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Fontella Bass has touched generations of people all over the globe with her immortal classic Rescue Me. Released in 1965, it was not only a major hit but became an unofficial anthem of U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War; and since then it has been a staple of American music on radio and television, in films and sports arenas, and anywhere else that recorded music is heard. But Fontella Bass, ... Read more in Amazon's Fontella Bass Store

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spectrum Audio UK
  • ASIN: B000E6ETE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Our Day Will Come
2. How Glad I Am
3. Oh, No, Not My Baby
4. Rescue Me
5. Gee Whiz
6. I'm A Woman
7. Since I Fell For You
8. Impossible
9. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
10. Soul Of A Man
11. Come & Get These Memories
12. I Know
13. Recovery
14. Leave It In The Hands Of Love
15. I Surrender
16. I Can't Rest
17. Safe & Sound
18. You'll Never Know
19. Lucky In Love
20. Sweet Lovin' Daddy
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25 track compilation by this outstanding Soul diva, who channeled her Gospel roots into some of the finest R&B of the '60s. Features her signature song, 'Rescue Me', as well as 'Oh No, Not My Baby', 'Since I Fell For You', 'I'm A Woman', 'Our Day Will Come' and more. Universal. 2006.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on December 12, 2009
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"The Very Best of Fontella Bass" is a British Chess release, remastering 1965's "The New Look," the only album the artist made for the Chicago-based company during her almost three-year tenure there, from 1965-'68, which, of course, represents the period of her greatest success. For Bass is best known for 1965's "Rescue Me," a sophisticated mixture of Motown-influenced soul and impassioned gospel refrain, with a huge beat that powered it to the top of the United States R & B charts, and into the pop Top five; it also reached the number 11 spot in the United Kingdom. Mind you, "The New Look" was housed in an attention-grabbing sleeve - Bass is casually dressed, in boots, topped with a jaunty cap, cracking a whip. "Rescue Me," of course, is a great song, still frequently heard on radio, and used in television commercials, although, as Bass may, for better or worse, be classified as a "one hit wonder," not that many people know she sang it. I bow to no one in my respect of and admiration for Aretha Franklin, but most people today think the latter artist sang "Rescue Me;" then again, most people today think Franklin sang "Band of Gold," that other enduring hit by another one hit wonder, Freda Payne.

Several years ago, I saw Fontella Bass perform, at a fundraiser for a school in Greenwich Village, New York. You couldn't call her young, or slim, anymore, but she still had a powerful set of lungs, and delivered a spine-tingling version of her signature song, as well as some rollicking gospel. The current album gives us her signature tune, of course, with 24 additional tracks. I like her covers of several well-known songs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 26, 2009
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Fontella Bass ensured at least a footnote in the history of popular music with her classic international hit Rescue me. It was an American top five pop hit and number one R+B hit that just missed the British top ten. Fontella never before or since came close to emulating that success; the nearest she got was with Recovery, a top twenty American hit that made the British top thirty. Both of this hits are included here, of course, but what of the other 23 tracks? There isn't anything else here to match Rescue me, but there`s plenty of great music nevertheless..

The last three tracks here are duets with Bobby McClure, including the top five R+B hit Don't mess up a good thing. The preceding tracks include some original songs that I've never heard before, most notably The soul of a man. There are also several covers of pop and R+B songs including Oh no not my baby (originally recorded by Maxine Brown who had an international hit with it, but Manfred Mann had a huge British hit with it), Gee whiz (Carla Thomas), You've lost that loving feeling (Righteous brothers), Come and get these memories (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) and I know (Barbara George)..Between them, the hits, covers, duets and obscure originals demonstrate that Fontella was a hugely talented singer capable of singing a diverse range of material.

The music here was recorded between 1965 and 1968 for Checker, a subsidiary of Chess records. It seems that Fontella eventually became disillusioned with the mainstream music business, as so many talented singers do, but she recorded plenty of great music back then despite whatever misgivings she had about the material that she was required to record. Fontella continued her musical career in her own way, recording solo and with others on her own terms.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on December 29, 2012
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Great and with many songs not available on other Fontella Bass CD'S ! Particular favorites are Rescue Me, Recovery, I Surrender, and Safe And Sound. All with a great beat to dance to. Motown wasn't the only game in town in the 1960's. They did influence Fontella's producers though.Your ears can tell you that in a minute or two.
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