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Original Soul

4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Following 2002's Red Shoe Rebel, her second CD, Original Soul, is just under 50 minutes. On it, Potter displays many different styles, including ; blues, jazz, soul and funk

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. At Your Request
  2. Go Down Low
  3. Crazy Parade
  4. I Chose You
  5. Deliverance Road
  6. Gumbo Moon
  7. Hidden Superstition
  8. Moonbeams
  9. No Good, Mean Old, Lowdown Lover Man
  10. Somebody Fix Me
  11. Driving Blind
  12. Bull In A China Shop
  13. Kissing In A Tree


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indie911
  • ASIN: B000V9KDPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I first discovered Grace Potter and her band the Nocturnals 2 years ago when they were opening up for Gov't Mule in Philadelphia PA. I remember thinking "what a name for a band". While I was not completely blown away, I was impressed with the band as a whole and Grace Potters voice and keyboard skills in particular. When she came up to sing "Take Me To The River" with Gov't Mule I realized what a seasoned performer she really is.
A later headlining show cemented their growing presence in my CD collection.

This is the third disc I have purchased by Grace Potter. Ironically I purchased them in reverse order of release. Which is ok and a cool way to discover a band. This CD features the drummer and guitarist from the Nocturnals with a different bass player, a guest keyboardist on organ and 2 different female backing vocalists. Grace Potter handles piano, Fender Rhoads and lead vocals. She had not branched out into the guitar yet, and the now signature Hammond B3 stylings are handled by another, but she clearly had her musical identity in place. While the album features the blues and jazz influence the Nocturnals have used as a solid foundation, the more overt rock and pop influences have not crept into the bands sound here.

This album is a keeper and well worth the price. The tunes are all solid, with a few I would like to hear the Nocturnals include in their live setlist. It also gives a look into Grace Potters early efforts and allows one to better see the evolution of her and her band. Very Cool.
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Friend, if you are the slightlest Grace Potter fan, this will blow you away. Fabulous supporting musicians and vocals. I love the brilliantly written lyrics and music is so full of cool hooks. And Grace has the B3 WAILING on this record. Yes friend, more B3 than the later 2 albums. Really sweet songs, love them all. My favorite(wearing out my track select button)is "Crazy Parade". The price on this CD seems to be volatile with demand so just buy it even if it seems pricey. The radio stations have not yet discovered this treasure trove of fabulous music so play it loud and often
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Grace Potter is one of those artists I found quite by accident while surfing Amazon for something new. Like another reviewer here, I also bought all three Grace Potter and the Nocturnals CDs in reverse order and found that each one got better. Although that's really not fair as I haven't spent enough time to fairly judge the latest two as I got completely hooked on the CD Nothing But The Water.

Looking for more Grace Potter I then found this CD, Original Soul. The Nocturnals name is not attached but both Scott Tournet-guitar and Matt Burr-drums are here as on all four Grace Potter CDs.

All I can say is "BUY THIS CD". It's pricey, probably due to demand and a limited printing, but it's well worth whatever you end up paying. I haven't taken it out of my player since opening it days ago. It's an amazing mix of Blues, Soul, Gospel and good old Rock & Roll. Seems to be more of the B-3 on this CD (although Nothing But The Water has it's share) which I really like, but this one also has more background vocals which give it a fuller sound.

This is a lot like the music I grew up with in the early 70's but more timeless. I really think this is one of those CDs that I'll still be listening to years from now. Not a single bad song in the 13 track bunch.

Grace Potter has a powerful voice that can go from smooth and beautiful to raw, raspy and full of soul. She draws a lot of comparisons to Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt, which is impressive company, but she's a true original. She also plays a mean piano and B-3, and the combination is outstanding. Look no further, this is the real deal.
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After hearing bits & pieces of songs on our local public radio station, we happened on her public television special. Soon after, we saw her & the Nocturals live and that was it. Original Soul is the third Grace CD we purchased. The whole CD flows very well and it was interesting to hear Grace with back-up singers. Her songwriting ability is unbelievable; such maturity for someone so young. This is definitely worth owning. Can't wait for the new CD in June!
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I highly recommend this album. This cd came out almost 10 years ago. Grace was truly singing the blues. I like this music more than the newer stuff with the Nocturnals. More raw, heartfelt, and genuine. She has a lot of talent and I'm glad she finally got the attention she deserved. I suppose the cd is now out-of-print. But, you can actually sample the songs all the way through (& download the mp3s) directly from her website gracepotter.com Just tab to Original Soul and have at it. It's a shame these scalpers are trying to rip people for hundreds of dollars to purchase this.
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All diehard Grace Potter fans need this album. While it's not something that I listen to much from day to day because it's not as engaging as her later stuff, it's so great to hear her music from years ago. That said, "Deliverance Road" is one of my favorite songs of hers, even now.
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For all the Vermonters out there, I recently checked-out this album from the Jericho-Underhill library. I say that because I doubt any level of fan wants to buy this for the outrageous going used price of 200+. That's right people, don't forget your local libraries.

Musically I enjoyed Original Soul. It's far from the rock n roll of the self-titled album. A lot more...soul. Grace already sings very well, and she gives the organ plenty of attention (sorry, had to). There was no doubt growth from album to album, but this is still very worthy of a listen, especially if you like the softer side of our favorite Vermont girl.
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