Hoon’s Tune & Muso Faves: 2014 – Blues & Soul

Simply: my favorite soul record of 2014 - stupendous!

Simply: my favorite soul record of 2014 – stupendous!

ARCHIVAL DISCOVERIES
Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman (The Lost Cotillion Album)

The results, as soul lifting and impactful as anything she has has done, are an object lesson in the profound vacuousness of the music business — which tried to throw Thomas away well before her time. Luckily for Thomas, and for us, she’d rebound into the 1980s after quickly leaving Atlantic, first on Charly and then on Rounder. Nobody questions the Queen anymore. (Nick DeRisio,
writing for SomethingELSE. full review

Thomas wasn’t exactly thrilled that they’d been rediscovered. The 15 songs were recorded in four different cities, with various producers, as Atlantic experimented in an effort to revive her career.

“I was praying that those songs would never come out,” she says. “I didn’t think it was my best work. I had totally wiped that out of my mind — that’s how bad I felt about those recording sessions.”

She bought a copy of “The Lost Cotillion Album” anyway, took it home, and gave it a listen.

“The songs themselves aren’t that bad,” she concluded. “But had I been allowed to perform them the way that I wanted to, it would have been much better.

“They were hell-bent for leather to have me sound like somebody they wanted me to sound like. That’s where the loss came in.” Irma Thomas has mixed feelings about the rediscovery of her 1970s-era ‘Lost Cotillion Album’

BLUES
Swamp Dogg – The White Man Made Me Do It


SOUL
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

NEW ORLEANS
Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein – Viper’s Drag

REISSUE
Howlin’ Wolf The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62

MORE GEMS
Albert Collins – Funky Blues Live 1973
Sonny Knight & the Lakers – I’m Still Here
Joe Louis Walker – Hornet’s Nest
King Legba and the Loas – King Legba and the Loas
Meshell Ndegeocello – Comet, Come To Me

REISSUES
The Sweet Inspirations – The Complete Atlantic Singles
VA – Chicago Blues Summit With J. B. Lenoir & Sunnyland Slim
Muddy Waters – The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles As & Bs 1947-62
va – Say Amen! Gospel Funk from Jewel Records


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