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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.Read more ›
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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Irma Thomas is amazing and her music has definitely stood the test of time. I just don't understand why her star did not shine brighter on the international stage.Published 14 months ago by Possum
Time is no longer on our side, Irma's and mine, but I grew up waving white hankies in attendance at Irma Thomas's performances. She has been a consummate professional for decades. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Absinthe
Irma Thomas has the rich deep tones in her voice that make you FEEL every emotion she is singing about. Irma was very popular in Louisiana when I was growing up. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by N. Pulaski
She's very exciting in person...not all of that comes through in the album, but it's memorable. Bluesy and somewhat defiant for her time; she's a professional.Published on January 16, 2014 by Rebecca Brumbaugh
Irma never got the acclaim and fame that she deserved. A rare talent that has stood the test of time.Published on September 5, 2013 by Marco