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(1996/KEND) 24 titres Imperial 1962-1965.
Take A Look
Time Is On My Side
Baby Don't Look Down
Times Have Changed
I Done Got Over It
Somebody Told You
Wait, Wait, Wait
I Haven't Got Time To Cry
Some Things You Never Get Used To
Look Up (When Ever)
Ruler Of My Heart
I Need Your Love So Bad
Wish Someone Would Care
True, True Love
I Did My Part
You Don't Miss A Good Thing
Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
Straight From The Heart
Two Winters Long
It's A Man's-Woman's World (Part 1 + 2)
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Quand j'ai écouté son disc, j'ai reconnu le tube de Rolling Stones "Time Is On My Side".
Les Stones ont jamais dit que cette chanson était de Irma Thomas!
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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. She had over a dozen "top thirty" hits on the R & B charts between 1959-69, but sadly has been practically forgotten by most R & B fans, except in New Orleans, where she is a major local celebrity and a household name. I have never been introduced to anyone from the state of Louisiana without asking them, "Louisiana? Do you know Irma Thomas?" and the reply is always, "Irma? Everybody loves Irma!"
She is most remembered for introducing Time Is On My Side before the Rolling Stones did it. Her soulful version will make you forget theirs, maybe even if you're a die hard rock and roll lover. Her biggest hit was probably her self-penned autobiographical number I Wish Someone Would Care (which is NOT a love ballad - it's about her career) which I still hear on oldies stations from time to time. And then there was her first hit from 1959 (unfortunately not included here), You Can Have My Husband, But Please Don't Mess With My Man, which has my vote as the greatest song title ever devised.
Of her later stuff, I am particularly fond of her two first Rounder albums, The New Rules and The Way I Feel, but the woman never recorded a bad song in her life. You simply cannot go wrong with Irma.
This album contains many of the best of her classic hits. From her wonderful up-tempo material to her numerous heartbreaking ballads, you will have trouble deciding what she's better at - the slow stuff or the fast stuff. And that's mighty rare in any genre. I Done Got Over It, I Did My part, Somebody Told You, and Break-A-Way (a guaranteed finger-snapper) are some bouncy standout examples of her up-tempo material. All are included here, but my favorite may be Two Winters Long, with her wistful, delicate phrasing. As for her ballads, if Times Have Changed, Some Things You never Get Used To or I'm Gonna Cry Til My Tears Run Dry don't get to you, you have no soul. Or maybe you've just never been in love. Try Irma and you're guaranteed to fall in love (with her music).
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.
This compilation, an updated and expanded version of a 1983 LP compilation (tracks 1-16), features 24 songs recorded 1962-1966 on Imperial, Brandy, and Minit labels. This is a slightly superior compilation to Razor & Tie's 1996 compilation "Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans: The Irma Thomas Collection".
TIME IS ON MY SIDE consists of 24 songs from 1963-1966; songs are not in chronological order. Disc packaged in black jewel case; total running time: 65:50. Booklet includes an essay by Clive Richardson, two b&w photos, and songwriting credits (recording years provided on back cover; chart positions, albums of origin, producer credits, and musician personnel are not included). Sound quality is decent.
The disc closes with "It's a Man's-Woman's World Parts 1 & 2", which is the same recording as "It's a Man's Woman's World (Pt. 1)", the latter appearing on the "Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans" disc. Both are the same length and include the last note of another song at the beginning of the track.
For her Soul recordings, and I would contend best work, get "A Woman's Viewpoint: Essential 70s Recordings" .
But that really doesn't totally explain it either because some of her finest uncharted efforts came before that time. Born Irma Lee on February 18, 1941 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and discovered by Tommy Ridgley while waitressing in the area, she had her first charting side in May 1960 when You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don't Mess With My Man) reached # 22 R&B b/w Set Me Free on Ron 328, one of two labels established in the area in 1959 by Joe Ruffino (the other was Ric). The follow-up A Good Man/I May Be Wrong on Ron 330 failed to chart. None of those four sides are in this volume, nor are either of Foolish Girl/When I Met You which came out on the obscure Bumpa 711 in that period, but they do provide Look Up (When Ever) which emerged in 1961 on the equally-obscure Bandy 368, but not the B-side For Goodness Sake.
In 1961 she hooked up with Joe Banashak's New Orleans-based Minit Records where, despite turning some of the finest Soul/R&B ballads ever recorded, could not crack the national listings: (those preceded by an asterisk (*) are in this volume): Girl Needs Boy/Cry On (Minit 625) and - It's Too Soon To Know/That's All I Ask (Minit 633) in 1961; *I Done Gone Over It/*Gone (Minit 642) and *It's Raining/I Done My Part (Mini 653) in 1962; and in 1963, *Somebody Told You/*Two Winters Long (Minit 660) and *Ruler Of My Heart/Hitting On Nothing (Minit 666).
By spring 1964, with The Beatles, Rolling Stones et al ruling the charts and with the R&B listings suspended, she was with the major independent Imperial Records which had much more financial clout for promotion, and in April-May had the plaintive *Wish Someone Would Care score at # 17 Billboard Hot 100 b/w the up-tempo *Break-A-Way on Imperial 66013. In July she was back with *Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand), a soulful ballad that topped out at # 52 H100 on Imperial 66041, but it was the non-charting B-side, *Time Is On My Side, that, in my humble opinion, is one of the best Blues ballads ever, and why it didn't chart as well is just one more mystery among many when it comes to Irma Thomas. The Rolling Stones certainly liked it and their cover reached # 6 Hot 100 in October-November.
She then finished off 1964 with two more charting sides, taking *Times Have Changed to # 98 Hot 100 b/w Moments To Remember on Imperial 66069 in November, and He's My Guy to # 63 Hot 100 in December on Imperial 66080 b/w *(I Want A) True, True Love. After being blanked for another three years (see the complete list of her other singles in the Comments below, again with an asterisk preceding those sides in this volume), Irma came back in 1968 with the Otis Redding-penned Good To Me which, b/w We Got Something Good, peaked at # 42 R&B in March on Chess 2036.
The sound reproduction in this Kent (Ace) import volume, transferred from original analogue tapes, is excellent, and it comes with copious liner motes written by Clive Richardson. But while I can perhaps understand the omission of that Ron hit and the last one for Chess due, perhaps, to rights, leaving out the charting He's My Guy and the B-side to one of her hits cost it 1 star in my estimation.