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Irma Thomas has long been hailed as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," an accolade that's accurate but seems a little limited. (Imagine calling Elvis Presley the "King of Memphis Rock & Roll.") As her first album of new recordings in six years attests, Thomas can sing just about anything better than just about anyone from just about anywhere. Though the liner notes indicate that most of the material was selected before Hurricane Katrina, there's a bittersweet resonance that extends from Arthur Alexander's lament about a once happy home "In the Middle of It All" and the soul classic "I Count the Tears" to the funeral dirge of the traditional "Another Man Done Gone" and the Blind Willie Johnson blues standard "Soul of a Man." There's an inspirational quality as well, in the gospel "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" and the stirring closer, Stevie Wonder's "Shelter in the Rain," with only David Torkanowsky's piano backing Thomas's transcendent voice. Other Louisiana instrumental seasonings come from Sonny Landreth's slide guitar and Dirk Powell's fiddle. Most singers who have been recording as long as Thomas resort to tricks, mannerisms, and show-off displays, but she remains the anti-diva, a stylist of exquisite understatement whose every note rings true and hits home. --Don McLeese


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B000EULJVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
On her web page, Irma Thomas sends this message to her fans:

"I know that this is a trying time for all of us in the City called New Orleans, but I know and feel everything is going to be alright. New Orleans has a lot of strong FAITH people and I am One of them. We are just displaced for a short time and Can and Will rebuild that beautiful city bigger and better then ever. Remember God first and he will grant you good success. To all my fans, KEEP THE FAITH. Love Irma"

Irma Thomas was on a gig in Austin, Texas when Katrina hit her beloved New Orleans. She went home to find her home and all of her belongings were gone. She was for a time, considered missing, and word went out that "The Queen of New Orleans" was lost. She was found, and has set an example for the rest of her fellow New Orlean residnets for her optimism and spirit. All of the songs on this CD were selected before Katrina hit, but it is not just fortune or luck but Faith that these all work as a post Katrina Memorial. This CD has the soul you expect and is sung directly from the heart. The songs span 75 years and Irma Thomas has re-written some verses to fit the occasion. What a find, what a woman, what memories and love she invokes.

Irma Thomas invited musicians from New Orleans to play with her on this CD. It was recorded in Southern Louisiana some months after Katrina hit. The players include jazz pianist
David Torkanowski, acoustic bassist James Singleton, drummer Stanton Moore, plus Dirk Powell, playing a variety of string instruments from guitar to banjo and fiddle. Guests include guitar sensation Sonny Landreth, and bluesman Corey Harris.

"In the Middle of It All", by Arthur Alexander gives us the first example of how powerful and loving this CD will be.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bradly Briggs VINE VOICE on December 1, 2006
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Back in the musically wonderful sixties a real standout timeless classic performance is "Wish Someone Would Care" by Irma Thomas being a haunting listening experience to this day...over the years since this great singer has been making many fine albums then along comes a true masterpiece, who knew it would come all these years later! A wondrous fixture in New Orleans for decades, this collection of richly varied songs was recorded a few months after Hurricane Katrina which wiped out Irma's worldly possessions but not her soul or remarkable talent as she has never sounded quite like this, deeply involved with each and every great song, Irma takes the listener on the musical trip of a lifetime and richly illuminates each great song with emotional richness that is stunning to experience over and over! Anyone loving a great singer at the peak of her incredible powers will want this mesmerizing collection that is essential must have Desert Island disc, finale of this remarkable set is make up of not one but three incredible performances that are the most stirring and deeply moving that have come along in years. "Soul Of A Man" is bluesy and deep, "Stone Survivor" a funky riveting rocker while Stevie Wonder's "Shelter In The Rain" is deeply soulful, featuring a magnificent stunning vocal beautifully surrounded by piano only, the effect is unforgettable making one wish for a complete "Stevie Wonder Songbook" from this peerless singer...plus ten additional stellar performances with each a richly rewarding listening experience! Bravo Irma and here is wishing you a much deserved "Grammy Award" for this musical treasure, truly a classic to be enjoyed over and over! 12/9 update; Congratulations Irma Thomas for your "Grammy Award" Nomination!!!
2/12 update; Congratulations, I knew you would win the "Grammy Award" for this Vocal Masterpiece collection of mesmerizing performances!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Tarr on May 16, 2006
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This is a bit different from Irma's past Rounder CD's, not quite as straightforward R&B. Variety of song genres and the instrumentation is also different from her previous albums. The one constant is her voice, which sounds as good as ever. I'm a long-time fan and enjoy this one very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert E. Lootens on May 26, 2007
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I wasn't familiar with this artist in any way shape or form a month ago (4-07). I heard "In the Middle of it All" by her on a Blues streaming channel on my computer one afternoon. I was absolutely entranced in every way. I immediately ordered the CD on Amazon and consider it one of the finest CDs I own by a female singer bar none. I own over 2500 CDs and had double that in vinyl a few years ago. Rest assured, this CD will find its' way into your heart and your ears as a top favorite in your music collection. Guaranteed.............. My only puzzlement is why I wasn't familiar with her before now, I arrogantly thought I knew who was who in mainstream music, obviously I have a whole lot left to learn (I love that because I will never hear enough music like this) Buy it, buy it, buy it.......
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dorie B on July 5, 2006
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Imagine driving through the country and coming upon a roadhouse. You walk in, the air is smoky, the clientele quiet, focused on the stage. The music--you have found a treasure. That's what listening to this CD is like. Her voice--rich, smoky, full of living. Highly recommended.
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By Frank Matheis on August 11, 2007
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Irma Thomas is undeniably one of the best blues singers of all time.
For those of us with a special place in our heart for her amazing singing since "It's Raining" and "I wish someone would care", here she is back, as strong as ever.
This album is delightful and the first song alone "In the middle of it all" is worth the price of the CD. Great band, wonderfully natural production.
A keeper.
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