Lady's Not for Sale/Fall into Spring/It's Only Love

The Lady's Not for Sale/Fall into Spring/It's Only Love

by Rita Coolidge
     
 

It its usual elegant manner, Australia's Raven Records presents three of Rita Coolidge's early recordings in a deluxe package with beautifully remastered sound. The three albums -- The Lady's Not for Sale, Fall into Spring, and It's Only Love (on two discs) -- were originally released in 1972, 1974, and 1975, respectively. None of them charted as…  See more details below

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It its usual elegant manner, Australia's Raven Records presents three of Rita Coolidge's early recordings in a deluxe package with beautifully remastered sound. The three albums -- The Lady's Not for Sale, Fall into Spring, and It's Only Love (on two discs) -- were originally released in 1972, 1974, and 1975, respectively. None of them charted as high as her 1977 breakthrough album Anytime...Anywhere or 1978's Love Me Again (issued by Raven in a previous two-fer in 2008). They are, arguably, better records artistically. They offer portraits of Coolidge displaying all of her many interpretive gifts as a singer and, more importantly, as a stylist. The Lady's Not for Sale reached the Top 50 on the Billboard chart, and three singles were chosen: her amazingly brazen interpretation of the standard "Fever" and "Whiskey Whiskey" both made the pop chart, and "My Crew" hit the country Top 50. While "Fever" is the clear standout, there are two other tracks that deserve mention, her stellar, soulful reading of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire," which evokes her gospel roots in a sleight-of-hand way, and Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby, Tonight," whose meaning is changed because of her deeper soul phrasing and delivery. The title track written by Kris Kristofferson is a defiant, emotive anthem. Fall into Spring contains amazing readings of "Love Has No Pride" (that's less immediate but equally as powerful as Bonnie Raitt's version), Bobby Charles "Cowboys and Indians," a burning reading of Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for the Train," and a little-known but amazing version of Charlie Rich's "I Feel Like Goin' Home," that fearlessly brings out the full gospel expression in the tune, long before Rich recorded it himself. The final album in the set is the biggest surprise with the use of Rhodes pianos, and walks a perfect line between soft rock and country throughout. It was the least successful of these albums but nonetheless, like them, is utterly consistent and contains stellar tracks such as Robert E' Morrison's "Born to Love Me," "It's Only Love, " the funky blues of Kristofferson's "Late Again," and the jazz standard "Mean to Me." The historical liner essay by Ian McFarlane is, as usual, authoritative and engagingly informative.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657031520
catalogNumber:
315
Rank:
1142

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Crew
  2. Fever
  3. Bird on the Wire
  4. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  5. A Woman Left Lonely
  6. Whiskey Whiskey
  7. Everybody Loves a Winner
  8. Donut Man
  9. Inside of Me
  10. The Lady's Not for Sale
  11. Love Has No Pride
  12. That's What Friends Are For
  13. Cowboys and Indians
  14. Hold an Old Friend's Hand
  15. We Had It All
  16. Mama Lou

Disc 2

  1. Heaven's Dream
  2. Desperados Waiting for the Train
  3. A Nickel for the Fiddler
  4. The Burden of Freedom
  5. Now Your Baby Is a Lady
  6. I Feel Like Going Home
  7. Born to Love Me
  8. I Wanted It All
  9. Keep the Candle Burning
  10. Don't Let Love Pass You By
  11. It's Only Love
  12. Star
  13. Late Again
  14. My Rock and Roll Man
  15. Mean to Me
  16. Am I Blue

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rita Coolidge   Primary Artist
Kris Kristofferson   Background Vocals
Kooper   Guitar
John Sebastian   Harmonica
Jennifer Warnes   Background Vocals
Barbara Carroll   Piano
Marc Benno   Guitar
Andrew Gold   Background Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Colin Bailey   Drums
Rita Jean Bodine   Background Vocals
Sammy Creason   Drums
Linda Dillard   Background Vocals
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Charlie Freeman   Guitar
Gib Guilbeau   Fiddle
Milt Holland   Marimbas,Vibes
Brooks Hunnicutt   Background Vocals
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Flute,Piano,Background Vocals
Priscilla Jones   Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon   Guitar
Tommy McClure   Bass
Jerry McGee   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Banjo
Perkins   Rhythm Guitar
Petsye Powell   Background Vocals
Carl Radle   Bass
Lee Sklar   Bass
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Jennifer Warren   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Donna Weiss   Background Vocals
Ken Edwards   Background Vocals
Priscilla   Background Vocals
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals
Booker T.   Background Vocals
Nick De Caro   Accordion
Russell Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Geoffrey Levin   Dobro,Energy Bow

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Marc Benno   Arranger,Composer
Bobby Charles   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Eric Kaz   Composer
Larry Murray   Composer
Libby Titus   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Tom Ghent   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
David Anderle   Producer
John Bettis   Composer
David Campbell   Orchestral Arrangements
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Benny Gallagher   Composer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Priscilla Jones   Composer
Graham Lyle   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Mike Utley   Composer
Donna Weiss   Composer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Irvin Benno   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes
Louise Cook   Layout
Carol Pugh   Composer
Johnny Davenport   Composer

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