miércoles, 30 de diciembre de 2009

Martha Reeves: Martha Reeves (1974) ... plus

After an amazing run fronting the Vandellas at Motown, with 23 pop charting singles including such classics as 'Heat Wave,' 'Dancing in the Street,' and 'Jimmy Mack,' Martha Reeves parted company with both the Vandellas and her former label, Motown. Signing to MCA after a lawsuit to extract her from her previous contract, her 1974 solo debut was highly anticipated. Producer Richard Perry was signed on to oversee the project; it was hoped that he could bring the magic he had formerly employed on behalf of Barbra Streisand and Carly Simon. The album, entitled simply Martha Reeves, was certainly a stylistic departure, as Reeves turned to such unexpected songwriters as Hoyt Axton, Van Morrison, and Jimmy Cliff for material. Certainly Perry's production style was markedly different than any of the masters who inhabited Motown's Snakepit. In any event, the record wasn't the commercial success either Ms. Reeves or the record company had hoped for or expected, and it turned out to be the only one she would record for MCA. That said, the album holds up remarkably, given thirty years' distance. She's in terrific voice throughout, and Perry's production is comparatively restrained. The opening of Jimmy Cliff's 'Many Rivers to Cross,' for instance, is simply Ms. Reeves' and the Avalon Community Choir's vocals over an organ with piano accompaniment. Just gorgeous. 'Wild Night', her first solo single, was produced by Richard Perry and written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Joe Simon, though still owed much to the Motown sound. With horns arranged and conducted by James Taylor and strong background vocals by Clydie King, the musicians included Motown genius James Jamerson, Joe Sample, Ralph MacDonald, Dennis Coffey, Jim Keltner and Dean Parks. As a matter of fact, some of the greatest musicians in the business appear on this album, and many of the songs are covers of great songs, including Joe Simons' 'Power of Love,' and 'I Got to Use My Imagination,' also recorded by B. B. King, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. She sounds great on 'My Man (You Changed My Tune)', and adds a gospel feel to Hoyt Axton's 'Dixie Highway'. This limited edition reissue of the album also includes three previously-unavailable bonus tracks, including the B-side of her debut single, 'Stand by Me', and a lovely reading of Ruby & The Romantics' 'Our Day Will Come.' This overlooked gem is a natural for all Motown and Vandellas fans. http://www.amazon.com/

8 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

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richsoul dijo...

Thank you very much. I will enjoy and listen carefully, thank you.

troods dijo...

One of my favorites of yesterday and today. Thank you Nosi.

flageolette dijo...

Thanks Nosi!

Cheers,

Buns O'Plenty dijo...

great post as always, thank you!!

Jocelyn dijo...

Good morning,

I am francais and I do not speak definitely english but I wanted to thank you because i made for a long time that I telecharge one listens blog, it is tres well!

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pedro dijo...

thanks for this got the lp but not the extra tracks

melkasoul dijo...

big up big thnx