The Bitch Is Black Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Limited Edition, October 22, 2013
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This is one of my top two favourite Motown albums from the `70's and I'm thrilled that it's now been recognised for the classic that it is. There is a 20 page booklet filled with fascinating stories about Yvonne's life courtesy of her daughter & ex-husband and many lovely photographs. The music is timeless earth shaking soul delivered in Yvonne's own inimitable style. She weaves her magic spell covering songs like `Tell Me Something Good', `Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On' with an non-credited Marvin Gaye & `Let Your Hair Down' making them sound like they were written just for her. No one could ignore Yvonne's plea to `Stay A Little Longer'. I love all 10 tracks but if I had to pick just one it would have be the gut wrenching `It's Bad For Me To See You' which never fails to reduce me to tears as it's a song with which I can personally identify.
`The Bitch Is Black' has been a part of my life since Yvonne's definitive version of `It Should Have Been Me' started its journey up the UK charts in '76 where it peaked at #5. As a result of that hit I bought the album and fell in love with Yvonne's voice and longed for her to release a follow up which sadly never happened. However `The Bitch Is Black' has become her enduring legacy and now with this release on Reel Music I'm sure that Yvonne will gain many more fans.
My grateful thanks to Paul Williams and all those associated with this release.
With this release the album "The Bitch Is Black" steps into the digital age for the first time and it's about time! Yvonne's a fantastic singer and she squeezes the most out of every song on this album, including the definitive rendition of "It Should Have Been Me". In most cases, I prefer my soul to be from the 1960's, but Yvonne's voice begs me to differ.
If you're not convinced already, the songs on the album have been remastered and have never sounded better. A 20-page booklet accompanies the CD, containing some good photos and great stories of Yvonne's life, including her touring with James Brown during the 1960's and her years at Motown. I thought I knew Yvonne, but I learned alot from this booklet.
The only thing that I can complain about is the lack of unissued material. Nevertheless, this release offers a great opportunity to hear the sounds, watch the images and learn the stories of one of the best and truly most underappreciated soul singers from the 1960/1970's.
discovering motown, I have to let you know that this
cd is a must have. this is a real sample of old school
r&b at it's best. Norman Whitefild, who around that time
recieved grammys or nominations for the Temptation's
'papa was a rolling stone' and 'cloud nine' was on a roll.
Yvonne is an r&b Diva. The theatrics and excitment on
every cut is spectacular! Patti and Aretha, I like,
but I think they did alot of sceaming, where as Yvonne
Belts and pleads the lyrics. You really beleive that
she has lived the pain that she so forcfully sings about.
i got to tell you that i am not the greatest motown fan,(more southern soul/deep soul etc.)
i do got many motown cd's, but they all sound to well done and a bit ,
marvin gaye is great,temptations ,etc.
but this album shoots out the roof!
i did own the original album (my sister also|) and almost went crazy that this album not have been reissued!
even the title is not so motown ish.
funky music sho nuf turns me on is the best version ever .and listen to the back ground that is marvin gaye!
this is a must to all soul/funk fans,don't matter if you love souther soul,motown,nothern soul,rare,..............
thank you and have a funky good time!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a terrific CD. I bought it after hearing the song "It Should Have Been Me" on the tv series Vicar of Dibley. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sally Richardson
If YOU LOVE Those DAYS When MOTOWN RECORDS Was Located In DETROIT; Then YOU Need To CHECK This SISTER OUT and Hear Her Along With The DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA or The MOTOWN... Read morePublished 22 months ago by motown
I had the album and was waiting for a satisfactory CD of Yvonne Fair and this one is even better then the album.Published on March 7, 2014 by Martini Vittorio
I often recalled this album and in particular the song "It Should Have Been Me" with fond memory. I had the LP but alas no turntable anymore so I was extremely pleased to find the... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by 70's Tragic
Great to finally have this on cd, only had the vinyl for many years, the cover insert had so much information about Yvonne Fair that i did not know so was great to read it, the... Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by winna