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From A Whisper To A Scream (Expanded Edition)

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Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
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Available
Release Date:
03-02-2023
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Barcode:
5013929082038
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
SMCR5120
From A Whisper To A Scream (Expanded Edition)
From A Whisper To A Scream (Expanded Edition)

Description

RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2016

  • Hailed as her ‘career’ album ‘From A Whisper To A Scream’ re-established the late Esther Phillips as a prominent soul and jazz artist in 1972.
  • Originally re-issued in 1988 with four bonus tracks, this expanded edition has been out of print for several years.
  • With notes by com founder David Nathan including quotes from a 1973 interview with Esther.

Originally a chart-topping child star with the Johnny Otis band in the early 50s, Little Esther battled drug addiction throughout the 60s during which she achieved some success with ‘Release Me’ (1963) and ‘And I Love Him’ (1965).

The sessions for ‘From A Whisper To A Scream’ found her surrounded by stellar players such as Gordon Edwards (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion), Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale (guitar), Richard Tee (keyboards) and labelmate Hank Crawford (on sax on selected tracks).

Handpicking the material herself, Esther included some R&B hits of the time – The Originals’ ‘Baby I’m For Real,’ Eddie Floyd’s ‘’Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone’ – alongside two songs penned by Allen Toussaint, including the stirring title track. The album’s most notable cut was her true-to- life version of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Home Is Where The Hatred Is,’ which she was initially reluctant to record given its direct references to heroin addiction.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. HOME IS WHERE THE HATRED IS
  3. FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM
  4. TO LAY DOWN BESIDE YOU      
  5. THAT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME 
  6. 'TIL MY BACK AIN'T GOT NO BONE      
  7. SWEET TOUCH OF LOVE          
  8. BABY, I'M FOR REAL                
  9. YOUR LOVE IS SO DOGGONE GOOD     
  10. SCARRED KNEES           
  11. HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET       
  12. BROTHER, BROTHER
  13. DON'T RUN TO HIM
  14. A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP
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