Originally released on LP only in Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia, this 1980 live album captures Rita Coolidge at the height of her powers and international popularity, and with a crack band featuring Booker T. Jones, Michael Warren, Salvatore Guglielmi, Mike Utley, Richard Adelman, Phyllis Battell and Carlena Williams. The set list is just killer, with big hits from throughout her career, like "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher," "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love," a solo version of her then-current hit duet with Glen Campbell, "Somethin' 'Bout You, Baby I Like," her smash version of the Chiffons' "One Fine Day," "Fever," and "Fool That I Am." And for an "encore," we have rounded up five studio tracks that never surfaced outside of Japan. A long-lost delight from the Rita Coolidge catalog!
With the arrival of Delta Lady: The Rita Coolidge Anthology, one can only remark: what took so long? No other singer – not Maria Muldaur, Bette Midler, Bonnie Bramlett, Carly Simon, or Linda Ronstadt – more perfectly embodied the wide range of changes that popular music underwent from the late '60s through the mid-'80s, and continues to seek new means of expression today. This two-disc anthology on Hip-O offers the first complete portrait of this complex and multivalent talent on CD (though a box set would have been nice). Rita Coolidge scored her first chart hit with friend Donna Weiss' "Turn Around and Love You" in 1969. That song earned her a studio spot where she fell in with Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, and a huge cast of musicians. Being a background vocalist on Delaney & Bonnie's classic Accept No Substitute earned her a place on Russell and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen revue and the rest is history, including a handful of chart hits and guest appearances that stagger the mind.
For the first time on one superb Double CD, Raven presents three classic 1970s albums by one of the finest American singers of the pop era RITA COOLIDGE. The Lady's Not For Sale (1972), Fall Into Spring (1974) and It's Only Love (1975) established her career and feature the pure sounds of laid-back country-rock and West Coast soft-rock mixed with a soulfulness that marks them as polished, quality productions. Raven has previously combined her two platinum-selling hit albums Anytime Anywhere (1977) and Love Me Again (1978) on a great value 2-for-1 release (RVCD-277) containing her biggest hits 'Higher and Higher' and 'We're All Alone'. Originally recorded for A&M Records, these three albums showcase the renowned Coolidge stamp of soulful warmth which is predominant on splendid covers of 'Fever', 'Bird on the Wire', 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight', 'Love Has No Pride', 'Desperados Waiting for the Train' and 'It's Only Love'. Produced by David Anderle