Home Is Where the Hatred Is: The Kudu Years 1971-1977

Home Is Where the Hatred Is: The Kudu Years 1971-1977

by Esther Phillips
     
 

The Rhino double-CD The Best of Esther Phillips (1962-1970) covered the period that most would agree was the singer's most artistically successful. As an 18-song disc that covers the period immediately following what was documented on the Rhino collection, Home Is Where the Hatred Is: TheSee more details below

Overview

The Rhino double-CD The Best of Esther Phillips (1962-1970) covered the period that most would agree was the singer's most artistically successful. As an 18-song disc that covers the period immediately following what was documented on the Rhino collection, Home Is Where the Hatred Is: The Kudu Years 1971-1977 is a valuable supplement for those who want more. However, as was the case with another idiosyncratic soul-pop singer who moved to CTI in the 1970s (Nina Simone), Phillips' '70s output was decidedly inferior to her '60s work, even if her vocal skills remained intact. It's respectable enough 1970s soul, with a slicker and funkier feel than her earlier sides, in keeping with the trends sweeping the world of R&B during the decade, getting into disco on her 1975 hit "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes." But while several major writers are covered on the songs selected for this anthology -- Marvin Gaye, Allen Toussaint, Bill Withers, Joe Cocker, Jackie DeShannon, Gil Scott-Heron, and Gene McDaniels -- not many of the selections are above average, leaving the most distinctive thing about them Phillips' odd if appealing pinched, slinky vocal tone. Songs really are necessary to raise singers who rely on cover material to a higher level, and the shortage of ace numbers is what separates Phillips' '70s records from those of someone like, say, Gladys Knight. The record's only disappointing, however, in that it doesn't show Phillips at the point where she was getting the most out of her abilities in the studio. It's mildly likable period '70s soul for the most part, if dull in places.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657017425
catalogNumber:
174
Rank:
111882

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Esther Phillips   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Benson   Guitar
Pee Wee Ellis   Conductor
Gary Knight   Conductor

Technical Credits

Joe Cocker   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Joe Beck   Arranger
Bob James   Arranger
Jack Wilson   rhythm arrangement
Pee Wee Ellis   Arranger
Jim Price   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
David Matthews   Arranger
Stanley Adams   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Don Sebesky   String Arrangements
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Eugene McDaniels   Composer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Chris Stainton   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer,Audio Production
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
Peter Shillito   Concept
Peter Burns   Liner Notes,Annotation
Irving Gordon   Composer
A. Lee   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Gary Knight   Arranger

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