- Audio CD (May 29, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Emd Int'l
- ASIN: B000F6ZFBS
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Blue All the Way
First time on CD for this album by '60s vocalist Tina Britt including bonus tracks. Tina Britt was famous for recording tracks by other great writers and musicians including 'God Bless The Child' (by Billie Holliday), 'Jonny I Love You' (by Booker T), 'My Lovers Prayer' (by Otis Redding) and 'Sookie Sookie (by Steve Cropper and Don Covay). EMI. 2006.
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Just for the record, that original LP had listing errors on both the back cover and the disc as When We Get On Cloud 9 (2:20), listed as side A3, was not actually on either side (it's here at track 3), Sookie, Sookie was shown as B3 but was actually at A4 (it's here at track 9), and B3 was really Doctor Feel Good (see track 20 here). So, in the event you're interested, this is the way the original LP (with the same cover as on this CD) was arranged: A1. Who Was That? (2:53); A2. God Bless The Child (4:07); A3. Johnny I Love You (2:55); A4. Sookie Sookie (2:45); A5. Hawg For You (3:24); A6. My Lover's Prayer (2:57); B1. Born On A Bayou (4:13); B2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (5:33); B3. Doctor Feel Good (2:20); B4. Bright Lights Big City (2:33); B5. Key To The Highway (2:40); B6. You Ain't Nothing But In The Way (3:53).
Her first and best hit single was not part of the Minit album as The Real Thing (4:32) was recorded at Eastern Records, but it is in this compilation at track 13 along with its B-side, Teardrops Fell (Every Step Of The Way) (3:23) at track 14. Her recording of The Real Thing for the tiny Eastern label (which only ever had 11 singles released) went up against stiff competition by Betty Everett on Vee-Jay 683 and The Chiffons on Laurie 3301, but whereas neither of those releases made any national charts, Tina's reached # 20 R&B and # 103 Billboard Pop Hot 100 Bubble Under in June 1965 on Eastern 604. However, her follow-up there on Eastern 605 failed to chart (Look (3:37) b/w You're Absolutely Right (5:42) - see tracks 15 and 16.
1968/69 found her at United Artists' Veep subsidiary where her first release, Who Was That? (track 1), just made the R&B Top 40 at # 39 in November 1968 b/w I Found A New Love (2:58) - see track 17 - on Veep 1280. Again, unfortunately, the follow-up Sookie, Sookie (2:45) b/w Key To The Highway (2:40) on Veep 1298 failed to chart early in 1969. The same fate befell her last known single, Hawg For You (3:24) b/w My Lover's Prayer (2:57) recorded in 1969 for Joe Banashak's New Orleans-based Minit Records (Minit 32082 - tracks 5 and 6).
Why she recorded so relatively little is as mysterious as are personal details about her life and what she did after leaving the business (if, indeed, she did quit music). But when you listen to her clear, vibrato enunciation in covering every one from Billie Holiday (God Bless The Child) to Jimmy Reed (Bright Lights - Big City) to Aretha Franklin (Doctor Feel Good), and even Creedence Clearwater Revival (Born On The Bayou), you will be convinced that she would have attained greater commercial success with proper promotion and more original material.
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