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Come to My Garden [Varese]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Minnie Riperton's solo debut is in many respects her finest hour -- devoid of the overly syrupy production that hampers her later work, Come to My Garden instead couches her miraculous voice in the elegant arrangements of the great Charles Stepney, striking a perfect balance between romantic melodrama and sensual nuance. Call Stepney's singular approach "chamber soul" -- the nimble melodies and insistent grooves swell with orchestral flourishes, while the jazz-inspired rhythms courtesy of Ramsey Lewis' group at times evoke Van Morrison's masterpiece Astral Weeks. Stepney creates the ideal backdrop for Riperton's soaring vocals, which reveal a subtlety and restraint absent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Minnie Riperton's solo debut is in many respects her finest hour -- devoid of the overly syrupy production that hampers her later work, Come to My Garden instead couches her miraculous voice in the elegant arrangements of the great Charles Stepney, striking a perfect balance between romantic melodrama and sensual nuance. Call Stepney's singular approach "chamber soul" -- the nimble melodies and insistent grooves swell with orchestral flourishes, while the jazz-inspired rhythms courtesy of Ramsey Lewis' group at times evoke Van Morrison's masterpiece Astral Weeks. Stepney creates the ideal backdrop for Riperton's soaring vocals, which reveal a subtlety and restraint absent from the glass-shattering bombast of her subsequent performances -- the opening "Les Fleurs" covered decades later by 4Hero crystallizes the entire record, embracing both intimacy and majesty to haunting effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206631128
  • Catalog Number: 066311
  • Sales rank: 43,687

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Minnie Riperton Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Maurice White Rhythm
Cleveland Eaton Rhythm
Ramsey Lewis Rhythm
Elsa Harris Background Vocals
Kitti Hayward Background Vocals
Charles Stepney Conductor
Technical Credits
Terence Blanchard Composer
Stu Black Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Gary Starr Engineer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Nick Watson Remastering
Dick Fowler Original Design Concept
Tom Ornshaw Artwork
Gary Star Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lost for words..................

    I first heard Les Fleurs in an advert on TV, tracked it down to 4hero and then to Minnie Ripperton. Then I bought Petals and then this CD. I like music as diverse as Punk, Funk, Hard Rock, Soul, Classical etc. But I have got to say this is one of the best Cds I have ever heard. I will stop you in your tracks, as it did me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS A CRIME..A SHAME!!!

    Its a shame this page is as empty as it is this is Minnie Ripperton...the phenominal Minnie. I recently puchased the double cd set "Petels the Minnie Ripperton collection" because i was in the mall listning to the 30 sec sampler and I heard the most beautiful peaceful melody ive heard in a long time"the edge of a dream" (which is a dedication to Dr Martin luthe king)and I had to purchuse the album.it was a gamble for me beacase I had only heard like 2 songs from minnie at this point and i never heard anyone ever talking about her. But I can honestly say I was very pleasently suprised she has the most beautul voice ever she put so much emotion in her music songs like Come into my garden,seeing you this way,memory lane, completeness are superb. I doubt anyone is even on this page but if u r then that say u have at least a little intrest so im recomending her work

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