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Soul Sessions
     

The Soul Sessions

4.7 19
by Joss Stone
 

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Appearances can be deceiving. And in the case of 16-year-old British singer Joss Stone, that's certainly true. Her beach-blonde looks might suggest Britney, but on her impressive debut, Stone belts with passionate, soulful pipes more akin to American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Perhaps that's

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Appearances can be deceiving. And in the case of 16-year-old British singer Joss Stone, that's certainly true. Her beach-blonde looks might suggest Britney, but on her impressive debut, Stone belts with passionate, soulful pipes more akin to American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Perhaps that's because this fellow talent show discovery was, like Clarkson, influenced by classic soul legends such as Aretha Franklin. Playing up the old-school R&B flavor in her music, Stone was whisked to the States to record with Betty Wright (best known for her 1972 hit "The Clean Up Woman"), resulting in The Soul Sessions. Wright, in the producer's chair, recruited key musicians to rekindle the fire of '70s Miami soul, including guitarist Willie "Little Beaver" Hale and keyboardist Timmy Thomas. The upshot is a yearning collection of revamped covers -- some familiar, such as the Isley Brothers' "For the Love of You" and Franklin's "All the King's Horses," and some more obscure, such as Joe Simon's "The Chokin' Kind" and Laura Lee's "Dirty Man." The cover most likely to resonate with Stone's peers, however, is a stripped-down, funked-up version of the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl," featuring backing vocals by neo-soul star Angie Stone and instrumental accompaniment by the Roots. It's a remarkable setting for Joss Stone's smoky pipes, and the entirety of the quickly recorded The Soul Sessions kicks this young singer's career off to a momentous start.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jon Caramanica
Backed by an array of R&B veterans -- Latimore, Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas -- Stone shines on this impressive covers set.
Time Out New York
The album combines classic soul nuggets with some curveballs, like a measured reading of the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl," performed over a dirty, dragging funk provided by the Roots. Jay Ruttenberg

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724354223426
catalogNumber:
42234

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joss Stone   Primary Artist
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Cindy Blackman   Bass,Drums
Timmy Thomas   Organ
Kamal   Keyboards
Jack Daley   Bass
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Sam Furnace   Saxophone
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Guitar
Myung Hi Kim   Violin
Benny Latimore   Piano
Mike Mangini   Tambourine
Namphuyo Aisha McCray   Background Vocals
Angelo Morris   Acoustic Guitar
James Poyser   Keyboards
Laura Seaton   Violin
Angie Stone   Background Vocals
Jeanette Wright   Background Vocals
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Rob Shaw   Violin
?uestlove   Drums
Steve Greenwell   Bass
Pierre Daniel   Keyboards
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Jenny Strenger   Violin
Ignacio Nunez   Percussion
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Liza Lim   Violin
Marc Ciprut   Guitar
Dawn Hannay   Viola
Adam Blackstone   Bass
Taneka Duggan   Background Vocals
Jimmy Farkus   Guitar
Sarah Kim   Violin
Sharon Park   Violin
Robert Rienhart   Viola
Tom Rosenfeld   Viola
Kirk Douglass   Guitar
Alan Stepansky   Cello
Soohyun Kwon   Violin
Deanna Carroll   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Carla Thomas   Composer
Betty Wright   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
John Ellison   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Norman Harris   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Kelly Isley   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Mike Mangini   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Bobby Miller   Composer
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
David Gorman   Art Direction
Charles Buckins   Composer
?uestlove   Producer
Steve Greenwell   Engineer
John R. Angier   String Arrangements
Jack White   Composer
Joss Stone   Author
Steve Greenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
Willie Garner   Composer

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The Soul Sessions 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great Cd! Okay, so i listend to it online but still Soul Sessions was great! i LOVED the song "All the King's Horses"! You can really hear the influence of Aretha Franklina and other soul singers. I think i'll run out right now and buy it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd. I bought it because i heard one song, after that i just hqad to have the cd. This is the first cd that i have that i can listen to again an again. It will put you in a mellow mood! Cheers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept hearing about this new, 16-year-old blonde blues singer from England...WHAT!? After listening to this CD, I am convinced. Joss Stone has been here before...and in this life, she's using what she learned from the last one! Her voice, her phrasing, and voice control are astounding at her age. And she sings about topics she shouldn't even be aware of at such a young age. And what a compliment to her talent that she was able to work with legendary and contemporary artists like Betty Wright, Latimore and ?uestlove from the Roots. And she does great renditions of "All the Kings Horse's", "Some Kind of Wonderful", and the Isley's "For the Love of You." I cannot wait to see her live and in living color!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Joss Stone on VH1 and thought i'd give her a try, well i fell in love with her cd, her voice is amazing! I was very suprised, and she is one of my favorite singers now, it's also nice to know songs that i otherwise would never have heard of
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this CD. I purchased this CD after seeing Joss on MTV news and I hadn't really heard any of her songs. I was just intrigued. I was not disappointed. This was one of the few CD's that I have purchased in months that I can listen to from start to finish and find something to love about every song. Joss' rich, soulful voice is a perfect instrument for all of the songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite cd by Joss Stone. Loved the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
stone's voice is smooth and way beyond her years. her projection is very natural, resulting in a powerful voice that doesnt sound forced. if you molded janis joplin, aretha franklin, whitney houston and anna kournikova the end result would be joss stone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is incredible. My friends and I listen to the snippets at school and we got the CD. It was even better than we expected. Congratulations Joss Stone! This is the new refreshing artist that the music scene needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far only heard brief clips on line, but enough to recognise a major talent. Any Janis Joplin fan will instantly recognise an eerie similarity in the timbre of Joss Stone's haunting vocals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes all you need is the first note sung, no matter how long it's held. I only needed to hear the 30 second snippet on "For The Love of You". Simply amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had heard "fell in love with a boy" on the radio, and liked it, and so i bought this cd on blind faith. i haven't been disappointed. i think she'd do a great rendition of janis joplin's "me and bobby mcgee." i think she's going to go far. this cd is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard her interviewed & singing live on NPR - what a VOICE! She is incredible. and she sang a stanza from songs she's working on for her new album. She's gonna be a hot one to follow -
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd a while back and was eager for her new one to come out. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM BOTH! What an amazing voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I admit, I am 40 something. When I saw the titles of the tracks on this cd, I was excited. This would bring back memories. The artist's rendition of "Super Duper" as well as "The Chokin Kind" were outstanding, however, her renditions of "I've Fallen In Love With You", "Dirty Man", and "For The Love of You", had my head screaming...what is this? The songs were unrecognizable, particulary the Isley Brothers "For The Love of You". If you are my age...these renditions are close to blasphemy. Of course we would like the younger generation to be able to appreciate our sounds..to be able to give credit to these gifted artists who were oftentimes underrated...but not with this cd. Ms. Stone has a terrific voice but words cannot describe what a disservice that her terrific voice did to these classics. Listen, if you want to know what good old "chicken frying" soul sounds like, get your hands on the real deal...Laura Lee's "Dirty Man", Barbara Lynn's "Til Then I'll Suffer", Sugar Billy's, "Supa Dupa Love", Wille Clayton's "Tell Me", and by all means check out Carla Thomas' "I've Fallen In Love". They may be very hard to find...these are rare classics...but worth the search. If you must listen to a remake, listen to Whitney Houston's version of "For The Love of You"...not bad...and you will at least recognize the song. Check out the originals...after all...they are the ones that "brought them to town"...often imitated...but never duplicated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joss is amazing. Her many influences come through her music and her voice is incredible. A bit of soul, motown, and blues blend to make something perfect!
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