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Minnie Riperton: Her Chess Years

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While this compilation is credited to Minnie Riperton, none of the 16 tracks was actually released under her name. Indeed, a more apt title might have been "Best of Minnie Riperton and the Rotary Connection," as 13 of the songs are Rotary Connection cuts on which she sang lead. The other three date from before the Rotary Connection days, with a couple of tracks by the Gems (a mid-'60s girl group) that bear Riperton's lead vocals, as well as the 1966 single "Lonely Girl," which is actually Riperton solo, but was released under the pseudonym Andrea Davis. The pre-Rotary Connection numbers are fair but unremarkable pop-soul, with Minnie unveiling her stratospheric operatic vocals on "Lonely Girl." The Rotary Connection material is taken from five albums recorded by the group in the late '60s and early '70s; there's nothing from their most famous LP, the self-titled 1967 debut, as Riperton sang no leads on that record (it's been reissued on its own by Chess anyway). This stuff is a very mixed bag, including dubious Cream and Hendrix covers, as well as a ghoulish mauling of "Respect." On the other hand, "Magical World" shows their odd psychedelic-soul-as-MGM-musical production style at its best, and "A-Muse" is a surprisingly pretty, acoustic singer/songwriter type ballad, delivered with sensitivity by Riperton. As a whole, this music isn't so much notable for Riperton's vocals (as wide-ranging as they are) as its eccentric genre-mashing, from a rare period in which mainstream pop and soul tried to be self-consciously avant-garde and eclectic without getting too far out.

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By all means check the ROTARY CONNECTION'S cd output...

Having been a fan of a somewhat obscure yet really enjoyable band from Chicago in the late 60's called Rotary Connection, I suggest that Minnie fans search for this group's 5 incredible cds. "ROTARY CONNECTION" "PEACE" "ALADDIN" "SONGS" and "DINNER MUSIC." Absolutely first rate stuff, with Minnie's voice used in extraordinary ways Another lead singer in the group was Sidney Barnes, and with the other members singing lead or harmonizing and playing some fine instruments, the whole shebang was quite an interesting affair. I'll even go so far as to claim that a song on the album "PEACE" has become my favorite holiday tune of all time. Since college days (circa 1968) I have tried to introduce this eclectic, fine band to folks I have met over the years. Now I can attempt to seduce itune folks into pursuing the Rotary Connection, with Minnie Riperton at her freshest!!! GOOD TIMES

"Come to My Garden" is superior to "Adventures"

Her solo debut, "Come to my Garden" is a great record with very Bacharach-like arrangements and the amazing "Les Fleur," which is one of my favorite songs right now. Not as psychedelic as the work with the Rotary Connection, which is not to be missed (as others here have pointed out), but still outstanding. A friend turned me onto the RC years ago. The CD's are tough to find. Although there is a good compilation out now, it's not even on iTunes. I know people who have the vinyl. I'm not sure why more of the Rotary Connection isn't on iTunes??!!

Thank you j-brd for the review, I so agree

Minnie and Rotary Connection are not easy to get, for me, because I am so new to this and the review bye J took me ten fold into a better understanding. I am cultish now. I loved Minnie way back in the 70's, wow, but now that I know there was this swinging history, I cannot get enough, the 70's dont compare. I am on a new journey and loving it. Minnie, we are here and for sometime to come!


Nacido/a: Chicago, IL, 08 de noviembre de 1947

Género: R&B/Soul

Años de actividad: '60s, '70s

The tragic 1979 death of 31-year-old Minnie Riperton silenced one of soul music's most unique and unforgettable voices — blessed with an angelic five-octave vocal range, she scored her greatest commercial success with the chart-topping pop ballad "Lovin' You." Riperton was born in Chicago on November 8, 1947; as a youth she studied music, drama, and dance at the city's Lincoln Center and later contemplated a career in opera. Her pop career began in 1961 when she joined the local girl group...
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