Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lulu - The ATCO Sessions 69 - 72 (2 CD) Rhino 2007 Flac & mp3

Dusty Springfield thrived when she traveled to Memphis and recorded with producers Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin and a bunch of Muscle Shoals pros, cutting music that was soulful and successful, so it made sense for Atco/Atlantic to put Lulu, another British pop-soul singer, through the same drill.

At least it did on paper, but as Rhino UK's The Atco Sessions: 1969-1972 -- a deluxe double-disc reissue of the 1970 albums New Routes and Melody Fair, buttressed with almost a full album's worth of unreleased material cut with Dowd in 1970, the 1972 single "It Takes a Real Man (To Bring Out the Woman in Me)"/"You Ain't Wrong You Just Ain't Right," some alternate takes and other stray tracks -- the results weren't nearly as compelling as the classic Dusty southern sessions, even if almost every element from those records was replicated here.

Lulu is supported by a cast of all-stars -- the Dixie Flyers featuring Jim Dickinson, the Memphis Horns, the Sweet Inspirations do backing vocals, Felix Cavaliere lays down percussion, even Duane Allman shows up on New Routes -- the production is sharp and soulful, and she sings with
considerable spunk and sass...and that may be the problem, actually.

Whereas Springfield was a nuanced deep soul singer, Lulu's appeal almost always relied on her energy, and while she leans hard on that here, it's not enough to give these records some spark because the setting is too smooth and soulful to be swayed by her relentless good cheer.
Even if these recordings are strangely, slightly off, with Lulu's strengths not fitting well with that of the pros, this is hardly bad music: Lulu gives it her all and the productions are impeccable, even if they're not quite engaging, so this is worth a listen for those who value either the singer or the players here.(Allmusic)

Ha ha sometimes i can't believe what i read... Okay Folks, wish you a lot of fun with this fine Rhino release. Included are the complete New Routes and Melody Fair albums, all ATCO and Atlantic singles and never before heard (then in 2007) unreleased songs.
           Frank        mp3 link 1   &   mp3 link 2
                            You know you need both...                       Flac


  1. Have just discovered your wonderful blog, so full of sunshine! Do you have this cd? Thomas Group - Hollywoodland (1966-1969), thank you!

    1. Good Day moxnix, i guess you mean this band and if you have a little patience until the May 20th i will send you the link. This is the tracklist of the cd. I think it's all the band recorded.
      1.- Penny Arcade
      2.- Ordinary Girl (You're Everything To Me)
      3.- Autumn
      4.- Don't Start Me Talking About My Baby
      5.- I've Got No More To Say
      6.- Then It Begins
      7.- Is Happy This Way
      8.- Raindrops, Raindrops
      9- Is It Any Wonder
      10- Someone (ABC/Dunhill version)
      11- Capricorn Colors
      12- I'm Gone
      13- Woman of Seven Sins
      14- Is It Over
      15- (It's So Nice) In The Sunshine
      16- Unwanted Man
      17- Hold My Hand
      18- New People
      19.- Together
      20.- Little Girl (You're A Woman To Me)
      21.- Someone
      22.- Penny Arcade (mono mix)
      23.- Ordinary Girl (You're Everything To Me) (mono mix)
      24.- Autumn (mono mix)
      25.- Don't Start Me Talking About My Baby (mono mix)
      26.- I've Got No More To Say (mono mix)
      27.- Then It Begins (mono mix)
      28.- Is Happy This Way (mono mix)

      Please send me an email address and in some days i can send you a link. You can snd your email address to me via my email you find in my profile.
      Have a nice day

  2. Frank, Thank you for your response, email sent!

  3. I love the New Routes album, and I'm looking forward to hearing the unreleased stuff. Thanks for posting this!