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Rita Coolidge - The Lady's Not for Sale & Fall into Spring & It's Only Love (2010) 320 / Lossless

8-10-2014, 09:09
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Rita Coolidge - The Lady's Not for Sale & Fall into Spring & It's Only Love (2010) 320 / Lossless

Artist: Rita Coolidge
Title Of Album: The Lady's Not for Sale & Fall into Spring & It's Only Love
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Raven / RVCD-315
Genre: Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Vocal
Total Time: 2:06:24
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 303 mb / 798 mb

It its usual elegant manner, Australia’s Raven Records presents three of Rita Coolidge's early recordings in a deluxe package with beautifully remastered sound. The three albums -- The Lady’s Not for Sale, Fall into Spring, and It’s Only Love (on two discs) -- were originally released in 1972, 1974, and 1975, respectively. None of them charted as high as her 1977 breakthrough album Anytime...Anywhere or 1978’s Love Me Again (issued by Raven in a previous two-fer in 2008). They are, arguably, better records artistically. They offer portraits of Coolidge displaying all of her many interpretive gifts as a singer and, more importantly, as a stylist. The Lady’s Not for Sale reached the Top 50 on the Billboard chart, and three singles were chosen: her amazingly brazen interpretation of the standard “Fever” and "Whiskey Whiskey" both made the pop chart, and “My Crew” hit the country Top 50. While “Fever” is the clear standout, there are two other tracks that deserve mention, her stellar, soulful reading of Leonard Cohen's “Bird on a Wire,” which evokes her gospel roots in a sleight-of-hand way, and Bob Dylan's “I’ll Be Your Baby, Tonight,” whose meaning is changed because of her deeper soul phrasing and delivery. The title track written by Kris Kristofferson is a defiant, emotive anthem. Fall into Spring contains amazing readings of “Love Has No Pride" (that’s less immediate but equally as powerful as Bonnie Raitt's version), Bobby Charles “Cowboys and Indians,” a burning reading of Guy Clark's “Desperados Waiting for the Train,” and a little-known but amazing version of Charlie Rich's “I Feel Like Goin’ Home,” that fearlessly brings out the full gospel expression in the tune, long before Rich recorded it himself. The final album in the set is the biggest surprise with the use of Rhodes pianos, and walks a perfect line between soft rock and country throughout. It was the least successful of these albums but nonetheless, like them, is utterly consistent and contains stellar tracks such as Robert E’ Morrison's “Born to Love Me,” “It’s Only Love, ” the funky blues of Kristofferson's “Late Again,” and the jazz standard "Mean to Me." The historical liner essay by Ian McFarlane is, as usual, authoritative and engagingly informative.


Disc: 1
1. My Crew
2. Fever
3. Bird on the Wire
4. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
5. A Woman Left Lonely
6. Whiskey Whiskey
7. Everybody Loves a Winner
8. Donut Man
9. Inside of Me
10. The Lady's Not for Sale
11. Love Has No Pride
12. That's What Friends Are For
13. Cowboys and Indians
14. Hold an Old Friend's Hand
15. We Had It All
16. Mama Lou

Disc: 2
1. Heaven's Dream
2. Desperados Waiting for the Train
3. A Nickel for the Fiddler
4. The Burden of Freedom
5. Now Your Baby Is a Lady
6. I Feel Like Going Home
7. Born to Love Me
8. I Wanted It All
9. Keep the Candle Burning
10. Don't Let Love Pass You By
11. It's Only Love
12. Star
13. Late Again
14. My Rock and Roll Man
15. Mean to Me
16. Am I Blue

For the first time on one superb Double CD, Raven presents three classic 1970s albums by one of the finest American singers of the pop era RITA COOLIDGE. The Lady's Not For Sale (1972), Fall Into Spring (1974) and It's Only Love (1975) established her career and feature the pure sounds of laid-back country-rock and West Coast soft-rock mixed with a soulfulness that marks them as polished, quality productions. Raven has previously combined her two platinum-selling hit albums Anytime Anywhere (1977) and Love Me Again (1978) on a great value 2-for-1 release (RVCD-277) containing her biggest hits 'Higher and Higher' and 'We're All Alone'. Originally recorded for A&M Records, these three albums showcase the renowned Coolidge stamp of soulful warmth which is predominant on splendid covers of 'Fever', 'Bird on the Wire', 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight', 'Love Has No Pride', 'Desperados Waiting for the Train' and 'It's Only Love'. Produced by David Anderle and featuring crack session musicians (Booker T. Jones, Sammy Creason, Lee Sklar, Dean Parks, Jerry McGee, Al Perkins and her band the Dixie Flyers) plus stunning backing vocalists (Jennifer Warnes, Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews, Venetta Fields) these beautifully produced albums combine sophistication, flow and a sensual tone to make a completely satisfying whole. With superb quality audio, detailed liner notes and color booklet, this excellent release is a must for fans of sophisticated and soulful country-tinged pop.



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