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Margie Joseph - Margie (1975) [Remastered 2013]

28-10-2013, 11:38
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Margie Joseph - Margie (1975) [Remastered 2013]

Artist: Margie Joseph
Title Of Album: Margie
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Warner Music Japan / WPCR-27697
Genre: Soul, R&B, Funk
Total Time: 41:07 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 111 mb / 292 mb (Covers)

Soul singer Margie Joseph's third album for Atlantic, originally released in 1975, revisited the funkier bottom end of her 1973 label debut (confusingly titled Margie Joseph). Where 1974's Sweet Surrender had smoothed out the R&B grooves and nosed its way towards disco's rhythms, this new set offered more grit on the upbeat numbers and deeper soul on the ballads. Arif Mardin continued in the producer's chair, and the song list was again constructed with a large dose of covers and a pair of originals. Joseph and Mardin's "Sign of the Times" opens the album with P Funk-styled synthesizer and plucked bass, and a melody that anticipates a seamless segue into Carole King's "Believe in Humanity." Both songs offer up early-70s social spirituality in their lyrics. A cover of King's "After All This Time" appears later on the album, transitioning smoothly from a softer mid-tempo to a beefier soul shout as the strings and percussion start and stop for emphasis. "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" is taken at a slow tempo, drawn out and more worn down than Bill Withers' original, while "Who Gets Your Love," is given a lighter treatment than Dusty Springfield's earlier version. Joseph gets a chance to scat briefly at the end of "Promise Me Your Love," unfortunately just in time for the fade, and the album closes with a cover of "I Can't Move No Mountains" that's decidedly more urban than Blood, Sweat & Tears earlier horn-lined release. Many of Joseph's fans vote this as their favorite of her releases. It's more sophisticated and less brash than her label debut, which is a plus or minus depending on your preference for polish over roots. What this album makes clear is that Joseph was maturing as an artist, and her pairing with Mardin, which ended with this album, had developed over the course of their three albums together.


01 Sign Of The Times (Arif Mardin, Margie Joseph)
02 Believe In Humanity (Carole King)
03 The Same Love That Me Laugh (Bill Withers)
04 Who Gets Your Love (Brian Potter, Dennis Lambert)
05 Promise Me Your Love (Ralph MacDonald, William Salter)
06 If You Walked Away (David Pomeranz)
07 Stay Still (Arif Mardin, Margie Joseph)
08 After All This Time (Carole King)
09 Words (Are Impossible) (Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen, E. Riccardi)
10 Just As Soon As The Feeling's Over (Sam Dees)
11 I Can't Move No Mountains (Michael Gately, Robert John)

Vocals: Margie Joseph
Drums: Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie
Bass: Tony Levin, Bob Babbitt, Rasan Mfalme
Guitars: Hugh McCracken, Cornell Dupree, Tony Bell, Hamish Stuart, Keith Loving
Keyboards: Richard Tee, Pat Rebillot, Ken Bichel, Carleton Kent, Leon Pendarvis
Saxophone: Charlie Brown
Percussion: Ralph MacDonald, Armen Halbunan
Background vocals: Cissy Houston, Sylvia Shemwell, Myrna Smith, Merle Miller, Gail Kantor, Tasha Thomas, Maeretha Stewart, Carl Hall
Produced by Arif Mardin



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