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2010 album from the Pop diva, a traditional Memphis Blues album featuring guest appearances from Jonny Lang, B.B. King and others. After more than 20 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 25 million, Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album She's So Unusual, Cyndi won a Grammy award for Best New Artist and became the first female artist in history to have five Top 10 singles from a debut album. Along the way, she has continually won accolades as a singer, musician, actress, and writer.

1. I'm Just Your Fool (feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
2. Shattered Dreams (feat. Allen Toussaint)
3. Early in the Morning (feat. Allen Toussaint & B.B. King)
4. Romance in the Dark
5. How Blue Can You Get (feat. Jonny Lang)
6. Down Don t Bother Me (feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
7. Don't Cry No More
8. Rollin and Tumblin (feat. Kenny Brown and Ann Peebles)
9. Down So Low
10. Mother Earth (feat. Allen Toussaint)
11. Cross Roads (feat. Jonny Lang)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Cory T. Shaeffer on June 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's pretty amazing when you consider all of the major album releases and tours by todays hottest female pop stars (Lady Gaga, Madonna, Xtina, etc.) - how every one of them dabble in futuristic pop, and assisted songwriting from JR Rotem, Tricky Stewart, Red One and all the like.....

So what does Cyndi Lauper do? She goes and records a full-on blues album with help from B.B. King, Charlie Musslewhite, and Johnny Lang, among others. Sometimes the legacy of an artist is the art itself, and not the image, or the celebrity, or the drama, or the gossip. Cyndi Lauper has one of the best voices on the planet, and she is way past her due. One of the world's most tragically underrated artists may finally get it here.

From the opening moments of "Just Your Fool" it immediately becomes apparent that this is a heartfelt, gritty, and emotional album. And it is blues all the way. "Crossroads" is another standout, with the guitar work from Lang typically stellar. But this album does not rest strictly on the guest performances. "Down So Low" and "Romance in the Dark" are basically Cyndi's solo work, making the whole thing even more impressive.

But the thing that impresses me the most is the fact that this is still a Cyndi Lauper album. Her signature sound and vocal phrasing is still easily recognizable, as many of the songs are comparable to the standards on her 2003 mini-masterpiece, the covers album "At Last." As I said - it's the art that one leaves behind that determines their legacy. Some pop tarts go for shock value, and tabloid pics, and hire the latest hip-hop guru to create songs for them. Cyndi Lauper records with the legendary B.B. King.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on July 1, 2010
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It helps to be on TV. "Memphis Blues" comes shortly after Cyndi Lauper's participation on "Celebrity Apprentice" and benefits substantially, becoming her highest charting LP since 1986.

Why a blues album? Does she pull it off?

Lauper has always defied expectations. A comprehensive look at her career shows this is hardly her first left-field decision. Recording an authentic blues record had been one of her desires years, and it puts her versatility as a singer and musician to a new test.

Unlike most of her peers or disciples, when Lauper changes genre ordirection between albums the results are not contrived, detached or stilted - qualities that would stifle authentic blues chestnuts like the sultry "Romance In the Dark" or the rambunctious "Rollin' and Tumblin." Her artistic drive is clearly internal, not derived from swapping producers or "acting" the part of a genre. This makes the album work.

It also helps to have friends. Bluesmen Charlie Musselwhite and Alan Toussaint back Lauper on several tracks, while B.B. King sings and plays on "Early in the Mornin'," a definite highlight exemplary of the album.

Jonny Lang guests on "Crossroads" and B.B. King's "How Blue Can You Get?" The mix of his and Lauper's vocals often feels uncomfortably forced during the quieter moments of the songs, as though recorded separately, although the result is still listenable. "Just Your Fool" feels oddly scattered for an opening track and lead single choice.

"Down Don't Bother Me" is a rousing declaration of inner strength where both Lauper's love of and proficiency for the blues shine remarkably, supported perfectly by Musselwhite's pitch-perfect blues-harp playing. "Down So Low" is just as impressive with its timeless, unshakeable melody and theme.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By The Halloween Man on June 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Cyndi Lauper was one of those artists in the 80's that I didn't really care for. Her style of dress was outlandish and her musical material was bubble gum at best. But I have learned that it is those strange artists that can surprise you. As in this new release from Cyndi Lauper. Memphis Blues has heart and soul, and is every bit of the blues as the blues should be. The vocals are amazingly mature and full of passion for the music.. And the music is certainly the kind that one would hear in a an old blues club filled with the blue smog of too many smokers bad habits. Memphis Blues is top notch and shows what an artist can do when they decide to mature and explore new horizons. Earlier today I wrote reviews for two rock legends cd's, (Ozzy Osbourne and Vince Neil.) Both of those albums were uneventful throwbacks to a time in musics past. Then along comes someone like Cyndi Lauper and blows them both out of the water with passion and style... Kudos Cyndi.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Borisovich on June 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In this age of talentless schlock put out by numerous "pop stars", it is refreshing to get an album recorded by real musicians. No auto-tune here.

I have never been a huge fan of Cyndi Lauper - I always respected her for being true to her style, and enjoyed seeing her on "Celebrity Apprentice", but this new album is really something unexpected. It has a great "true blue" sound that would resonate throughout times, going both forward and back. I keep thinking that, if not for the superb digital quality, this album could have been produced 40 or 50 years ago, it just has that timeless quality to it.
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Cyndi Lauper's 'Memphis Blues'
Lauper's voice, her vocal and emotional range are all well suited to Blues music. I expect this will be met with even better critical response than At Last. Given her high media profile lately - and the fact that At Last was her best-selling CD since her greatest hits in the early 90's, Memphis... Read More
Jun 4, 2010 by Brian Brooks |  See all 8 posts
Cyndi Lauper interview about Memphis Blues!!!
I was happy to discover that the new Cyndi Lauper CD, Memphis BLues includes the 1941 Lil Green classic, "Romance In The Dark." This was the motivation I finally needed to spur me on to track down the original recording.
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Jul 15, 2010 by R. M. Desjardins |  See all 3 posts
Got mine today BUT I only have 11 of the 12 tracks listed!
I think that's an error on Amazon's part. That is a bonus track, but I believe it's only available if you download the album through iTunes. Not sure if Amazon's download will provide it.
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