ESTHER PHILLIPS

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Esther Phillips was perhaps too versatile for her own good, at least commercially speaking; while she was adept at singing blues, early R&B, gritty soul, jazz, straight-up pop, disco, and even country, her record companies often lacked a clear idea of how to market her, which prevented her from reaching as wide an audience as she otherwise might have. An acquired taste for some, Phillips' voice had an idiosyncratic, nasal quality that often earned comparisons to Nina Simone, although she herself counted Dinah Washington as a chief inspiration. Phillips' career began when she was very young and by some accounts, she was already battling drug addiction during her teenage years; whenever her problems took root, the lasting impact on her health claimed her life before the age of 50. Esther Phillips was born Esther Mae Jones in Galveston, TX, on December 23, 1935, and began singing in church as a young read more...
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Burnin / Confessin the BluesBurnin / Confessin the Blues
Collectables 1999
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The Complete Savoy Recordings With Johnny OtisThe Complete Savoy Recordings With Johnny Otis
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Baby Im for Real 4 Classic Albums 197Baby Im for Real 4 Classic Albums 197
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From a Whisper to a Scream: Expanded EditionFrom a Whisper to a Scream: Expanded Edition
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Original Album SeriesOriginal Album Series
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Country Side of Esther/Set MeCountry Side of Esther/Set Me
Collectables 2001
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Burnin: Live at Freddie Jett's Pied Pier L.A.Burnin: Live at Freddie Jett's Pied Pier L.A.
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ESTHER PHILLIPS Release Me! Reflections Of Country And Western Greats album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Release Me! Reflections Of Country And Western Greats
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1962
ESTHER PHILLIPS And I Love Him album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And I Love Him
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1965
ESTHER PHILLIPS The Country Side Of Esther Phillips (aka Release Me!) album cover 4.93 | 2 ratings
The Country Side Of Esther Phillips (aka Release Me!)
Blues 1966
ESTHER PHILLIPS Esther album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Esther
Vocal Jazz 1966
ESTHER PHILLIPS From A Whisper To A Scream album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
From A Whisper To A Scream
RnB 1971
ESTHER PHILLIPS Alone Again Naturally album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Alone Again Naturally
RnB 1972
ESTHER PHILLIPS Black-Eyed Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black-Eyed Blues
Blues 1973
ESTHER PHILLIPS Performance album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Performance
RnB 1974
ESTHER PHILLIPS What A Diff'rence A Day Makes album cover 4.04 | 3 ratings
What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
RnB 1975
ESTHER PHILLIPS Capricorn Princess album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Capricorn Princess
RnB 1976
ESTHER PHILLIPS Confessin' The Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Confessin' The Blues
Blues 1976
ESTHER PHILLIPS For All We Know album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For All We Know
RnB 1976
ESTHER PHILLIPS Jazz Moods: Hot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Moods: Hot
RnB 2005

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ESTHER PHILLIPS Burnin' (Live At Freddie Jett's Pied Piper, L.A.) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Burnin' (Live At Freddie Jett's Pied Piper, L.A.)
Vocal Jazz 1970
ESTHER PHILLIPS At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978
RnB 2017

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ESTHER PHILLIPS Esther Phillips album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Esther Phillips
RnB 1978
ESTHER PHILLIPS Set Me Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Set Me Free
RnB 1986
ESTHER PHILLIPS And I Love Him! & Esther album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And I Love Him! & Esther
RnB 1999
ESTHER PHILLIPS The Country Side Of Esther Phillips & Set Me Free album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Country Side Of Esther Phillips & Set Me Free
RnB 2001
ESTHER PHILLIPS Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)
RnB 2010
ESTHER PHILLIPS A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology 1971-1976 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology 1971-1976
RnB 2018

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ESTHER PHILLIPS The Country Side Of Esther Phillips (aka Release Me!)

Album · 1966 · Blues
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Esther Phillips hit rock bottom by 1954 at 19 years of age and stayed there till 1962 after leaving Johnny Otis’ band in 1950 . She was known as Little Esther back then and in her first year with Johnny Otis she had a string of hits but as a roller coaster climbs to the top one knows where it is going next and Esther took that ride down at a quite a speed. She left Johnny Otis’s band after the first year and went solo but the hits stopped. She recorded thirty songs with her new record label Federal with only one getting to number eight on the charts. She went back home to Texas and worked clubs and venues locally but drug addiction kept getting in the way and luckily for Esther a young Kenny Rogers saw one of her shows in 1962 and signed her to his brother’s record label, Lenox. She went on to record a Ray Price hit “Release Me” (1963) which was a Country song and made it number one on the R&B charts and number eight on the Pop ones. After a brief hiatus at Lenox Esther signed with Atlantic Records and recorded her first album “And I Love Him” in 1965 which was released in 1966 with a follow up in the same year “Esther Phillips Sings” but she was not finished yet for 1966 when she also released “The Country Side Of Esther Phillips”.

The title explains the album’s theme quite sufficiently and all are given a beautiful Soul injection from Esther with the Anita Kerr sisters providing backing vocals throughout the album’s duration which was recorded down in Nashville for even more Country authenticity. Ray Charles was the ground breaker for these type of integrated albums with his release in 1962 of “Modern Sounds In Country And Western” which today is considered his greatest album by many and “The Country Side Of Esther Phillips” is not far behind for quality. Eleven tracks were included within the album with two Hank Williams’, being “I Can’t Help It” and “Why Should We Try Anymore” and Esther makes them her own with a stunning Soul interpretation of both. “I’d Fight The World” a Hank Cochrane song is given a lovely Soul rendition and for me is one of the top songs included. “Just Out Of Reach” was a Ray Price hit and an album single for Esther, “Be Honest With Me” is simply superb which is a Gene Autry and Fred Rose composition( Hank Williams covered many a, Fred tune). Even an early Charlie Rich “No Headstone on My Grave” with a Blues feel injected is just another album highlight with “After Loving You”, “Am I That Easy To Forget”, “Just Out Of Reach” and also included is a beautiful Soul version of “I've Forgotten More Than I’ll Ever Know About Him”. “Release Me” is a different version to Esther’s 1963 single and for myself it is actually an improvement with more emotion contained within.

“The Country Side Of Esther Phillips” is the female version of Ray’s “Modern Sounds In Country And Western” and could be considered the greatest female take of a Soul/Country album ever recorded. Esther had her own distinct sound with her voice bringing a distinct magic to this album and she sang from her guts with all the necessary emotion placed beautifully within every song. Many say her later Kudu Label material is better due to her hit “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” but for me it is the Atlantic albums with this being her jewel. We lost her far too young, she was only 48 back in 1984. If like myself you love these Country/ Soul albums and find this and Ray Charles enjoyable another good one is Joe Tex’s, “Soul Country” on Atlantic as well.

ESTHER PHILLIPS What A Diff'rence A Day Makes

Album · 1975 · RnB
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Rokukai
Creed Taylor produced this pre-disco gem that included the huge R and B hit, "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes". All in all, this is an excellent record that sounds little like the young jazz vocalist that rose to fame in the 1950's. This record shows a mature woman who knows the blues and delivers in aces, surrounded by expert musicians.

This album reflects the dancefloor-oriented albums Taylor was coming out with during the late seventies. A particular highlight is "I Can Stand A Little Rain", a heart-wrenching ballad about love and loss. Find this album, read a little about Esther Phillips, and you'll find she knows what she's talking about.

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