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Editors’ Notes

Joan Armatrading has been one of music’s most underrated performers; she's been recording consistently strong albums since the early ‘70s. This concert from London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall shows a 59-year old Armatrading every bit as powerful as anyone half her age. Her songs are classics: “Show Some Emotion,” “All the Way from America,” “A Woman In Love” and “Love and Affection” fuse together elements of folk, R&B, romantic balladry and the blues into an effective modern mix. Her tight back-up group packs a density into each tune, while the sparse piano version of “The Weakness In Me” is most chilling, as her voice can still reach the peaks effortlessly. “Heading Back to New York City,” “Best Dress On,” “Into the Blues” and “My Baby’s Gone” show her various approaches to the blues, all with her enlightening guitar work. “You Rope You Tie Me” trades up the funk. “Me, Myself, I” is an attractive pop anthem. Armatrading can do it all. Here, in what is clearly her best live album to date, she does it beyond peer.

Customer Reviews

Very Disappointed

Very lackluster and uninspired performance. Judging by the audiences "polite" applause it doesn't appear as though they were overwhelmed either. I had great expectations given the venue that this concert was recorded at but the music never did anything to bring the place to life.

Ignore the review by wgrexa

I don't don't know what wgrexa is smoking but this is a great album. wgrexa is an idiot.

Saw this one woman show when it passed by.....

I saw Joan and her wonderful band when they traveled through the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts last summer, same set and she was just an awesome sight to behold,
she played such intense electric guitar, her singing was breathtaking, the place downtown so intimate, this is just as I had remembered it, its not so easy to capture it all
live on a cd but its a riverting example of the women that came out of the 70's and made such an impact their careers just go on and on because they are, classice artists. I've seen Joan several times over the years, sure she's put on some miles and she not a spring chicken anymore but she is such a performer , and especially that guitar sound,
wow, I should be given this 5 stars but 41/2 will do. Go see her perform!


Born: December 9, 1950 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in 1950 on the island of St. Kitts, Joan Armatrading was her country's -- as well as Britain's -- first female to gain international success as a singer/songwriter. Spicing her take on folk with elements of rock, blues, and jazz, she has had a remarkably long, consistent career. Armatrading immigrated to England in 1958 and began writing songs six years later. In 1970, she met lyricist Pam Nestor, and the two began collaborating on material later featured on Armatrading's 1972 debut, Whatever's...
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