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Album Review

Like the music of Honey Cone, Freda Payne, 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) and the Chairmen of the Board, Laura Lee's Greatest Hits underscores the fact that the demise of Holland/Dozier/Holland's Hot Wax label in 1974 wasn't due to a lack of strong material. Essentially, distribution problems killed the company, where former gospel singer turned brassy soul shouter Lee recorded some of her best work. The big-voiced Lee was best known for humorous yet biting songs encouraging women to demand respectful treatment in relationships — a theme that makes for powerful listening on such classics as "Wedlock Is a Padlock," "Crumbs Off the Table" and her best-known hits "Rip Off" and "Women's Love Rights." Lee's Hot Wax output has all of the trademarks of a Holland/Dozier/Holland project — tough, gospel-influenced belting is combined with a sleek production style. In fact, Lee's heartfelt singing is no less gritty than Carla Thomas' work at Stax; the main difference lies in the approach to production. But as talented as she was, Lee faded into obscurity after Hot Wax's demise.

Customer Reviews


This album brings back so many memories. My parents use to play these cuts when I was a kid. I love song #11!! Most people have never heard of Laura Lee but she is a house hold name where I come from.


I've just discovered Laura Lee. Such an amazing voice. THIS is what you call music!!!

Bobby Bee

Laura Lee was the Fantasia of her day!


Born: March 9, 1945 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Paranormal

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A tough '60s soul singer with a salty sense of humor (aimed mostly at the men in her life), Laura Lee recorded at Rick Hall's FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals for the Chess label, and later for Hot Wax. In songs like "Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary," "A Man with Some Backbone," and the anthemic "Women's Love Rights," the female experience was brazenly discussed, debated, kicked around, and, finally, celebrated. Her music laid the groundwork for artists like Millie Jackson and Denise LaSalle...
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Laura Lee: Greatest Hits, Laura Lee
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul
  • Released: Jul 01, 1991

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