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Joan Armatrading - Show Some Emotion (1977) [Remastered 1997]

Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Pop | Author: artmuss | 22-06-2018, 11:12
Joan Armatrading - Show Some Emotion (1977) [Remastered 1997]Artist: Joan Armatrading
Title Of Album: Show Some Emotion
Year Of Release: 1977/1997
Label (Catalog#): A&M Records [CDMID 105]
Country: Saint Kitts
Genre: Pop Rock, Soul, Blues-Rock, Singer-songwriter
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 37:25
Full Size: 207 mb

Retaining producer Glyn Johns and some of the same session players from her last record, Show Some Emotion repeated that album's chart success and included two more terrific singles in the same vein: "Show Some Emotion" and "Willow." However, the rest of the album sounds like outtakes from that effort. Gone is the smooth, honeyfied flow of Joan Armatrading; the lyrics seem to lack a sense of meter, the songs occasionally rely on pedestrian R&B arrangements to move them along, and the buoyant melodies are few and far between. Part of the problem stems from poor track placement; the vulnerable "Woncha Come on Home," which would have worked well at the end of side one or two, is an awful choice as the opening track. Placing the similar-sounding "Mama Mercy" and "Get in the Sun" next to each other suggests that Armatrading even had trouble coming up with filler, and waiting until the end of the album to unleash the energetic "Kissin' and a Huggin'" leaves the listener all charged up for nothing. While the title track and "Willow" are good enough to justify the album purchase alone, they're available on any number of compilations. Without them, Show Some Emotion lacks any must-own material, although the aptly titled "Warm Love," "Kissin' and a Huggin'," and the compelling "Opportunity" are worth hearing. Overall, this feels like a step back after her last effort. The fine voice and smattering of rock, jazz, and island melodies place it as vintage Joan Armatrading, but the material is a cut below her better work.


01. Woncha Come on Home (2:40)
02. Show Some Emotion (3:31)
03. Warm Love (3:04)
04. Never Is Too Late (5:32)
05. Peace in Mind (3:19)
06. Opportunity (3:25)
07. Mama Mercy (2:47)
08. Get in the Sun (3:19)
09. Willow (3:53)
10. Kissin' and a Huggin' (4:42)

Joan Armatrading — lead vocals, acoustic guitar; thumb piano (mbira) on "Woncha Come on Home"
John "Rabbit" Bundrick — Hammond organ
Pete Clarke — background vocals on "Opportunity" and "Get in the Sun"
Mel Collins — saxophone on "Mama Mercy" and "Kissin' and a Huggin'"
Jerry Donahue — electric guitar; slide guitar on "Opportunity"
Georgie Fame — Fender Rhodes electric piano
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Tim Hinkley — Hammond organ on "Peace in Mind", piano on "Kissin' and a Huggin'"
Kenney Jones — drums on "Opportunity"
David Kemper — drums
Dave Markee — bass
Joe Scott — background vocals on "Opportunity" and "Get in the Sun"
Henry Spinetti — drums on "Warm Love" and "Kissin' and a Huggin'"
Brian Rogers – string arrangement and conductor on "Warm Love"



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