Minnie Riperton: Her Chess Years
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Her Chess Years boasts 16 incredible tunes from Minnie Riperton’s tenure on the legendary Chicago label, opening with the glorious “All of It” which she cut when singing lead for the mid-‘60s girl-group the Gems. The sweltering and steamy “Lonely Girl” was recorded by Riperton in 1966 under the pseudonym Andrea Davis and there are plenty of her trademark glass-shattering laser-falsetto high-notes soaring all over this tune. For anyone who has ever wanted to put soulful and psychedelic Christmas carols on a holiday mix, look no further than her stunning renditions of Morris Dollison’s “Christmas Love” and “Silent Night” recorded with Rotary Connection. Speaking of psychedelia, Rotary Connection’s take on Cream’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” is actually weirder and more beautiful than the original with its orchestral arrangements, jazzy guitar tones, flute solos and ethereal wind chimes underscoring Riperton’s rhythmic inflections. They also turn Jimi Hendrix’s “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” into a panoramic symphony, though it’s the uplifting and anthemic “Want You to Know” which may be the best tune here.
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!
Born: November 8, 1947 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs By Minnie Riperton
||Lovin' You||Capitol Gold: The Best of Minnie Riperton||3:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Inside My Love||Capitol Gold: The Best of Minnie Riperton||3:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Memory Lane (Single Version)||Capitol Gold: The Best of Minnie Riperton||3:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Am the Black Gold of the Sun||Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 3||5:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lovin' You||Perfect Angel||3:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Les Fleurs||Come to My Garden (Remastered)||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Respect||Minnie Riperton: Her Chess Years||3:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Only When I'm Dreaming||Come to My Garden (Remastered)||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Come to My Garden||Come to My Garden (Remastered)||3:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Comfort (A.K.A. Come Live with Me, Angel)||Musical Massage||6:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|