Fontella Bass Free (The Paula Recordings)
- Released: May 29, 2000
- Label: Westside Uk
Living Blues - 5-6/01, p.100"...Prodigious vocal prowess....containing [her] '72 Paula LP and a few bonus items..."
- 1.To Be Free
- 2.Hold on This Time
- 3.I Want Everyone to Know
- 4.I Need to Be Loved
- 5.Talking About Freedom
- 6.I Need Love
- 7.Wiping Tears
- 8.Now That I've Found a Good Thing
- 9.Who You Gonna Blame
- 10.It Sure Is Good
- 11.I'm Leaving the Choice to You
- 12.Home Wrecker
- 13.It's Hard to Get Back In
- 14.My God, My Freedom, My Home
Recorded in 1972. Originally released on Paula (LP 2213). Includes liner notes by Mick Patrick & Malcolm Baumgart.
Digitally remastered by Ron Capone & Dale Gardner.
This 1972 outing by R&B/soul singer Fontella Bass includes "To Be Free" and "I Need Love."
The British edition presents four additional tracks.
CD contains 4 bonus tracks.
Fontella Bass's classic R&B recording, FREE, formerly NOW THAT I FOUND A GOOD THING, is a fun and deep-pocketed groove album that's good for what ails you. Bass's singing is life affirming and truly stirring.
FREE contains Fontella Bass's most well-known 1965 hit, "Rescue Me," a song that almost has Bass competing for Aretha Franklin's title as the Queen of Soul. Other songs, such as "I Need Love," find Bass adopting a down-home 12/8 blues feel. On this tune, she's echoed by a background choir of singers who create a distinctly gospel feel. A buoyant, invigorating album, FREE offers 11 tracks of solid performances and inspired songwriting.
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