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Esther Phillips - Here's Esther...Are You Ready? (1979) & Good Black Is Hard To Crack (1981) [2011, Reissue]

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Esther Phillips - Here's Esther...Are You Ready? (1979) & Good Black Is Hard To Crack (1981) [2011, Reissue]

Esther Phillips - Here's Esther…Are You Ready? (1979) & Good Black Is Hard To Crack (1981) [2011, Reissue]
R&B, Funk/Soul, Blues, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:16:55 | 547,79 Mb
Label: Soul Music.com (UK) | Cat.# SMCR2 5007 | Released: 2011-01-17 (1979/1981)
Esther Phillips - Here's Esther...Are You Ready? (1979) & Good Black Is Hard To Crack (1981) [2011, Reissue]

With few exceptions, greats who established themselves during soul's golden era were not well served by the disco era, when arrangements and material often poorly suited their abilities. Such was the case with the final two albums by Esther Phillips, Here's Esther...Are You Ready (1979) and Good Black Is Hard to Crack (1981), here combined onto one CD with historical liner notes. As producer Harvey Mason recalls in those notes, he and Phillips had "a mandate from Mercury to mostly do uptempo material" for Here's Esther...Are You Ready, resulting in an album dominated by disco dance tunes as that genre neared the end of its peak popularity. Phillips is still in fine voice, and not averse to injecting the material with a sly playfulness it doesn't always deserve, or which doesn't even always fit its mood. Covers of "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Our Day Will Come" were never going to challenge or redefine the originals, and while a couple ballads made for something a little more up her alley, they weren't strong enough to make a mark. Notable jazz musician Benny Golson took the production reins for Good Black Is Hard to Crack, and while it's not too much of a departure from the previous album, the settings are generally looser and a little more sympathetic. The songs aren't great, but Phillips sounds more at ease with at least some of them, and hits an acceptably engaging soul-jazz groove on "City Lights." There are still some formulaic disco tunes, though, and none of the tracks on this or its predecessor stand among Phillips' finer work, though she retained enough vocal skill to go out with some dignity.
~Review by Richie Unterberger

Esther Phillips - Here's Esther...Are You Ready? (1979) & Good Black Is Hard To Crack (1981) [2011, Reissue]




Release of these albums: "Here's Esther…Are You Ready?" (1979) [LP Mercury, Cat.# SRM-1-3769, USA] / "Good Black Is Hard To Crack" (1981) [LP Mercury, Cat.# SRM-1-4005, USA]
Release of this CD: 2011, January, 17 [CD Soul Music.Com (UK), Cat.# SMCR2 5007 / UPC: 5013929070738]
"Here's Esther…Are You Ready?" ℗ 1979 Phonogram, Inc.
"Good Black Is Hard To Crack" ℗ 1981 Phonogram, Inc.
This compilation ℗ & © 2011 Soul Music.Com Records
Marketed and Distributed by – Cherry Red Records Ltd.

Credits:

Alto Saxophone – Hank Crawford (tracks: 14 to 16)
Arranged By – Benjamin Wright (tracks: 1 to 8), Bill Meyers (tracks: 1 to 8), Charles C. Mims Jr. (tracks: 1 to 8), Kenny Mason (tracks: 1 to 8)
Backing Vocals – Alexandra Brown (tracks: 1 to 8), Julia Waters Tillman (tracks: 9, 10, 12 to 17), Marti McCall (tracks: 9, 10, 12 to 17), Maxine Waters Willard (tracks: 9, 10, 12 to 17), Obie Jessie (tracks: 1 to 8), Roy Galloway (tracks: 1 to 8), Stephanie Spruill (tracks: 1 to 8)
Backing Vocals, Arranged By [Vocals] – Sam Dees (tracks: 11)
Drums, Bongos – Melvin Webb (tracks: 9 to 17)
Electric Bass – Steve Kenoly (tracks: 9 to 17)
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Eric Daniels (2) (tracks: 9 to 17)
Engineer – David Costell (tracks: 9 to 17)
Executive-Producer – Bobby Martin (tracks: 9 to 17), Esther Williams
Guitar – Gemi Taylor (tracks: 9 to 17), Greg Poree (tracks: 9 to 17), Wilton Rabb (tracks: 9 to 17)
Mastered By – Bernie Gruman (tracks: 9 to 17)
Producer, Arranged By, Backing Vocals – Harvey Mason (tracks: 1 to 8)
Producer, Synthesizer [Moog], Synthesizer [Oberheim OBX], Arranged By [Rhythm, Horn, Vocal And Synthesized Strings], Programmed By [Moog Synthesizer] – Benny Golson (tracks: 9 to 17)
Programmed By [Oberheim OBX] – Geoff Farr (tracks: 9 to 17)
Trombone – Garnet Brown (tracks: 9 to 17), George Bohannon (tracks: 9 to 17), Maurice Spears (tracks: 9 to 17), Thurman Green (tracks: 9 to 17)
Trumpet – Bobby Bryant (tracks: 9 to 17), Eugene "Snooky" Young (tracks: 9 to 17), Oscar Brashear (tracks: 9 to 17)


