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There has always been a piano at the heart of Irma Thomas's music, and she is accompanied here by twelve of the best pianists around, including Dr. John, Norah Jones, Randy Newman, and many more. The Grammyr-winning Soul Queen of New Orleans has never sounded better than in this all-acoustic setting. From the soul-searing passion of 'Cold Rain' to the bittersweet intimacy of 'This Bitter Earth,' Irma's enduring warmth and soulfulness prevail, never straying far from the blues. Included are many new songs (including one from Burt Bacharach and Steve Krikorian) and a previously unrecorded Doc Pomus-Dr. John composition.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B001APM458
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James Harrison on September 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Since the early 1960's Irma Thomas has been creating great music. Her early hit Time Is On My Side was covered by the Rolling Stones who were early admirers of her soulfull voice.

Her last CD won her a Grammy and I believe this is an even a better record.

As the liner notes explain, the concept behind this album is to bring Thomas together with a group of soulmate pianists. Whilst I am usually dissapointed in "with friends" type records this is not in that vein.

Guests take a back seat with some great instrumentation, mainly accoustic, and occasioanl or backing vocal only, Irma's wonderfull voice is allowed to shine.

Guest pianists include Henry Butler, Dr John, Jon Cleary,Norah Jones, Ellis Marsalis,John Medeski,Marcia Ball and Randy Newman. You will note a heavy New Orleans influence here and it is fantastic as is the production of Scott Billington.

There are 14 tracks including a previously unreleased Doc Pomus/Dr John track other writers are Norah Jones, Jon Cleary, Clyde Otis, Burt Bacharach, Allan Toussaint, John Fogerty and Randy Newman whose beautiful "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" closes the CD.
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A different direction for an Irma Thomas recording. All tracks are either her voice w/ a solo piano or in some cases, piano w/ bass & drums. The result is to truly focus on Irma's magnificent voice & her interaction w/ the various pianists. In most cases, the idea works wonderfully, although in a couple of instances, I'd have liked to hear some fuller accompaniment. The CD definitely makes me want to hear her live again, this time in a small club setting w/ just a pianist and/or trio behind her.
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This is the record that will make you listen to Irma Thomas with new ears. The formula -- Irma plus a succession of pianists in an all-acoustic setting -- sounds gimmicky, but it puts the spotlight on her singing and interpretive skills, and the lady bats these songs right out of the park. For me the standout is her haunting version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (with Newman himself on the keys) but there are plenty of other gems to explore.
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Irma Thomas cast a musical spotlight for me this summer when one of her tracks, "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh," from I Believe to My Soul floated at the top of my personal top ten and wouldn't come down. I needed to listen to more. How amazed I am at the sensational "Simply Grand"! The opening track penned by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame was on his CD Revival. Irma's gospel treatment is delightful. Dr. John joins her on piano on "If I Had Any Sense I'd Go Back Home" with Irma's bluey vocals. "Too Much Thinking" tries to put on a smile despite a life beset with constant challenges, "I'm never ready when my rent comes due, I just go hungry when my money's through, I keep quiet when the bill collector calls, Most times those things don't worry me at all." Nilsson recorded "Early in the Morning" on the classic record Nilsson Schmilsson. Irma's take on the track aches with a straightforward blues piano by Tom McDermott. Burt Bacharach's "What Can I Do" packs a large emotional wallop, "What can I do to make you happy? What can I do to make you love me again?" "Underground Stream" is one of my favorites with its upbeat lyric, "Sweet sweet water; Gifted sons & daughters, blessed like the flowers that drink from an underground stream." Norah Jones plays piano on Irma's recording of "Thinking About You" that Norah recorded on Not Too Late.Read more ›
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I like a lot of Irma's older material and am pretty familiar with her. However, I cannot love everything that she releases just because she's a legend. The piano playing is lovely, stunning and very intimate sounding. However, her voice falters in many songs; Thomas' voice tends to trail off, fall flat, break in areas and lack range. I do understand that the passing of time affects an artist's voice, and whether these changes are good or bad depend on the listener. The studio cannot hide these things and I catch it despite whatever mixes and dubs that may have been done.

Thomas' interpretative abilities are spotty and lacking in areas, with the notable exception of River is Waiting and Cold Rain. I'm not sure what recording effects and equipment was used on Overrated, but it's awful as the sound is shaky and becomes muffled at times; this makes Irma sound bad. Simply Grand sounds like piano bar music, rather than a concept studio album which is what I gather it is supposed to be. This might work well live no doubt, but it does not translate well in the studio. With this, I will say that Thomas and the piano players are talented, but this is one of the rare occasions when an album would sound better live than recorded in a studio.
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