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Deluxe Edition
     

Deluxe Edition

by Shemekia Copeland
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
Label:
Alligator Records
UPC:
0014551561422
catalogNumber:
515614
Rank:
102508

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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
Uptown Horns   Horn
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
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
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
Eddie Gore   Engineer
Lattanzi   Composer
Leo Lusing-Hauert   Cover Photo
Suzanne Foschino   Tray Photo

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