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

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657031520
  • Catalog Number: 315
  • Sales rank: 53,937

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rita Coolidge Primary Artist
Kris Kristofferson Background Vocals
Al 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, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Herb Pedersen Banjo
Al 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
Warren Barnett Mastering
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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