Pure Pleasure Records (Blue Note)
180 Gram Vinyl Record
|No. of Discs:||2|
180-gram double LP, gatefold jacket
Cassandra Wilson's own excellent, jazz tinged compositions sit alongside a stunning set of ingenious covers from a highly diverse spectrum of composers. "Last Train To Clarksville" is transformed from a catchy pop song into a stripped-down and genuinely effective jazz vocal work-out. "Harvest Moon" slows down Neil Young's already wistful ballad to an almost painful level and, in so doing, takes it to an even higher level of gentle reflection. Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" & U2's "Love Is Blindness" are transformed into 3 in the morning jazz club classics. The vocals and backing to Robert Johnson's "32-20" are simplified to the point where only the essence of the blues is allowed to shine and, Lewis Allan's "Strange Fruit" becomes as desolate and challenging as its horrific lyrics.
This album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart in 1996.
|Love Is Blindness|
|I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry|
|Last Train To Clarksville|
|Until 3. A Little Warm Death|
|A Little Warm Death|
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