If You Want It, Come and Get It

If You Want It, Come and Get It

by Irma Thomas
     
 

It's a crime that soul singer Irma Thomas isn't a household name. Her recordings for the Minit and Chess labels in the 1960s and 1970s remain classics of the genre, and one of her compositions, the torchy "Time Is on My Side," was a big hit for a young British band called the Rolling Stones. She took some time off to raise a family,…  See more details below

Overview

It's a crime that soul singer Irma Thomas isn't a household name. Her recordings for the Minit and Chess labels in the 1960s and 1970s remain classics of the genre, and one of her compositions, the torchy "Time Is on My Side," was a big hit for a young British band called the Rolling Stones. She took some time off to raise a family, but came back on the scene in the late '70s, and in 1984 she teamed up with producer Scott Billington to make a series of albums for the Rounder label. The songs collected here were all recorded between 1985 and 1999, and all but one were previously released on those earlier albums. Thomas' singing style and the playing of her various backing musicians is so consistent, though, that it's almost impossible to tell which tracks were recorded when; every one partakes of that joyful mix of New Orleans steam and chugging Memphis soul that has become her trademark. The songs are all classics -- the Dan Penn composition "If You Want It, Come and Get It," Paul Kelly's "The New Rules," Doc Pomus and Dr. John's "I Never Fool Nobody but Me." And there's even a gospel tune, the exuberant "Yield Not to Temptation" (with backing vocals by Marcia Ball and Tracy Nelson). Any fan of soul music ought to own all of the albums from which this collection was taken, but this disc is a good place to start.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661158221
catalogNumber:
611582

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irma Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marcia Ball   Background Vocals
David Torkanowsky   Piano,Hammond Organ
Tracy Nelson   Background Vocals
Dan Penn   Acoustic Guitar
Leroy Aych   Guitar
Chris Belleau   Trombone
Sammy Berfect   Piano,Hammond Organ
Scott Billington   Harmonica
Glenn Carvin   Keyboards
Cranston Clements   Acoustic Guitar
Charles Elam   Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Herman V. Ernest   Percussion,Drums
Elaine Foster   Background Vocals
Lisa Foster   Background Vocals
Sharon Foster   Background Vocals
Ernie Gautreau   Valve Trombone
Victor Goines   Baritone Saxophone
Chester Henry   Bass
Guillermo Ladut   Guitar
Pamela Landrum   Background Vocals
A.J. Pittman   Trumpet
Renard Poché   Guitar
George Porter   Bass
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Saulsbury   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Severin   Acoustic Bass
Jim Spake   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marvell Thomas   Piano,fender rhodes
Michael Toles   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Terry Tullos   Trumpet
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Carson Whitsett   Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Wilbert Widow   Drums
Warner Williams   Keyboards
Craig Wroten   Keyboards
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Davell Crawford   Hammond Organ
Howard Lamb   Trombone
Harold J. Scott   Bass
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Dr. John   Composer
Irma Thomas   Producer
Dan Penn   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
David Farrell   Engineer
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Horn Arrangements
Joe Saulsbury   Horn Arrangements
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Arranger
Warner Williams   Arranger
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Christian Clayton   Cover Art
Walter Klocko   Composer
D. Bryant   Composer

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