Tracklist:

"Here's Esther…Are You Ready?" (1979)

01. Mr. Melody (04:00)
(Chuck Jackson, Marvin Yancy)
02. Philadelphia Fredom (05:35)
(Bernie Taupin, Elton John)
03. I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me (03:54)
(Bill LaBounty, Jay F. Senter)
04. Love Makes A Woman (05:25)
(Carl Davis, Eugene Record, Gerald Sims, William Sanders)
05. Out Day Will Come (05:22)
(Bob Hilliard, Mort Garson)
06. Bedtime Stories (03:43)
(Jonah Ellis)
07. Oo Oop Oo Oop (05:28)
(Alvin Fields, Michael Zager)
08. I'll Close My Eyes (04:00)
(Eunice Burgess, James Burgess, Red Rowe)

"Good Black Is Hard To Crack" (1981)

09. Crazy (03:51)
(Willie Nelson)
10. Reaching Out For Love With Love (03:43)
(Alvin Fields, Cissy Houston, Doug Frank)
11. Cry To Me (04:51)
(David Cameron, Sam Dees)
12. Pull Yourself Together (04:17)
(Shedrack Anderson)
13. Woman Enough (03:38)
(Jim Lang)
14. You Can't See Thunder (04:06)
(Barry Richards, Bobby Hart)
15. We've Got A Good Thing Going (05:09)
(Berry Gordy Jr, Deke Richards, Fonze Mizell, Freddie Perren)
16. City Lights (04:18)
(Joel Webster, Mabelle John)
17. Changin' (05:37)
(James McClelland, Jerry Peters, Lynn Mack)

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Analyzed: Esther Phillips / Here's Esther Are You Ready & Good Black Is Hard To Crack
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DR13 0.00 dB -15.41 dB 5:35 02-Philadelphia Freedom
DR11 0.00 dB -14.59 dB 3:54 03-I Hope You' Ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me
DR11 0.00 dB -14.46 dB 5:25 04-Love Makes A Woman
DR12 0.00 dB -13.76 dB 5:22 05-Our Day Will Come
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DR12 0.00 dB -14.48 dB 4:00 08-I'll Close My Eyes
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DR11 0.00 dB -12.86 dB 3:43 10-Reaching Out For Love With Love
DR11 0.00 dB -13.55 dB 4:51 11-Cry To Me
DR11 0.00 dB -13.73 dB 4:17 12-Pull Yourself Together
DR12 0.00 dB -14.28 dB 3:38 13-Woman Enough
DR12 0.00 dB -13.63 dB 4:06 14-You Can't See Thunder
DR11 0.00 dB -12.75 dB 5:09 15-We've Got A Good Thing Going
DR11 0.00 dB -13.79 dB 4:18 16-City Lights
DR11 0.00 dB -13.10 dB 5:37 17-Changin'
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Number of tracks: 17
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 861 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Thanks to Addis

See also:
Esther Phillips - Alone Again, Naturally (1972) [2008, Remastered Reissue]
Esther Phillips - Performance (1974) [2007, Japan]
Esther Phillips - Capricorn Princess (1976) [2010, Remastered Reissue]

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