sábado, 21 de noviembre de 2009

Doris Duke: I'm a Loser - The Swamp Dogg Sessions and More (1967-1971)

For any fan of Southern soul or deep soul, this reissue of two of Doris Duke's most important albums, I'm a Loser from 1969 and A Legend in Her Own Time from 1971, is essential. In a lot of ways, I'm a Loser feels like the hidden blueprint for all the deep soul that followed. The vocals are cut free of the '60s pop aspirations of Motown and even their rougher Southern counterpart, Stax. They're earthy, gritty, and soulful and as close to the church as you can get without getting up Sunday morning. The music is simple, polished, and reserved, jumping into the spotlight only when necessary. Listen to the understated guitar solo on 'Ghost of Myself' for proof. By 1969 standards, the lyrics are sobering in their candor and, considering that this is loosely a concept album about the darkest facets of love and secret relationships, quite relentless, too. Credit is due to legendary soul eccentric Swamp Dogg, who produced and wrote most of I'm a Loser and a good deal of the follow-up, A Legend in Her Own Time. Legend isn't as intense as its predecessor and really, how could it be? It's an excellent companion, though, and its lighter tone and punchy horn arrangements are a welcome reprieve from the weight of I'm a Loser. Doris has a way of putting over a tune that's really incredible - that kind of intimate, one-on-one mode that brings to mind the kind of chills we first felt when hearing Otis Redding on Stax - and which somehow manages to hold on strong over all the tracks on the set. At 26 numbers in all, the package is a tremendous rare soul treasure, and features the full tracks from both albums, including 'He's Gone', 'I Don't Care Anymore', 'Ghost of Myself', 'Feet Start Walking', 'I Wish I Could Sleep', 'I Can't Do Without You', 'I'd Do It All Over You', 'He's Everything I Need', 'Divorce Decree', 'Congratulations Baby', 'Bad Water', 'To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)', 'Too Much To Bear', and 'If She's Your Wife (Who Am I)'. Three singles from the tiny Jay Boy label, under her married name of Doris Willingham, are included as well. Her third album from 1975, Woman, is available HERE (fantastic blog, BTW). http://www.dustygroove.com/, http://www.allmusic.com/
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9 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

http://rapidshare.com/files/307708345/Doris_Duke_-_I_m_a_Loser_-_The_Swamp_Dogg_Sessions_and_More__1967-71_.rar

rockinkat dijo...

Thanks for this great southern soul

justme dijo...

This is top notch deep south soul for sure and she is a first class singer. What a great album. Thanks!

justme dijo...

Hi Nosi! There is a glitch in track 20 at the time of 1:14 that lasts a couple of seconds. Here is that track without the glitch. The tags on my file have been changed to match yours so it's a perfect replacement. I downloaded yours twice so it is either a corrupt upload or your file is corrupt on your computer. I did not notice any other glitch in any of the other tracks. Thanks a lot! I really like Doris Duke. Great 60s soul.

http://rapidshare.com/files/310753212/20_-_Green_Grass.rar

Nosi dijo...

Thanks, justme!!

justme dijo...

Nosi, you are welcome. I had a nice vbr copy of "A Legend In Her Own Time". It was the "I'm A Loser" album and the bonus tracks I didn't have so that worked out really well. I leave some comments but I must confess that I don't always leave one. The music you share is fantastic. I really appreciate all you do. I have a hard time keeping up and listening to all the albums I get from you. I'm sure that some of the albums that I don't get are gems as well but you can't listen to everything and generally I like to hear an album again from time to time.

Thanks! :)

Ricardo dijo...

Doris Duke - now that's SERIOUS soul! Thanks for keeping this marvellous music alive

Francesco dijo...

Thank you again! Your blog is a mine of true wonders

Mark dijo...

Hi, thank you so much for posting this album, I didn't really know Doris Duke at all and it's been a very pleasant surprise! I did a little research and I knew her songs are being used in generic viagra advertisements in Europe.