Joan Armatrading

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn Johns bringing in members of Gallagher & Lyle, Fairport Convention, and the Faces to punch up her folksy sound with elements of rock, country, and disco. The result is her most muscular music to date, with Armatrading adopting a swagger that showed her tales of unluckiness in love didn't have to have dire...
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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn Johns bringing in members of Gallagher & Lyle, Fairport Convention, and the Faces to punch up her folksy sound with elements of rock, country, and disco. The result is her most muscular music to date, with Armatrading adopting a swagger that showed her tales of unluckiness in love didn't have to have dire consequences ("Tall in the Saddle," "Water With the Wine"). Of course, it helped that the record featured her best material delivered in a wonderfully expressive voice that can capture the shades between song and speech like a sweeter version of Ian Anderson. "Down to Zero" (which features pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole) and "Love and Affection" are the album's most memorable tracks, the latter breaking into the U.K.'s Top Ten (the album itself made the U.K. Top 20). But what endears this record to fans is the quality of each song; it wouldn't be fair to call anything here filler. The artsy and eclectic "Like Fire," the beautiful ballad "Save Me," and the ingratiating melodies of "Somebody Who Loves You" are just as likely to strike a chord with listeners as the better-known cuts. While Glyn Johns deserves credit for bringing Joan Armatrading's songs into a more flattering setting -- it's not coincidental that the record feels like a polished version of The Who by Numbers -- his real stroke of genius was letting the artist flower to her full potential. For many, this album remains the high point in her catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Fontana A&M
  • UPC: 075021322820
  • Catalog Number: 213228
  • Sales rank: 71,594

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down To Zero (3:51)
  2. 2 Help Yourself (4:04)
  3. 3 Water With The Wine (2:48)
  4. 4 Love And Affection (4:28)
  5. 5 Save Me (3:35)
  6. 6 Join The Boys (4:48)
  7. 7 People (3:30)
  8. 8 Somebody Who Loves You (3:33)
  9. 9 Like Fire (5:12)
  10. 10 Tall In The Saddle (5:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joan Armatrading Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Donahue Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Bryn Haworth Guitar, Mandolin
Jimmy Jewell Saxophone
Dave Markee Bass
Tony Carr Drums
B.J. Cole Steel Guitar
Graham Lyle Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Dave Mattacks Drums
Pete Background Vocals
Brian Rogers Strings
Peter Wood Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Kenney Jones Drums
Leroy Champaign Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A CLASSIC 20TH CENTURY MUST-HAVE

    No music collection can be complete without this miraculous album: soulful, hardhitting, bluesy, triumphant. JA is #1 in a class of her own--this album will never, ever go out of style. Please put ALL her albums on CD so 21st century listeners can hear her complete, sumptuous repertoire and I can finally get rid of my record player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    One of my top 5 favorite cds of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome

    Saw Joan on Sat night live and in a small theater in S.F. megga years ago. Her music never gets old, Its still my fav.

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