee, Ann Peebles and Millie Jackson, LaSalle continued to enjoy hits during the late-‘70s (for ABC), ‘80s and ‘90s (MCA & Malaco). Denise LaSalle cut this album, her third, ‘Here I Am Again’ in 1975, utilizing Bowlegs Miller's top-notch charts and the backing of the Memphis Horns and Muscle Shoals for some Southern Soul ala Stax and Hi Records. LaSalle displays power and flexibility throughout, whether bouncing atop a cool-breeze groove (‘Stay With Me Awhile’), digging into a bit of shuffle-bump salaciousness (‘I Wanna Do What's on Your Mind’), or hitting the vocal heights on a rootsy ballad (‘Don't Nobody Live Here (By the Name of Fool)’). She also invades Barry White territory on the sultry title track ‘Here I Am Again’. There are also 4 bonus tracks added to the original 1975 release. http://bluescritic.com, http://www.oldies.com/

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