Rita Coolidge Anytime...Anywhere / Love Me Again

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CD Details

  • Released: July 21, 2008
  • Label: Raven [Australia]

Tracks:

  • 1.(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher
  • 2.The Way You Do the Things You Do
  • 3.We're All Alone
  • 4.I Feel the Burden (Being Lifted Off My Shoulders)
  • 5.I Don't Want to Talk About It
  • 6.Words
  • 7.Good Times
  • 8.Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame
  • 9.Southern Lady
  • 10.Hungry Years
  • 11.You
  • 12.Slow Dancer
  • 13.Sweet Inspiration
  • 14.Love Me Again
  • 15.It Just Keeps You Dancing
  • 16.Bye Bye Love
  • 17.The Jealous Kind
  • 18.Hello Love, Goodbye
  • 19.You're So Fine
  • 20.Songbird

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Terry Reilly.
Rita Coolidge's two most popular albums, the 1977 Top Ten hit Anytime...Anywhere and its 1978 follow-up, Love Me Again, are combined onto a single-disc CD on this reissue. Fans aware of Coolidge's past credentials might have been expecting, or at least hoping, for something more soulful than Anytime...Anywhere, given her achievements as backing singer for Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, and Kris Kristofferson. Still, the record had something going for it commercially that her past records lacked, which was being totally in tune with what the soft rock audience wanted in the late '70s. Her ability to round off the edges of soul classics put her remake of Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" at number two in the pop charts, and helped lift this album -- which included another, smaller hit soul remake with "The Way You Do the Things You Do" -- into the Top Ten. Those two songs, as well as a Top Ten single cover of Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone," were all on the LP, which presents something like a milder variation of Linda Ronstadt's ability to interpret songs by a variety of pop and soul songwriters. Also on board were the Bee Gees' "Words," Sam Cooke's "Good Times," Kristofferson's "Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame," and Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten's "I Don't Want to Talk About It," while Booker T. Jones' presence helped give the record some genuine R&B feeling. While there was also the feeling that Coolidge wasn't belting it out to the earthiest extent of her capabilities, the slickness of the production combined with her easy-on-the-ear vocals to yield an album that got an enormous amount of radio airplay, and was by far the highest-selling effort of her career. Love Me Again was a disappointment both artistically and, at least relative to its predecessor, commercially, just ducking inside the Top 40. Here she began to cross the line from soft rock to adult contemporary music, with her soft vocals and glossy period late-'70s production rubbing against largely lackluster material. The standout tunes, tellingly, were the oldies/soul remakes, but no one would count these as notable reinterpretations of the Fiestas' "So Fine," the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," the Sweet Inspirations' "Sweet Inspiration," Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird," and Boz Scaggs' "Slow Dancer." The LP did include a song co-written by brother-in-law and co-producer Booker T. Jones, and a moderate hit single in the lightly disco-fied "You." ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Sales Rank: 102,618
  • UPC: 612657027721
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