I Am Woman/Long Hard Climb

I Am Woman/Long Hard Climb

by Helen Reddy
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657016824
catalogNumber:
168
Rank:
100699

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helen Reddy   Primary Artist
Artie Butler   Conductor
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
Capps   Arranger
Tom Catalano   Producer
Buck Herring   Engineer
Joel Hirschhorn   Composer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
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
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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