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’
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