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  • Audio CD (January 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000HXFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Abbey Lincoln's follow-up to the well-received Verve release Who Used to Dance finds the singer stretching her sweet and sour vocals and exquisitely languorous phrasing over a set of (mostly) original material. Joined by the likes of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and marimba and Nicholas Payton on trumpet and flügelhorn, Wholly Earth is wholly Abbey Lincoln--romance buffered by heartbreak tragedy; idealism diffused by real-life pitfalls; striking beauty windblown by brief shadows and sad downpours. On the title cut she is swept away by joy while "Caged Bird" is a melancholy shuffle and "And It's Supposed to Be Love" is a romantic tearjerker. That Ms. Lincoln can express so many moods--some just by the mere sound of her voice--is testament to her tremendous talents. That a record like Wholly Earth is large enough to contain all she has to offer is testament to its remarkable success. --S. Duda

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Eckert (eckert@intellident.com) on July 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Abbey Lincoln's A Turtle's Dream was my introduction to her art, and I highly recommend it. But Wholly Earth is more honest, less cute, and artistically whole. To call 'And It's Supposed to Be Love' a romantic tear jerker (see Amazon's review) is way off. Listen (read if you must) the words, and you'll know what this is about. But it's not melodramatic, just up-front honest. 'Midnight Sun' is a beautiful arrangement, 'Another World' has it's own space and tempo that fits Abbey (who wrote it) just right. It fits beautifully with 'Another Time, Another Place' two cuts later. 'If I Only Had a Brain' is a lot of fun, but holds something deeper than we knew back in Oz. Abbey's 'Learning How to Listen' sums it all up. Abbey - thanks for helping me learn how to listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordi Falgàs (falgasroura@mx3.redestb.es) on July 29, 1999
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I had the great opportunity to see and listen to Abbey Lincoln and her group live, for the first time, at the Andorra International Jazz Festival in Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) last July 17, a concert where she sang most of the material on this new album. To listen to her live, performing these songs, will be an experience I will always remember, specially every time I listen the CD. I had never enjoyed so much her voice and her music until "Wholly Earth"; and the musicians on the record, in particular Bobby Hutcherson, Marc Cary and John Drummond-these two on the concert as well-have made an impeccable work, full of inspiration, delicacy and creativity. "If I only had a brain..."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LaShonda K. Barnett on August 13, 2000
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Abbey Lincoln has enjoyed a performative career which spans over four decades. It is both invigorating and inspiring to note that on "Wholly Earth," her seventh recording for the Verve label in nine years, Lincoln showcases some of her most philosophical songwriting and sublime phrasing. Listeners who are atuned to flowery, non-specific ditties about romance will be disappointed by this album. However, for a lyrical, visceral journey about life, audiences will be more than grateful for Lincoln's latest tour-de-force.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MP Grier on March 8, 2000
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Undoubtedly, Abbey Lincoln is one of the most intelligent, sophisticated singers out there. Everyone, it seems, has noted her way with lyrics -- a commitment to the defiance, wry humor, or lovelessness of the songs' emotional world that surely co-exists with her acting skills. Very few people read a lyric as well as Abbey.
On a purely musical level, Abbey's voice is an eccentric and unusual instrument. When matched with the right material, the results are sublime. However, unspectacular accompaniment, arrangements, or lyrics draw the listener's attention to Abbey's vocal shortcomings. Although Abbey does not commit some of the egregious lapses in intonation that mar volume two of her Billie Holiday tribute, "Wholly Earth" does not have the consistent excellence of some of her other albums. Two of those better albums are: "Abbey is Blue" (a 50s collaboration with Max Roach) and "When there is Love" (good songs sung well with sympathetic pianist Hank Jones as only accompaniment).
"Wholly Earth" is somewhere between one-half and two-thirds of a great album. Her original songs fare worst: "Conversation With a Baby" features her musings about the celestial origins of babies, but remains entirely earthbound because its descending melody, harmonic structure, and solos are uninventive. Yet, "And It's Supposed to Be Love" and the title track show that Abbey and the band can compensate for some unoriginality in lyric, melody, or harmony with a groove that highlights the musicians' unity of purpose. "Another Time, Another Place" and "If I Only Had a Brain" also deserve special mention as well-performed standards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Daughtry on February 12, 2004
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Buy this entire album for the track, Caged Bird. I guarantee that with each bird you see, whether free or caged, your thoughts will take flight and remember Ms. Lincoln's melodic phrasings.
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