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Country Side of Esther / Set Me Free

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Yes, she notched 19 R&B hits, but Esther Phillips could do it all-as you'll hear on this excellent 2-CD set featuring her two 1966 Atlantic LPs. She reveals her country side with her #1 smash version of Release Me plus I Can't Help It; Am I That Easy to Forget , and more. Then she sets you free with stirring renditions of Fever; Hello Walls ; her hit Percy Sledge takeoff When a Woman Loves a Man , and more. 36 tracks!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Really Don't Want To Know
  2. Just Out Of Reach
  3. I Can't Help It
  4. Be Honest With Me
  5. I've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know About Him
  6. Release Me
  7. I'd Fight The World
  8. Am I That Easy To Forget
  9. After Loving You
  10. No Headstone On My Grave
  11. Why Should We Try Anymore

Disc: 2

  1. Mojo Hanna
  2. I Saw Me
  3. Double Crossing Blues
  4. Hello Walls
  5. Some Things You Never Get Used To
  6. Let Me Know When It's Over
  7. Ups And Downs
  8. Catch Me I'm Fallin'
  9. I'm In Love
  10. Brand New Day
  11. Just Like A Fish
  12. Tomorrow Night
  13. Some Cats Know
  14. Cheater Man
  15. When A Woman Loves A Man
  16. Fever
  17. When Love Comes To The Human Race
  18. Try Me
  19. I'm Sorry
  20. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
  21. Set Me Free
  22. All God Has Is Us
  23. He Knows
  24. Woman Will Do No Wrong
  25. Crazy Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1966
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00005M0AZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To my knowledge, this is the first US cd issue of the "Country Side of Esther Phillips". "Set Me Free" was previously issued by Atlantic, though they omitted one track which is now restored on this issue. Though Esther did have a few hits, she certainly deserved a higher level of commercial success than she received. As the liner notes indicate, she was likened to Dinah Washington in her day, but in retrospect it is obvious that Esther was one of a kind. Her delivery is always very soulful. Her tone is quite different than Aretha's, but the passion is similar. Curiously the running order of the "Set Me Free" album is different than Atlantic's earlier reissue; I don't know which matches the original album, or if either actually does. More curious is the packaging which states "2 albums on 1 cd". This is a 2-cd set. The first album is only about a half-hour long but the latter is nearly 74 minutes long. The two albums are on two separate discs.
Remastering was done well, certainly an improvement over the previous "Set Me Free".
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Dear Esther Phillips,I really have a soft spot for her.The best part of excellent "Rhino" compilation "The best of Esther Phillips 1962-1970" were four songs taken from her long unavailable country LP,finally here in a full glory.Because great Dinah Washington died before she ever recorded country album herself,this would be the closest we will ever come to imagine what would Dinah sound with this kind of repertoire.Just like Ray Charles before her,Phillips had a great feeling for country music and the combination of soul/R&B vocal style touch in a very straightforward country material was a brilliant idea (many years later done again on "Rythm,Country and Blues" album with Patty Labelle and Natalie Cole between other stars participating in duets with country singers).Esther Phillips country album is absolutely first-class,must-have CD but unfortunately second CD here was just another "Atlantic" mix of desperate search of hit single - curse of Phillips versatility.(Almost like young Aretha's "Coumbia" days) Its nice to have both LP's but for me the whole reason of buying this CD is Esther Phillips excellent country album finally available on CD format.
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Never heard of Esther Phillips until I saw her name in a newspaper article. Checked her out on Amazon, bought this 2-CD album and can barely bring myself to play any of my other favorite CD's. She has an "Eartha Kitt" sound at first, until you hear her out and, wham, she's country, she's soul and she's
blues. If you want something to stir your bones, hear her out!
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Although her voice is not what one might consider as aesthetically pleasing and melodic in the traditional sense, there is something about it which is truly impressive. The straight-forward honesty in her delivery makes these songs both very easy to identify with and wonderful to listen to.
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if you are an esther philips fan then this double cd is for you! i had the country side of esther philips on record, it was worn out and then hearing those tunes on this cd was awesome! i just want to say thanks for finding this set!
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