Do Right Woman: The Soul of New Orleans

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 12 tracks, recorded in 1993, were originally released that year in France as Born with the Blues, and issued by Virgin in the U.S. under the same title in 1996. This 2006 U.K. reissue on the Shout! label contains the same dozen songs, but retitles the album Do Right Woman, resequencing the tracks and adding historical liner notes. Marva Wright's albums might be filed more often under the blues section than any other, but in truth, she's a versatile singer of all forms of New Orleans R&B, venturing into gospel and soul as well. There's no faulting her vocal performances on Do Right Woman; their powerful gutsiness marks her as one of the best blues/R&B ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 12 tracks, recorded in 1993, were originally released that year in France as Born with the Blues, and issued by Virgin in the U.S. under the same title in 1996. This 2006 U.K. reissue on the Shout! label contains the same dozen songs, but retitles the album Do Right Woman, resequencing the tracks and adding historical liner notes. Marva Wright's albums might be filed more often under the blues section than any other, but in truth, she's a versatile singer of all forms of New Orleans R&B, venturing into gospel and soul as well. There's no faulting her vocal performances on Do Right Woman; their powerful gutsiness marks her as one of the best blues/R&B singers to have emerged in the final decades of the 20th century. It's the material that makes this an uneven record, though a worthwhile one on the whole. Some of the songs are quite good, "Born with the Blues" being a particular highlight for both its minor-keyed melody and vocals with a lived-in intensity that was a rare commodity indeed in '90s blues records. "Pray" is another peak, both for its moody gospel melody and stellar backup by Sonny Landreth on slithering slide guitar. Some of the other songs, however, are only average, so-so blues/R&B efforts, even if the manner in which Wright throws herself into them is never less than wholehearted. The covers of familiar R&B and soul tunes are also variable; it's real hard to do anything new with "Hound Dog," though "Can't Nobody Love You" (a '60s chart single for Solomon Burke) works well, in part because it strips down to just Wright's voice and Freddy Koella's slide guitar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Shout
  • EAN: 5013929503120
  • Catalog Number: 31
  • Sales rank: 291,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Times (3:31)
  2. 2 Before I Met You (5:15)
  3. 3 It's Gonna Be All Right (5:32)
  4. 4 Hound Dog (5:35)
  5. 5 Can't Nobody Love You (2:43)
  6. 6 Pray (5:01)
  7. 7 It's So Nice (5:46)
  8. 8 He's on the Way (3:14)
  9. 9 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (5:36)
  10. 10 Been and Gone (3:03)
  11. 11 The Glitter Queen (4:05)
  12. 12 Born with the Blues (5:24)
  13. 13 What's Wrong (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marva Wright Primary Artist
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Guitar, Soloist
James Rivers Tenor (Vocal)
Andy J. Forest Harmonica
Bill Gregory Guitar, Soloist
Sonny Landreth Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold Drums
Sammy Berfect Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ
Charles Elam III Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Snakebite Jacobs Baritone Saxophone
Freddy Koella Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Slide Guitar
Pamela Landrum Background Vocals
Lenny McDaniel Guitar, Hand Clapping
Benny Turner Bass
Davell Crawford Piano
Marc Adams Piano
Mark Sterling Hand Clapping
Lebras Hand Clapping
Tracy Griffin Trumpet
Anthony H. Brown Guitar
Technical Credits
Tommy Ridgley Composer
Marva Wright Composer
Jon Cleary Composer
Carlo Ditta Composer, Producer
Irvin Hunt Composer
Lenny McDaniel Composer
Chips Moman Composer
Marc Adams Composer
Lebras Producer
Sam Russell Composer
James "Sugarboy" Crawford Composer
Clive Richardson Liner Notes
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