Rolling Stone - 10/31/02, p.136
Ranked # 35 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
Personnel: Irma Thomas (vocals); Freddy Wall, Joey Mucia (guitar); Harold Cowart (strings, bass); Rod Antoon, Art Riffel (strings); Pete Verbois (saxophone); Randy Jackson (bass); Mike Thomas, Stan Kemper (drums); Cora Jefferson, Alice Jackson (background vocals).
Engineers: Jack Adams, John Fred, Joe Avants, Jr.
Recorded at Deep South Studios, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Swallow Studios, Ville Platte, Louisiana.
Personnel: Irma Thomas (vocals); Cora Jefferson, Alice Jackson (vocals, background vocals); Freddie Wall (guitar); Art Riffel, Rod Antoon (strings, keyboards); Harold Cowart (strings); Pete Verbois, Pete Verdois (saxophone); Michael Thomas, Mike Thomas, Stan Kemper (drums).
Recording information: Deep South Studios, Baton Rouge, LA; Swallow Studios, Ville Platte, LA.
Photographer: Syndey Byrd.
Irma Thomas has been the undisputed Soul Queen of New Orleans for some five decades now, and the quality and consistency of the work this extraordinary singer has done makes one wonder why she isn't more of a household name. This set, recorded at Deep South Studios in Baton Rouge and Swallow Studios in Ville Platte, Louisiana, and featuring Freddy Wall and Joey Mucia on guitar, Pete Verbois on saxophone, and Stan Kemper on drums, and with Cora Jefferson and Alice Jackson handling background vocals, was originally released in 1978 and remains one of her finest LPs. Highlights include fine Crescent City versions of Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," Jackie DeShannon's "Breakway," and Dan Penn's "Friendly," among others. ~ Steve Leggett