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on September 14, 2017
The late Miss Bass ruled the charts and was one of the first cross over artists. When I met Darlene Love, she told me that The Blossoms did the background vocals on "Rescue Me." This CD proves by the variety of material, that Miss Bass was a very unique and diversified performer. It is such a shame that she passed away so recently. WHAT A TALENT!!!
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VINE VOICEon December 12, 2009
"The Very Best of Fontella Bass" is a British Chess release, remastering 1965's "The New Look," the only album the artist made for the Chicago-based company during her almost three-year tenure there, from 1965-'68, which, of course, represents the period of her greatest success. For Bass is best known for 1965's "Rescue Me," a sophisticated mixture of Motown-influenced soul and impassioned gospel refrain, with a huge beat that powered it to the top of the United States R & B charts, and into the pop Top five; it also reached the number 11 spot in the United Kingdom. Mind you, "The New Look" was housed in an attention-grabbing sleeve - Bass is casually dressed, in boots, topped with a jaunty cap, cracking a whip. "Rescue Me," of course, is a great song, still frequently heard on radio, and used in television commercials, although, as Bass may, for better or worse, be classified as a "one hit wonder," not that many people know she sang it. I bow to no one in my respect of and admiration for Aretha Franklin, but most people today think the latter artist sang "Rescue Me;" then again, most people today think Franklin sang "Band of Gold," that other enduring hit by another one hit wonder, Freda Payne.

Several years ago, I saw Fontella Bass perform, at a fundraiser for a school in Greenwich Village, New York. You couldn't call her young, or slim, anymore, but she still had a powerful set of lungs, and delivered a spine-tingling version of her signature song, as well as some rollicking gospel. The current album gives us her signature tune, of course, with 24 additional tracks. I like her covers of several well-known songs. We get Maxine Brown's "Oh No, Not My Baby," by Gerry Goffin and Carole King; the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weill; Carla Thomas's self-written "Gee Whiz," and Barbara George's self-written "I Know." We also get the Lieber-Stoller hit "I'm A Woman;" and the Motown Vandallas' hit "Come and Get These Memories," penned by Holland-Dozier-Holland. "Since I Fell for You" and "Soul of a Man" are outstanding. Then we've got three duets with Bobby McClure. Actually, with 25 tracks, the album may be too much of a good thing for all but the most devoted fans of this artist who is not Aretha Franklin.
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on August 3, 2017
I have always loved Fontella an artist gone too soon!!!
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on August 24, 2017
More good stuff.
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on March 21, 2013
FONTELLA BASS I WAS FORTUNATE TO MEET HER IN NOLA THROUGH A WONDERFUL FRIEND OF MINE THERE AND THIS IS A WONDERFUL MEMORY I HOLD FOR HER IN HER PASSING THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
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on February 1, 2015
Who doesn't love Miss Bass!
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on September 12, 2013
This lady does it like no other and that's why everone of the greats copied her.
The greatest form of compliment you know!
In today's world economy you will play "Rescue Me" over and over again!
At least it will put a smile on your face!!
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on January 11, 2013
fontella bass with her versatile voice just great especially if you are a blues person person know for her hit rescue me . i really think this lady wasn't given the recornition she deserved. she also do juke joint blues thats where i first heard her voice and fell in love with her music. buy this cd and you will understand what i mean.
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on December 29, 2012
Great and with many songs not available on other Fontella Bass CD'S ! Particular favorites are Rescue Me, Recovery, I Surrender, and Safe And Sound. All with a great beat to dance to. Motown wasn't the only game in town in the 1960's. They did influence Fontella's producers though.Your ears can tell you that in a minute or two.
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on March 14, 2016
Classic! Love it!
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