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I Can't Complain
     

I Can't Complain

by Phoebe Snow
 

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The record business being, if possible, even harder on women over 30 than the movie business is, I Can't Complain was 45-year-old Phoebe Snow's first album in nine years and only her second in 17 years. It was also her first to present her solely as an interpretive singer, not including any of her own compositions. Maybe for these reasons, producers See more details below

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The record business being, if possible, even harder on women over 30 than the movie business is, I Can't Complain was 45-year-old Phoebe Snow's first album in nine years and only her second in 17 years. It was also her first to present her solely as an interpretive singer, not including any of her own compositions. Maybe for these reasons, producers Joel Moss and Jimmy Vivino had her swing for the fences: it took a lot of confidence to cover songs associated with such vocal powerhouses as Van Morrison ("Madame George"), Janis Joplin ("Piece of My Heart"), and Mary Martin ("Never Never Land") among others. Of course, Snow's own voice was so distinctive that she had no trouble making such material her own. In truth, the challenge with Snow is not so much finding songs as excluding them; it's hard to think of a song to which she couldn't bring a new and valuable interpretation. Her "Piece of My Heart" is just as impassioned as Joplin's, but comes from a different universe of feeling. She fully understands Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (one of two duets with Michael McDonald) and suggests a few other meanings. Her "Baby, Work Out" is just as joyous as Jackie Wilson's, with some added emotions as well. Her "A Case of You" is just a vulnerable as Joni Mitchell's, and somewhat more knowing. And so on. The only thing wrong with this album is that it is such a rarity. A singer of Snow's quality should have been documented much more extensively over the last two decades.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
HOUSE OF BLUES
UPC:
0751416135243
catalogNumber:
1352

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Performance Credits

Phoebe Snow   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kooper   Hammond Organ
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Steve Burgh   Guitar,Mandolin
Scott Frankfurt   Percussion,Loops
John Gardner   Drums
Michael Merritt   Bass
Larry Packer   Fiddle
Glenn Worf   Bass
Reese Wynans   Hammond Organ
Jimmy Vivino   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Louis Appel   Drums
Scott Healy   Piano,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Bert Berns   Composer
Steve Burgh   Arranger
Joe Moss   Producer,Engineer
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Vivino   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Valerie Behling   Art Direction
Braggs   Composer
Gerard Thomas McMahon   Composer
John S. Hurt   Composer

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