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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The daughter of blues icon Johnny Copeland may not be the template for sassy, blues-based soul shouting -- there are plenty of similarly styled women in blues history -- but her tough, brassy vocals and female-empowered songs quickly made her one of the most popular contemporary female artists in the genre after her 1998 Alligator debut. The label released four albums from the singer, all pretty much in the same vein, through 2005, after which she took a four-year break and reappeared on the Telarc imprint with a redefined approach. This hour-plus compilation successfully grabs 15 highlights, adds a snappy Christmas song originally included on an Alligator holiday ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The daughter of blues icon Johnny Copeland may not be the template for sassy, blues-based soul shouting -- there are plenty of similarly styled women in blues history -- but her tough, brassy vocals and female-empowered songs quickly made her one of the most popular contemporary female artists in the genre after her 1998 Alligator debut. The label released four albums from the singer, all pretty much in the same vein, through 2005, after which she took a four-year break and reappeared on the Telarc imprint with a redefined approach. This hour-plus compilation successfully grabs 15 highlights, adds a snappy Christmas song originally included on an Alligator holiday anthology, and provides a snapshot for those who want a sampler of Copeland's talents. While the strutting, harder-edged music, often including horns, is a significant part of Copeland's résumé and substantially represented here, the compilers have included some jazzy and more subtle performances that show she is comfortable dialing down the vocal fire power when needed. There's also a funky side to her personality, represented by the Tower of Power-styled "Better Not Touch" from 2005's The Soul Truth and 2002's "When a Woman's Had Enough." The disc ignores a strict chronological presentation for one that flows musically. Many of these songs were written specifically for Copeland -- she gets a writing co-credit on five --so the sound and lyrical themes remain relatively consistent, even through seven years. Since all of her discs had a similar groove, the result is more than just a batch of good tunes played and sung with conviction, but a smartly calculated summation that plays like a unified whole. In addition to gritty blues-rockers like the Stones/Chuck Berry-inspired flamethrower "Wild, Wild Woman," Copeland wrings real soul from ballads such as "Don't Whisper" and especially an intimate reading of her father's "Ghetto Child," both with a surprisingly sympathetic and sensitive touch. She's even convincing on the lone acoustic Delta blues "Beat Up Guitar," an enticing side road that might be worth exploring again in the future. Copeland's 2009 Telarc release reveals new directions for her, but this wrap-up does a terrific job of summarizing these crucial early years in her professional development.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551561422
  • Catalog Number: 515614
  • Sales rank: 123,841

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shemekia Copeland Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
Dr. John Organ, Piano
Chester Thompson Drums
Sugar Blue Harmonica
David Barard Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals
Bob Britt Guitar
Felix Cavaliere Organ
Crispin Cioe Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Robert Funk Trombone
Barry Harrison Drums
Jim Horn Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
Carl Marsh Organ
Michael Merritt Bass
Brian Mitchell Organ, Piano
Arthur Neilson Guitar
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Tom Roady Percussion
Charles Rose Trombone
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Vivino Guitar
Fred Walcott Percussion
James Wormworth Drums
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Jason Langley Bass
Mark Williams Background Vocals
Mike Welch Guitar
Shake Anderson Bass
Herman Ernest Drums, Background Vocals
Reggie Wooten Guitar
Jason Ladanye Organ, Piano
Larry Etkin Trumpet
Steve Potts Drums
David Santos Bass
Hugh McCacken Guitar
The Uptown Horns Horn
N'nandi Bryant Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer
Dr. John Producer
John Hahn Producer, Photo Courtesy
Ray Bardani Engineer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Joe Hudson Horn Arrangements
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Jay Newland Engineer
John Snyder Producer
Jimmy Vivino Producer
Joe Rosen Back Cover Photo
Michael Trossman Logo Design
Joe Johnson Engineer
Kevin Niemiec Design Producer
Collin Jordan Remastering
Eddie Gore Engineer
Lattanzi Composer
Leo Lusing-Hauert Cover Photo
Suzanne Foschino Tray Photo
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