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Newly remastered for Blue Note 75th Anniversary
Newly-remastered for vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
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.
|Side 1||1. Strange Fruit||2. Love Is Blindness||3. Solomon Sang||
|4. Death Letter||5. Skylark||6. Find Him||7. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry||
|8. Last Train To Clarksville||9. Until||10. A Little Warm Death||
|11. Memphis||12. Harvest Moon||13. 32-20|