- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: July 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Atlantic 8130 (1966)
- Original Album #2: Atlantic 81662 (1986)
Description by OLDIES.com:
These two original Atlantic albums were recorded at the height of Ester's popularity in the mid-1960's. "Release Me," her country breakthrough hit, Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It," and Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" are a few of the terrific songs included in this collection.
Living Blues - 3-4/02, p.82
"...Illustrates Phillips' versatility and tart Dinah Washington-tinged phrasing..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I Really Don't Want To Know
- 2.Just Out Of Reach
- 3.I Can't Help It
- 4.Be Honest With Me
- 5.I've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know About Him
- 6.Release Me
- 7.I'd Fight The World
- 8.Am I That Easy To Forget
- 9.After Loving You
- 10.No Headstone On My Grave
- 11.Why Should We Try Anymore
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Mojo Hanna
- 2.I Saw Me
- 3.Double Crossing Blues
- 4.Hello Walls
- 5.Some Things You Never Get Used To
- 6.Let Me Know When It's Over
- 7.Ups And Downs
- 8.Cheater Man
- 9.When A Woman Loves A Man
- 11.When Love Comes To The Human Race
- 12.Try Me
- 13.I'm Sorry
- 14.Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
- 15.Catch Me I'm Fallin'
- 16.I'm In Love
- 17.Brand New Day
- 18.Just Like A Fish
- 19.Tomorrow Night
- 20.Some Cats Know
- 21.Set Me Free
- 22.All God Has Is Us
- 23.He Knows
- 24.Woman Will Do No Wrong
- 25.Crazy Love
2 LPs on 2 CDs: THE COUNTRY SIDE OF ESTHER (1966)/SET ME FREE (1986).
Personnel includes: Esther Phillips (vocals); Cliff Parman (arranger, conductor); Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale, Reggie Young, Billy Butler (guitar); Seldon Powell, King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Spooner Oldham, Paul Griffin,
Leroy Glover (piano); Arif Mardin, Ernie Hayes (organ); George Duvivier, Jimmy Tyrell (bass); Herbie Lovelle, Bernard Purdie, Bobby Gregg (drums); The Dixie Flyers.
Producers include: Jerry Wexler, Bert Berns, Chps Moman,Dan Penn, Tom Dowd, Dave CRawford, Teddy Randazzo.
Recorded between 1964 & 1970. Originally released on Atlantic.
Personnel: Esther Phillips (vocals); Cissy Houston, Estelle Brown, Dee Dee Warwick, Jimmy Ricks, Sylvia Shemwell (vocals); Everett Barksdale, Charles Macey (guitar, mandolin); Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale , Lenny Pogan, Bill Suyker, Al Scackman, Don Arnone, Reggie Young , Charlie Freeman, Carl Lynch (guitar); Margaret Ross (harp); Art Ryerson, Al Chernet (mandolin); Artie Kaplan (reeds); Fred Ford, Charles DeAngelis, King Curtis, Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Haywood Henry, Jimmy Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Dud Bascomb, Ben Couley, Lamar Wright, Snooky Young, Jimmy Nottingham, Al DeRisi (trumpet); Tony Studd, Albert Richmond (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Leroy Glover (piano, organ); Moe Weschler, Paul Griffin (piano); Arif Mardin, Ernie Hayes (organ); Jim Dickensen, Mike Utley (keyboards); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Sol Gubin, Ray Lucas, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Bobby Gregg (drums); Warren Smith (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Bob Rolontz; Anita Wexler; Norbert Hess; Jack Hooke; Ahmet Ertegun.
Recording information: Memphis, TN (02/06/1964-05/21/1970); Miami, FL (02/06/1964-05/21/1970); New York, NY (02/06/1964-05/21/1970).
Arrangers: Cliff Parman; Leroy Glover; Jimmy Wisner; Ray Ellis; Teddy Randazzo; Tommy Cogbill.
This two-disc set from Collectables features a pair of out of print Esther Phillips LPs: The Country Side of Esther Phillips and Set Me Free, both originally issued on Atlantic Records. Highlights among the 36 tracks include "I Really Don't Want to Know," "Crazy Love," "Am I That Easy to Forget," and "Catch Me I'm Fallin'." ~ Al Campbell