ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP - THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP – THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOME IS WHERE THE HATRED IS

  1. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  2. From A Whisper To A Scream
  3. That’s All Right With Me
  4. ‘Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone
  5. Baby, I’m For Real
  6. Scarred Knees
  7. How Blue Can You Get?
  8. A Beautiful Friendship
  9. Use Me
  10. I Don’t Want To Do Wrong
  11. Let Me In Your Life
  12. I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do)
  13. Alone Again (Naturally)
  14. Georgia Rose
  15. Cherry Red (Live)
  16. God Bless the Child (Live)

Disc 2:  I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO

  1. Justified
  2. Black-Eyed Blues
  3. Too Many Roads
  4. You Could Have Had Me, Baby
  5. Tangle In Your Lifeline
  6. Can’t Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby
  7. I Feel The Same
  8. Disposable Society
  9. What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (Single Edit)
  10. You’re Coming Home
  11. Turn Around, Look At Me
  12. Pure Natural Love
  13. Fever
  14. All The Way Down (Single Edit)
  15. Boy, I Really Tied One On
  16. Magic’s In the Air
  17. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976,” a 2-CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label.
  • Although her career began as a teenager (known as Little Esther) with the famed Johnny Otis band in 1950, it was as a multi-genre song stylist from the ‘60s to the ‘80s that Esther, with her distinctive and unique vocal style, is best remembered by soul, R&B, jazz and dance music lovers the world over.
  • Following her 1962 US hit “Release Me,” Esther spent three years with Atlantic before a stint in rehab after which she recorded briefly with Roulette Records before rejoining Atlantic for one album. Esther’s union with Kudu, created by jazz veteran Creed Taylor  resulted in seven albums which form the basis for this sumptuous musically rich 2-CD set, lovingly created by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan who interviewed Esther several times during the ‘70s.
  • Highlights include Esther’s bitingly honest reading of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is,” which she considered one of the most challenging songs to record, given her own history with drug addiction. The track has been frequently sampled and remains one of the most amazing performances Esther gave on record.
  • Esther’s Kudu charted singles – from her 1975 globally successful disco-slanted revival of Dinah Washington’s “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes” to covers of The Originals’ 1969 Motown hit, “Baby, I’m For Real” and Eddie Floyd’s gender-switched “I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do” are also featured along with two rare live recordings from a 1972 appearance at a CTI All-Stars concert at The Hollywood Bowl along with five tracks from Esther’s classic 1973 “Black-Eyed Blues” LP, recorded with former members of King Crimson are among other standouts.  Extensive notes by Nathan include quotes from rock organist Tim Hinkley (who played on the album sessions) and from ‘70s interviews with Esther herself.

 

 

ESTHER PHILLIPS: CAPRICORN PRINCESS EXPANDED EDITION (SMCR-5132)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: CAPRICORN PRINCESS EXPANDED EDITION (SMCR-5132)

Track listing:
1. Magic’s In The Air
2. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
3. Boy, I Really Tied One On
4. Candy
5. A Beautiful Friendship
6. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher
7. All the Way Down
8. Dream

Bonus Tracks:
9. All the Way Down – US Kudu single edit
10. Magic’s In the Air/ Boy, I Really Tied One On – US Kudu 12” single

• SOULMUSIC RECORDS IS PROUD TO PRESENT AN EXPANDED EDITION OF ‘CAPRICORN PRINCESS,’ THE 1976 FINAL KUDU ALBUM BY THE LATE, GREAT ESTHER PHILLIPS WITH (2) BONUS TRACKS MAKING THEIR CD DEBUT – A SINGLE EDIT OF ‘ALL THE WAY DOWN’ (FIRST RECORDED BY ESTHER’S LONGTIME FRIEND ETTA JAMES) AND THE RARE 12” SINGLE MIX OF ‘MAGIC’S IN THE AIR’ AND JANIS IAN’S ‘BOY, I REALLY TIED ONE ON’

• A CHILD STAR IN THE ‘50s, AN R&B/SOUL HITMAKER IN THE ‘60s AND A DISCO DIVA IN THE MID-‘70s (THANKS TO HER SIZZLING DISCO VERSION OF THE DINAH WASHINGTON STANDARD ‘WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES’), ESTHER PHILLIPS HAD A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS A RECORDING ARTIST AND POPULAR PERFORMER.

• ESTHER SIGNED WITH JAZZ-ORIENTED KUDU RECORDS IN 1972 AND RECEIVED ACCLAIM FOR HER LABEL DEBUT ‘FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM’ (SMCR-5120) – A 2014 EXPANDED EDITION REISSUED BY SOULMUSIC RECORDS.

• HER 7TH KUDU LP, CAPRICORN PRINCESS (PRODUCED BY LABEL FOUNDER CREED TAYLOR) CONTAINS A NUMBER OF COVERS – SOULFUL READINGS OF THE ‘60s STANDARDS ‘I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO’ AND ‘A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP’ (HER SECOND RECORDING OF THE SONG) WHILE ESTHER’S BLUESY PERSONALIZED VERSION OF BIG MAYBELLE’S ‘CANDY.’ TOP SESSION MUSICIANS INCLUDING RALPH MACDONALD, THE BRECKER BROTHERS, ERIC GALE, STEVE GADD AND ANTHONY JACKSON PLAYED ON THE LP WHICH REACHED #40 ON THE US R&B CHARTS #23 ON THE JAZZ CHARTS

• THIS EDITION OF CAPRICORN PRINCESS WAS REMASTERED BY JAMES BRAGG AND INCLUDES EXTENSIVE NOTES BY RENOWNED US WRITER A. SCOTT GALLOWAY.