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I Am Woman/Long Hard Climb

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's two-fer release of Helen Reddy's I Am Woman and Long Hard Climb is typically well-produced -- well-annotated by Ian MacFarlane, remastered expertly, nicely designed, adorned by two bonus tracks, and -- above all -- focusing on two records that capture the artist at the peak of her career. All well and good, so the question is this: Is this solely for the diehards or will those who like "I Am Woman" and know nothing else also enjoy this two-fer? The answer is yes, they should enjoy I Am Woman/Long Hard Climb, but it's a qualified "yes" because a little Helen Reddy can go a long way for some listeners -- especially those who enjoy "I Am Woman" for either ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's two-fer release of Helen Reddy's I Am Woman and Long Hard Climb is typically well-produced -- well-annotated by Ian MacFarlane, remastered expertly, nicely designed, adorned by two bonus tracks, and -- above all -- focusing on two records that capture the artist at the peak of her career. All well and good, so the question is this: Is this solely for the diehards or will those who like "I Am Woman" and know nothing else also enjoy this two-fer? The answer is yes, they should enjoy I Am Woman/Long Hard Climb, but it's a qualified "yes" because a little Helen Reddy can go a long way for some listeners -- especially those who enjoy "I Am Woman" for either its camp value or its message. However, those who like the record for its sound -- its layered, post-Glen Campbell, early-'70s soft rock, AM pop, MOR sound -- this is quite enjoyable, particularly because the quality of the songs is quite consistent apart from the odd stumble like a woeful cover of Ray Charles' "Hit the Road, Jack" or the vaudevillian "The Last Blues Song". Ironically enough for a singer so associated with a tale of empowerment, Reddy isn't a particularly assertive vocalist; she tends to blend into the production of the records on both albums, which is not a bad thing, since it enhances the enjoyment of each as sheer sound and as period pieces, since they certainly stopped arranging and producing records like this a few years after these were released. And that's also the reason why this disc may, in many ways, be preferable to a hits collection for listeners who like "I Am Woman" or "Delta Dawn," the big single from Long Hard Climb, and want more in that vein instead of all the charting hits, which after a certain point were less endearing than the music captured here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657016824
  • Catalog Number: 168
  • Sales rank: 48,899

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helen Reddy Primary Artist
Artie Butler Conductor
Al Capps Conductor
Lee Holdridge Conductor
Lennie Coltun Conductor
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Helen Reddy Composer, Producer
Don McLean Composer
Leon Russell Composer
John Sebastian Composer
Kenny Rankin Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Larry Collins Composer
Ron Davies Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Artie Butler Arranger
Al Capps Arranger
Tom Catalano Producer
Buck Herring Engineer
Joel Hirschhorn Composer
Lee Holdridge Arranger
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Al Kasha Composer
Adam Miller Composer
John Palladino Producer
William Salter Composer
Bobby Scott Composer
Jay Senter Producer
Armin Steiner Engineer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Georges Garvarentz Composer
Glenn A. Baker Concept
Linda Laurie Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Kevin Mueller Concept
Peter Shillito Concept
M.P. Curtis Composer
John Hoernle Art Direction
Ray Burton Composer
A. Butler Composer
Danny Meehan Composer
Alex Harvey Composer
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes, Concept
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