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Joan Armatrading

Joan ArmatradingAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Joan Armatrading,This Charming Life


Three times Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, JOAN ARMATRADING has come a long way since her birth in the West Indies and her upbringing in Birmingham. With 19 stunning albums to her credit and a new album, THIS CHARMING LIFE, due for release on March 30,, 2010, Joan’s subtle and sublime music has touched millions of people all over the world.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana a&M
  • ASIN: B000002GBH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There weren't many female singer-songwriters on the radio (and especially the charts) in the 1970s--you could count them pretty much on two hands. That said, it's only mildly surprising that this LP made it about halfway up the U.S. charts (and did much better in the U.K.). The songs are so well written, the style so warm and appealing that radio just had a hard time ignoring them. "Down to Zero," "Love and Affection," and "Help Yourself" are witty, smart observations of human relations, showcasing Armatrading's sure vocal style and adventurous folk-pop sensibilities. Like Roberta Flack's "The First Time," Armatrading's "Somebody Who Loves You" is a deeply-felt and moving love song, and "Save Me" is a painful and private moment the listener almost feels guilty for overhearing. This is a milestone album in Armatrading's oeuvre. --Lorry Fleming

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sound That Was Ahead Of Its Time June 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for one of the wierdest reasons ever. It's listed on's Essential of the Year List for 1976, that was the year I was born, so I decided what the heck and bought this CD not knowing anything about it, boy am I glad. This CD is great. The sounds are awesome, and Joan Armatrading is a very skilled songwriter/musician. So many songs on here are phenomenal like "Water With The Wine" which tells such a heartfelt story. "Tall In The Saddle" which is inspirational at times for me. "Down to Zero" and of course "Love and Affection" are also great songs. It's easy to see where people like Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, and so many of today's top female artists could have been influenced by this music. I feel that Joan has a stronger emotional attachment to her songs than any of these others do nowadays. A great CD and a great find.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Sensual December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I was living in the great city of Portland, Oregon and one day I heard "Love and Affection" on the radio. It only took one time and I was off to the record store. I remember well the first time I listened to the entire album... It was a unique experience. I knew that I had made a new discovery. Joan Armatrading is an incredible singer/songwriter/musician. I've loved many of her works since and have nearly her entire catalog but none will ever match this effort. To this day...I don't think I will ever hear a song that expresses what it should always be like to find someone new and discover whether or not they are that one and only special someone that we all are looking for like "Love and Affection" does. But, it's not the only one worth mention.... "Water With The Wine", "Down to Zero" and "Save Me" are also among the many great cuts here. A must for any record collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whew!! September 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Whatever happened to Joan Armatrading? She simply dropped off the face of the planet sometime in the 1980s and it is our loss. This debut album shook England during my teens. I remember trying to learn the lead solo in Tall in the Saddle, slow-dancing with an early girl friend to Love and Affection (wait until you hear the saxophone solo)
This music is full of memories for me and still has great power to move so many years later. Ms Armatrading is a wonderful songwriter and a fabulous guitarist. If enough of us buy her back catalogue maybe she'll come out of retirement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...again January 14, 2000
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I've been slowly replacing my album collection, and after ordering Ms. Armatrading's CD, I can only ask myself, "Why haven't I replaced them in alphabetical order?" One of the jewels of my music collection, and HIGHLY recommended. An absolute must for a broken heart. It had been too long since I heard her sing, "I'm a moth with no flame to inspire me." Oh yeah.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alluring,Warm And Full Of Life October 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is by no means Joan's first album but it seems it's a favorite of many and alot of fans.I only have two of her recordings (the other being a cassette tape of her 1983 'The Key' album that I also enjoy alot).This is considered her best 70's album and I can certainly see why.Basically what Ms.Armadrading does is combine her singer-songwriter styled acoustic music with electric instruments and bringing in other styles of music such as blues,R&B,jazz and a lite funky groove into the mix.

The key to the music is quiet electism as she weaves in her questioning tales of love,commitment and confusions over the same,all delivered in that wonderful deep,husky voice she has.'Joan Armatrading' works as an intimate album lengh set piece-it's very cohesive and includes slower and faster songs.Of the more mellow tunes "Help Yourself" is my favorite is is definately a reflection on her independant streak."Join The Boys" is a fun uptempo piece with a mildly funk groove and a bluesy melody."Love And Affection" is the best known song here and it's a great one to be known for.

All and all this is one classic album (albeit with some apparent cult status) that I thouroughly enjoy and I will highly recommend to others.Critics standards for classic albums are usually highly subjective all around and doesn't agree with everyones tastes (in my case the status of waaaaayyy overrated Nirvana album 'Nevermind' comes to mind) but this truely deserves any praise given to it!Great to listen to deeply,put on to relax or in a few cases to sway your head to!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Top 5 All-Time Favorites February 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Where to begin? Every single song on this album KILLS me. Some (Water with the Wine, Join the Boys) get me out of my chair and make me dance and sing along. Some (Down to Zero, Love and Affection) start me reaching for the nearest bottle of red wine. Some (Save Me) make me want to just climb into bed, pull the covers up around me and cry out loud. The best of the best, though, is Somebody Who Loves You... God! Is there anyone anywhere who can't identify with the song's statement: "You've got somebody who loves you and I want to see you fan the fire... Mistaken shyness can be costly; too hasty a goodbye and then you've lost me." Wow. Just trust me... Buy this album. It'll be your favorite for the NEXT thirty years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive album from a true original June 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Armatrading's self-titled 1976 masterpiece represents the best musical performance of her career to date. Sultry, introspective lyrics (try "I am not in love/But I'm open to persuasion..." from "Love and Affection," her best known song) combine with exquisite guitar work and a powerfully unique voice to make this a special recording. "Down to Zero," "Love and Affection," "Join the Boys," and "Tall in the Saddle" are my favorites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic artist. Beautiful music.
Outstanding album by Joan Armatrading. EVERY song is good. I first heard this way back in 1983. Brings back many memmories. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dano Maxwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Buying through Amazon
I am 79 and do not use amazon frequently. II couldn't understand why the price was in $ . I was very upset to find out the price in £ sterling was so expensive. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eileen Toon
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Delight
If only for the song, Love & Affection, I would buy this album! But she's all that and more. This is a must have in your collection. British Soul from one of the greats.
Published 5 months ago by Karl J. Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album
This is excellent music.It is very well crafted album done in a very unique songwriting style.This album is certainly a gem.I LOVE IT
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
5.0 out of 5 stars The most original, fascinating, moving and brilliant singer-songwriter...
This album is one of the greatest singer-songwriter albums ever produced, and is packed with Joan Armatrading's highly original songs, which are expressive, interesting and moving... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tough Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great album after more than 30 years.
I still have the ancient vinyl LP for this but wanted the CD. I love Armatrading's range and variety. Read more
Published 12 months ago by fiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best!
By far and away Joan's best album. From the opening song you are brought into Joan's view of life, love and relationships. Her playing is superb as his her voice.
Published 14 months ago by Lorne Chilibeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Wonderful After All These Years
A blast from my past. Still as fresh today as it was in the 70's. Her music is timeless, her voice ethereal.
Published 16 months ago by clr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Armourplating still works on this one
There was time when this album was better than cough syrup. The shiver down the spine of Ms Armatrading's sublime voice, bitter sweet lyrics, it was the cats bollocks and the dogs... Read more
Published 18 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic
I got this in vinyl when it was first produced. Joan Armatrading is a timeless classic. I promise if you buy this you will like it.
Published on October 15, 2012 by jack goldman
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