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Time is on My Side Import

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Twenty-three sides representing the cream of Irma Thomas's brilliant Minit/Liberty years (1961-1966), when her reputation as "The Soul Queen of New Orleans" was built. Virtually all her best-known tunes are here -- "Wish Someone Would Care," "Ruler of My Heart," "It's Raining," and "Time Is on My Side" (covered note-for-note by The Stones). Beautiful singing from one of the first ladies of soul music. Essential. ~ Christine Ohlman, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Take A Look
  2. Time Is On My Side
  3. Baby Don't Look Down
  4. Times Have Changed
  5. I Done Got Over It
  6. It's Raining
  7. Somebody Told You
  8. Wait, Wait, Wait
  9. Break-A-Way
  10. I Haven't Got Time To Cry
  11. Some Things You Never Get Used To
  12. Look Up (When Ever)
  13. Ruler Of My Heart
  14. I Need Your Love So Bad
  15. Wish Someone Would Care
  16. (I Want A) True, True Love
  17. I Did My Part
  18. You Don't Miss A Good Thing (Until It's Gone)
  19. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)
  20. Straight From The Heart
  21. Gone
  22. Two Winters Long
  23. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  24. It's A Man's-Woman's World Parts 1 & 2


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ace
  • ASIN: B0000013B0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Sasha VINE VOICE on October 31, 2001
Early 1960's were most commercially visible times for then-young Irma Thomas whose voice I found irresistible,but as this compilation shows,she actually just got better and better though the years.From the start Thomas had a certain earthiness about her and while other,better-selling names used vocal histrionics as their trade-marks,Thomas sound like real person who cries and cracks jokes.Her original "Time Is On My Side" sounds so much better than later-covered "Rolling Stones" hit and there are many gems here to be found,but her early singles were just embrio of future Thomas: check "Look Up" on which Allen Toussaint ferocious piano in background actually eclipses the singer.As good as this compilation of her early music is,Irma Thomas singing showed much more depth throught the next 30 years and while she never got close to succes of "Breakaway" (1963.),her recent albums are real Irma Thomas at her artistic peak.Woman frozen in time on this CD was a young,fresh-voiced talented singer who had big hits back then but her voice sounds much much better today - and no hits anymore.
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Irma Thomas, known in Louisiana as "the Soul Queen of New Orleans", has been one of my favorite singers for years. I have never introduced her music to anyone who didn't pronounce her a genius on the spot. Her voice is powerful and expressive, even more so in her later years. Yes, Irma's still around, thank you, and she continues to record prolifically, even though her career started over 45 years ago. Over the years, I have introduced her records to several R & B aficionados who never heard of her, and they are almost always amazed at how good she is and puzzled at how she's managed to escape their attention.

Her early Minit records have never been put into a "definitive" collection; as a result, there are many anthologies available on many different labels. I have at least three, and bought them all for the one or two tracks on each that the others failed to include. But this particular album is my favorite of her CD anthologies, since it contains the highest concentration of her very best songs. There are 22 tracks on this CD and not a clunker in the bunch.

It's difficult to fathom why she is not a household name (like my other favorite singer, Tracy Nelson - Tracy so loves Irma's early records that her own releases, 22 albums strong, have contained numerous covers of Irma's early material). Then again, I am long of the opinion that a lack of national popularity in a musical artist is frequently a sign of true genius, superior artistic integrity, or both. Considering some of the mediocre non-talents that have made it to superstardom, while others with real voices languish in obscurity - well, you know what I mean.

This particular collection includes many of Irma's early hits.
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This is absolutely the first Irma Thomas collection I'd buy...I agree with the reviewer who says it has the highest concentration of great early songs.

The Razor and Tie "Soul Queen of New Orleans" set is very good, too (mastered very well by Steve Hoffman), and catches three greats this one misses ("Cry On," "Long After The Night Is All Over" and "Hittin' On Nothin'"), as well as some strange obscurities and historically interesting misfires unavailable elsewhere. (Irma attempting Motown??? etc)

BUT....this Kent collection has a superior mix of "Break-A-Way"...and a VERY mysterious and superior alternate version of "It's a Man's Woman's World." No matter what the notes claim, this is NOT Pts 1 & 2 of the single, but a different edit that contains a far more feminist and funny monologue than the single. (The actual side 1 of the single is on the Razor and Tie collection.)

This collection also contains the following super-essential songs missing from the Razor and Tie: "Baby Don't Look Down", "Wait Wait Wait", "Somebody Told You" "I Haven't Got Time To Cry", "Some Things You Never Get Used To", "Look Up (When Ever)", "(I Want a) True True Love", "Two Winters Long", "Gone",....and two or three others I don't care about so much. But...that's ELEVEN songs not on the Razor and Tie that you really, really need to hear.

I'd probably follow up these two collections with something containing the remainder of the 16 Allen Toussaint-produced Minit sides, though most of them are on one or the other of these collections. Unfortunately, the CD I have of those complete sides, "Ruler of Hearts", has incredibly bad sound. I'd hope that one of the other more recent collections has improved on it.

But again, start here.
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"Time Is On My Side" is a great collection of the early work of Irma Thomas. "It's Raining" is one of my favorite melodies. It jumped out at me on Lou Ann Barton's breakout album Old Enough. Irma's version milks the loneliness of a girl missing her guy, "It's raining so hard, it brings back memories, of when you were here with me." Thomas' take on Jackie DeShannon's "Break-a-way" bounces out of the speakers with force on that bubbly chorus. The track zoomed to #2 in my personal top ten several years ago when it first came to my attention onBreak-A-Way: The Songs Of Jackie Deshannon 1961-1967. Irma's voice amazes with its range and intensity such as on the pop nugget "Some Things You Never Get Used To." "Ruler Of My Heart" is such a stunning melody that Irma nails, "When you're gone, the going gets rough; Come back, come back, I've had enough." Irma's self-penned "Wish Someone Would Care" is an emotional storm that Thomas nails. "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" stuns with a slow methodical beat and the staccato background vocals on "anyone." Great stuff! "Two Winters Long" with its pop-rock-tango beat charms me, "Blew away the memories of you. Since you left, I got me somebody else." "Time Is On My Side" takes us into the gold standard of powerful R&B from the exquisite musical voice of Irma Thomas. Enjoy!
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