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Doris Troy (Apple / EMI)

Doris Troy (Apple / EMI)

 

6.3

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UK release date 25.10.2010

This lady once said that working with The Beatles was a phenomenal experience. Not only was she able to express herself freely in the recording studio but she had a ‘gorgeous flat to live in too’.

Recording for the Fab Four’s record label, Apple, was obviously a dream come true for any act, but to have the personal involvement of George Harrison as well – magic! Anyway, George produced Billy Preston’s debut Apple album first. Doris’s friend Madeline Bell introduced her to Billy and he introduced her toâ€Â¦well the rest is history. Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman also participated in the recording sessions, indicating a major historical jam session for sure. Anyway, from the opening track 'Ain’t That Cute' (also the first single) written by George, American born Doris’ distinctive R&B vocals settled easily into this pot pourie of musical styles.

Further collaborations with Ringo, Stephen Stills and Apple artist Jackie Lomax extended her musical statements that crossed mid tempo, high melody, into rock and red-blooded gospel. Doris, who co-wrote most of the titles, also produced this set, except for the opening song, was an incredible and irreplaceable talent in the R&B world. The lady died on 16 February 2004, following a battle with emphysema. She was 67 years old. And, methinks this original 1970 release, which has been re-issued a handful of times, is a must for true soul fans.
Words SHARON DAVIS

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