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  • Audio CD (February 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: House of Blues
  • ASIN: B000003QYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brand New Me
2. Right To The End
3. Madame George
4. Piece Of My Heart
5. Baby, Work Out
6. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
7. A Case Of You
8. Big Leg Blues
9. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
10. Share Your Love With Me
11. Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'
12. Never, Never Land

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[Phoebe Snow] is launching a comeback with this album of chestnuts by songwriters [such as] Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison. Besides rocking R & B arrangements ... Snow also enlists as a duet partner on two tracks another disappearado, ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald.... -- People

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Track Listing 1. Brand New Me 2. Right to the End - (featuring Michael McDonald) 3. Madame George 4. Piece of My Heart 5. Baby Workout 6. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu 7. A Case of You 8. Big Leg Blues 9. It Takes a Train to Cry - (featuring Michael McDonald) It Takes a Lot to Laugh 10. Share Your Love with Me 11. I Just Can't Keep from Crying Lord 12. Never Never Land Details Playing Time: 49 min. Contributing Artists: Michael McDonald, Al Kooper, Jimmy Vivino Album Notes Personnel: Phoebe Snow (vocals, guitar); Michael McDonald (vocals, Wurlitzer piano); Clucky The Chicken (vocals); Steve Burgh (guitar, mandolin); Jimmy Vivino (guitar, background vocals); Larry Packer (fiddle); Scott Healy (accordion, piano, Wurlitzer piano); Al Kooper, Reese B. Wynans (Hammond B-3 organ); Glenn Worf, Michael Merritt (bass); Louie Appel, John Gardner (drums); Scott Frankfurt (percussion, loops); Cyro Babtista (percussion); Joel Moss (background vocals). It took a lot of confidence to cover songs associated with such vocal powerhouses as Van Morrison ("Madame George"), Janis Joplin ("Piece of My Heart"), and Mary Martin ("Never Never Land") among others. Of course, Snow's own voice was so distinctive that she had no trouble making such material her own. In truth, the challenge with Snow is not so much finding songs as excluding them; it's hard to think of a song to which she couldn't bring a new and valuable interpretation. Her "Piece of My Heart" is just as impassioned as Joplin's, but comes from a different universe of feeling. She fully understands Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (one of two duets with Michael McDonald) and suggests a few other meanings. Her "Baby, Work Out" is just as joyous as Jackie Wilson's, with some added emotions as well. Her "A Case of You" is just a vulnerable as Joni Mitchell's, and somewhat more knowing.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Osborn on May 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I was real impressed with this album. Phoebe snow has always had a remarkable voice, but usually had a very uneven choice of songs. In this album, Phoebe goes in for some classics from the late 1960's and early 1970's. To my mind, the ploy works. I recall listening to "Piece of My Heart", knowing I knew the song, but being unable to place it. When it finally hit me that it was a remake of an old Janis Joplin song it floored me, much as Snow's rendition of "If I Only had a Brain/a Heart/the Nerve" from the Wizard of Oz a few years ago had. When she applies her skills to a song, she makes you hear it anew. and these are songs that benefit from the treatment. Her version of Van Morrison's "Madame George" from his seminal Astral Weeks album bring the words into focus, and enliven the vivid reminiscences Morrison embedded within the song.
She similarly enlivens both Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and the old Blind Willie Johnson Blues "Lord, I Can't Keep from Crying" with fresh, sturdy interpretations that allow the listener to appreciate the songs anew.
Give it a try.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terri on October 30, 1999
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This is one of the best CD's I have heard from cover to cover. Everyone needs to give this an ear. Sister Phoebe has got some soul!!!! Give us more!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By linda M on December 16, 2008
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another wonderful cd from Phoebe Snow. I can't say enough good about the duet with Michael McDonald. their voices blend so well together. Give us more Phoebe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1999
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This is Phoebe at her best. I reccomend it highly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
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Her singing of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" is so moving that I would buy the CD for that song alone!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G Hanes on April 11, 1999
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I wished this CD were all Blues but it is great anyway. Baby Work Out has you workin' out & Rockin' Pneumonia is the best. This CD can make the hair stand up on the back of your head if ya know what I mean. I play it all the time on Blue Wave Radio KECG 88.1 / 97.7 Sat 7 to 9 am & Single's Cafe Sun 5 to 6 pm in the East Bay CA. G Hanes Where It's Red Hot & Resophonic Blue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1999
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This is Phoebe at her best. I reccomend it highly
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By J. Walker on September 12, 2013
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July 1, 1974, Phoebe Snow released "Phoebe Snow", one of the top ten best albums ever made. To say that "I Can't Complain" can't compare with that first one is to state the obvious. After giving the music world that first album Phoebe Snow's dues were paid in full. Forever! She is missed already. I won't say "I Can't Complain" is bad, it is just not what I am interested in listening to. If you don't have "Phoebe Snow", 7/1/1974, just stop what ever you are doing and go get it. If you do have it and are looking for more try "Second Childhood". If you have all her albums except "I Can't Complain" then, what the heck, give it a try.
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