The Best of Esther Phillips (1962-1970)

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although former child R&B star Esther Phillips really hit her mature peak in the '60s, commercially she had a hard time finding a niche. "Release Me," her uptown R&B version of a country song, made the pop Top Ten in 1962. But she only dented the charts occasionally over the course of the next decade, despite recording frequently in a number of styles, usually but not always for Atlantic. This two-CD, 40-song set is an excellent distillation of work that isn't well known even by R&B devotees, drawing from about half a dozen albums and numerous singles, mostly from Atlantic, but also including 45s she made for Roulette in 1969; about half of the songs on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although former child R&B star Esther Phillips really hit her mature peak in the '60s, commercially she had a hard time finding a niche. "Release Me," her uptown R&B version of a country song, made the pop Top Ten in 1962. But she only dented the charts occasionally over the course of the next decade, despite recording frequently in a number of styles, usually but not always for Atlantic. This two-CD, 40-song set is an excellent distillation of work that isn't well known even by R&B devotees, drawing from about half a dozen albums and numerous singles, mostly from Atlantic, but also including 45s she made for Roulette in 1969; about half of the songs on this collection, in fact, were never issued on an album. Phillips was to a degree damned by her versatility: too suave and refined to be classified as a straight soul singer, she takes on jazz, pop, show tunes, blues, the Beatles her gender-morphed "And I Love Him" was a substantial hit, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and more. Like Etta James, the Columbia-era Aretha Franklin, and Nina Simone, she was one of those singers who fell between genre cracks: not quite soul, rock, R&B, jazz, pop, or blues, though elements of all those styles were present in her work. Actually, she wasn't quite as good as any of those above-mentioned legends, with a nasal, edgy style that won't be to everyone's taste, somewhat reminiscent though not as impressive as Nina Simone's. The smooth arrangements mine the wide territory between Dinah Washington and Dionne Warwick, though again, she wasn't as well-equipped for success with such an approach as those two were. All these caveats aside, if you enjoy the work of any of the reference points listed above, you'll most likely like Esther Phillips' work on these recordings as well; she's just not quite in the same Hall of Fame class.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227262426
  • Catalog Number: 72624

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Esther Phillips Primary Artist
Jerry Lewis Electric Bass
Phil Bodner Bass Clarinet
Gary Burton Vibes
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis Bass
Urbie Green Trombone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Hubert Laws Flute
Mel Lewis Drums
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Dave McKenna Piano
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Wilson Piano, Electric Piano
Dud Bascomb Trumpet
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Tyree Glenn Vibes
Ike Isaacs Acoustic Bass
Buddy Morrow Trombone
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass Guitar
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Al Brown Viola
Gary Chester Drums
Bobby Gregg Drums
Jimmy Ricks Track Performer
Dee Dee Warwick Vocals
Robert Maxwell Harp
Jimmy Wisner Conductor
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Bob Cranshaw Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Harry Allen Violin
Wayne Andre Trombone
The Anita Kerr Singers Background Vocals
Don Arnone Guitar
Robert Ashton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Donald Bailey Drums
Danny Banks Baritone Saxophone
Everett Barksdale Guitar, Mandolin
William Berry Flugelhorn
Arthur Bogin Violin
Estelle Brown Vocals
Billy Byers Trombone
Bob Bushnell Electric Guitar
Don Butterfield Tuba
Gene Chrisman Drums
Cissy Houston Vocals
Tommy Cogbill Conductor
Sammy Creason Drums
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Charles DeAngelis Tenor Saxophone
Cornell Dupree Guitar
George Devens Vibes
James Luther Dickinson Keyboards
Bernard Eichen Violin
Arnold Eidus Violin
Ray Ellis Conductor
Bobby Emmons Organ
Norman Forrest Viola
Charlie Freeman Guitar
Ernie Freeman Conductor
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Eric Gale Guitar
Joe Gentle Flute
Leroy Glover Organ, Conductor
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Al Gorgoni Electric Bass
Emanuel Green Violin
Paul Griffin Organ, Piano
Sol Gubin Drums
Ernie Hayes Organ, Piano
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Howard Roberts Background Vocals
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Phil Kraus Percussion
Mike Leech Bass
Herb Lovelle Drums
Ray Lucas Drums
Carl Lynch Guitar
Charles Macey Guitar, Mandolin
Charles Magruder Background Vocals
June Magruder Background Vocals
Joseph Malignaggi Violin
Arif Mardin Organ
Dave Markowitz Viola
Tommy McClure Bass
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Spooner Oldham Piano
Gene Orloff Violin
Tony Orlando Background Vocals
Romeo Penque Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Max Pollikoff Violin
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Dom Um Romão Percussion
George Ricci Cello
Margaret Ross Harp
Art Ryerson Mandolin
Russ Saunders Electric Bass
Al Schackman Guitar
Harry Shapiro Cello
Sylvia Shemwell Vocals
Tony Studd Trombone
Richard Tee Organ
Joe Tekula Cello
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
James Tyrell Electric Bass
Mike Utley Keyboards
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Kai Winding Trombone
Phil Woods Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Reggie Young Guitar
Billy Butler Guitar
Julie Held Violin
Frank Bruno Bass
Moe Weschler Piano
Harry Azen Viola
Peter Makas Cello
Sol Shapiro Violin
Artie Kaplan Flute, Saxophone
Cliff Parman Conductor
Lamar Wright Trumpet
Al Chernet Mandolin
James Maxwell Trumpet
Bill Suymer Guitar
Glenn Jackson Trombone
Ann Phillips Background Vocals
Calman Fleisig Viola
Noah Hopkins Background Vocals
Albert Richmond French Horn
Warren Smith Percussion
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
King Curtis Arranger, Producer
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Esther Phillips Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Bill Justis Arranger
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Dan Penn Producer
Bert Berns Producer
Tommy Cogbill Arranger
Eddie DeLange Composer
Tom Dowd Producer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Leroy Glover Arranger
Willie Henderson Producer
Will Hudson Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Mike Leech rhythm arrangement
Arif Mardin Arranger
Chips Moman Producer
Lelan Rogers Producer
Garry Sherman Arranger, Director
Tom Washington Arranger
Bergen White Arranger
David Nathan Liner Notes
Dave Crawford Producer
George Duning Composer
Cliff Parman Arranger
Melissa Totten Contributor, Editorial Research
Tony Randazzo Arranger, Producer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Charles Singleton Composer
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