Satisfied/Heartbreak Radio/Never Let You Go

Satisfied/Heartbreak Radio/Never Let You Go

by Rita Coolidge
     
 
Raven's 2012 set combines three Rita Coolidge albums from the dawn of the '80s on a double-disc set: 1979's Satisfied, 1981's Andrew Gold-produced Heartbreak Radio, and 1983's Never Let You Go; as an extra incentive, "Fool That I Am" from the soundtrack to the 1980 film Coast to Coast is added for good measure. Produced by noted Memphis

Overview

Raven's 2012 set combines three Rita Coolidge albums from the dawn of the '80s on a double-disc set: 1979's Satisfied, 1981's Andrew Gold-produced Heartbreak Radio, and 1983's Never Let You Go; as an extra incentive, "Fool That I Am" from the soundtrack to the 1980 film Coast to Coast is added for good measure. Produced by noted Memphis soul man Booker T. Jones, Satisfied does indeed bear traces of smoky Southern soul, particularly in its rhythms -- rhythms that remain supple and tight even when the song is planted quite firmly in the middle of the road. The exception is the hit single "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love." This bit of Carole Bayer Sager/Peter Allen melodrama actually is overblown, sounding as if it is the love song to an Irwin Allen disaster flick -- an appealing sound that's somewhat out of place on a record that's otherwise richer, as it ably flirts with disco ("Let's Go Dancin'") and straight-ahead pop ("Crime of Passion"). Heartbreak Radio is a different beast, thanks in large part to producer Gold. He steers Coolidge toward a mainstream created in equal parts from Hollywood and Nashville, balancing Alabama's "The Closer You Get" next to a reggae cover of Bacharach/David's "Wishin' and Hopin'." The former evokes 1981 as much as the arrangement does on the latter and they're fine period curios, but the record is better than that, particularly when the production roars (as it does on "Heartbreak Radio" and "I Did My Part") or slides into a hot tub (as it does on "Hold On [I Feel Our Love Is Changing]" or "Take It Home"). New wave starts to surface on Never Let You Go, thanks to the punchy percussion and jangle of the opening "I'll Never Let You Go," but Coolidge embraces the new wave, covering Squeeze ("Tempted"), Ian Dury ("Stop Wasting Your Time"), Culture Club ("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"), and Joe Jackson ("Fools in Love"). This is hardly a full-on skinny-tie record, though -- there are also covers of Al Green and Bob Seger, plus straight-ahead adult contemporary in the form of "Shadow in the Night" -- but this new wave predilection not only is fascinating, it's also fun. Certainly, the production -- all by David Anderle, half co-produced by Bernie Worrell -- dilutes the quirkiness and dulls the edge of new wave, but it's a happy balance of futurism and class and a wonderful little new wave anomaly that deserves to be heard.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800036222
catalogNumber:
362
Rank:
58680

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. One Fine Day
  2. The Fool In Me
  3. Trust It All To Somebody
  4. Let's Go Dancin'
  5. Pain of Love
  6. I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love
  7. Sweet Emotion
  8. Crime of Passion
  9. Can She Keep You Satisfied
  10. Walk On In
  11. One More Heartache
  12. The Closer You Get
  13. Wishin' and Hopin'
  14. Heartbreak Radio
  15. Man and a Woman

Disc 2

  1. I Did My Part
  2. Hold On (I Feel Our Love is Changing)
  3. Basic Lady
  4. Stranger To Me Now
  5. Take It Home
  6. I'll Never Let You Go
  7. Tempted
  8. Stop Wasting Your Time
  9. Shadow In the Night
  10. Only You
  11. You Do It
  12. Fools In Love
  13. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  14. You Ought To Be With Me
  15. We've Got Tonight
  16. Fool That I Am
  17. All Time High

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rita Coolidge   Primary Artist
Richie Cannata   Horn
Booker T. Jones   Horn
Jules Chaikin   Concert Master
Bill Henderson   Concert Master

Technical Credits

James House   Composer
Rita Coolidge   Composer
Green   Composer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Producer
Joe Sample   Composer
Jerry Riopelle   Composer
Peter Allen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Ian Dury   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Andrew Gold   Producer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Bruce Roberts   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Composer
Mark Gray   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Deborah Allen   Composer
David Anderle   Producer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Tony Brown   Composer
David Campbell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Richie Cannata   Horn Arrangements
Hal David   Composer
Chris Difford   Composer
Wilton Felder   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Chaz Jankel   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Priscilla Jones   Composer
Jerry Jumonville   Horn Arrangements
Lenny Macaluso   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
Eddie Struzick   Composer
Glenn Tilbrook   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Mike Utley   String Arrangements
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Donna Weiss   Composer
Frankie Miller   Composer
Jimbeau Hinson   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Mary Unobsky   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes
John Harris   Composer
M. Craig   Composer
James Pennington   Composer
Danny Ironstone   Composer
Louise Cook   Layout
Vincent Clarke   Composer
Jackson   Composer
Michael Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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