Dee Dee Warwick
Opening strong with title song 'Foolish Fool', this is one of many examples of lost opportunities for huge dual Pop/Soul chart successes as Dee Dee rips this soulful gem to shreds, musicians are clearly inspired by her spectacular performance as quality of arrangement matches stellar vocal...
Heavenly choir framing another tremendous vocal make 'Thank God' a deeply moving experience by a real singer who clearly on many different levels is among the chosen few, haunting urgency make 'When Love Slips Away' another keeper in a collection filled with them... Stand-outs abound throughout superb 'Foolish Fool' collection, beautifully orchestrated 'Alfie' features a richly soaring vocal that is breathtaking and magical, from the depths of her soul 'That's Not Love' is another riveting gem from winning Dee Dee/Ed Townsend pairing, clearly a match made in musical heaven. Mesmerizing 'Next Time (You Fall In Love)' features a sublime vocal filled with drama and pathos, will spin around in the listeners head long after it is over as will the entire collection.
Bonus tracks include Sammy Cahn gem from movie 'A Touch Of Class' and 'All The Love That Went To Waste' has that unmistakable sound of 'hit' all through it, ditto a stellar unique take on 'I (Who Have Nothing)'. Glorious vocal magic make 'I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do' majestic & memorable while ethereal 'Ring Of Bright Water' vocal enchants...
These amazing performances are powerful lost masterful performances now thankfully found... Hours and hours of pleasurable listening experiences await any lucky music lover who acquires this fantastic engrossing collection of timeless performances. Love and miss you Dee Dee Warwick, RIP special lady... (September 24, 2012)
When DeDe signed to Atco in 1970, she did much better work than her days at Blue Rock/Mercury. First off... This CD starts off with her No.9 R&B hit 'She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talkin')', which kicks ass! It is very Ray Charles-ish. I love her cover of Carmen McRae's 'More Today Than Yesterday', and her 'Make Love To Me. But I think the CD really gets into high-gear with songs like 'Who Will Your Next Fool Be?', 'Down So Low', 'If This Was The Last Song', and 'I'm Glad I'm a Woman'.
Those songs though are just the start of it all. At the beginning of the 11th song 'Searchin', it sounds like the rhythmic open to the show 'TAXI'. But I love her hit 'Cold Night in Georgia', and her reedition of Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' ain't half bad. One of my two all-time favorite songs on this CD is her retitled remake of Gladys Knight's 'Signed, Gladys' retitled 'Signed, DeDe'. It's so good, and very moving, about a woman who wants to break up with her man by writing him a letter, but at the last minute decides not to send it, because she loves him after all. The best song on this CD, I feel is the previously unreleased ballad 'Love I Found (In You)'. You can totally tell where Whitney Houston got her singing talent. In fact, if any of you out there get a chance to hear it, it reminds me of Whitney's 'I Will Always Love You'. (November 25, 2004)
The sound on the CDR was absolutely atrocious while that on the Ichicban CD was fuller but a product of 90s A to D conversion technology. This present set, to a major extent, rectifies the sound problems of these two releases (although it should be noted that WEA Japan released 'Turning Around' in their Atlantic 1000 R & B Best Collection last year (WPCR-27633) with a pretty good mastering job) with a far superior remaster that has tended to reduce the tape hiss.
Also, this set includes all of the unreleased Atco material by Ms. Warwick that Mr. Nathan was able to find in the WEA tape vaults. Of these 12 are unreleased and add additional reason to add this set to your collection if Dee Dee Warwick's 'Turning Around' was one of your favorite LPs. The unreleased tracks are however, a mixed bag. The two takes on Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" add nothing to the original while others are okay to good. As we advance into the 21st century more and more "unreleased treasures" prove to be as uninteresting as they were when they were originally shelved. The liner notes from Mr. Nathan expand on his original ones on the Ichiban CD while the package design like most of the Real Gone re-releases is an eyesore, destined never to be considered for any design awards, unlike those from Ace, Hip-O, Rhino Handmade and Bear Family. Five stars plus for most of the music, 3 for the package, booklet and label. (August 3, 2014)
I think it's a shame that Dee Dee missed the recognition and admiration she deserved because she truly could sing it all, and she gave it her all on every song on this cd and, I am sure, every song she sang, period. Her version of 'Alfie' appears on this album, and it is incomparable. She sang from the deepest places inside, and it's evident here. It's all about the soul music when I get right down to it, and I just can't get enough Dee Dee Warwick. I highly recommend this album for anyone that wants to go beyond the usual offerings of soul from the radio and music store, and expand their listening enjoyment. (May 7, 2007)
She did the original of 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' which blows the Supremes & the Temptations successful cover out of the water! However my personal favorite that I can't stop playing is 'Yours Until Tomorrow' - if you've ever lost someone you love to someone else this will really resonate with what you were feeling! But she also shows her versatility with some great dancers such as 'Worth Every Tear That I Cry'. 'Girls Need Love' is written & produced by Gamble & Huff and has a lighter bouncy feel, and she sounds a bit more like Dionne, as is the next track 'I'll Be Better Off Without You'. If you want to dance there is a up-tempo version of the Mamas & the Papas 'Monday Monday' that will have your feet tapping.
You don't need me to go on - if you love soul you will love this CD. Just buy it asap. (June 28, 2012)
Dee Dee Warwick no sólo no tenía nada que envidiarle a Dionne, sino que sus capacidades vocales eran para algunos aún mayores, sin que ello le restase un ápice de soul.
Desgraciadamente en su camino se interpuso el imparable éxito de la hermana mayor, quitando todo el protagonismo a la pequeña. El resultado, el de siempre: una artista que, al tiempo que se veía injustamente subestimada por el gran público, era elevada a la categoría de mito por los connoisseurs. Mientras tanto, amantes del soul de todo el planeta, no dejéis de disfrutar de esta enigmática cantante cuyo color de voz recuerda en ocasiones al de otra de las grandes, Cissy Houston. No en vano les venía de familia. (June 30, 2004)
I don't care how many people I have played this for, they all say the same thing...Why was she not a huge star. And the only reason I can ever come up with is her record company promotion depts failing her. No one, including her sister, can belt out a song like she does with the feeling perfectly suited to each tune. A treasure!!!!!!!!!!!! (July 11, 2007)
Must mention the stand outs ~ 'Lovers Chant', 'I Want To Be With You', 'I’m Gonna Make You Love Me' and 'Foolish Fool' ~ realize with better songs available... Dee Dee might have surpassed her sister, better voice and control. (June 5, 2001)
I, too, have a vinyl copy worn thin, especially at the 'Alfie' track, one of the best love songs ever written and this version so superior to all others (yes even David McAlmont's).
I feel too spoiled at receiving this wonderful album and to find the extra treasures included is more than an ageing soul fan truly deserves. Like rediscovering Christmas I wallow in these new found tracks, who knew that 'Ring of Bright Water' was lurking waiting to be discovered.
You will hear what it really was all about back in the 60s, forget all that Motown mush this is the true soul of the sixties sound. (July 28, 2012)
Sadly Dee Dee is no longer around but left a number of magnificent musical treasures to savor and enjoy and 'Turning Around', filled with great performances is another great 'Unsung' masterwork...thankfully Atlantic Records loved all those great soulful Divas knowing how to produce them. Early nineties, 'Atlantic Sisters Of Soul' featured 'She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking)' showing Dee Dee as a stand-out in a amazing group of awesome soulful ladies and this great song is included in this stellar set of soulful gems, now available in the full glory of its original release, not before available on compact disc. Produced and arranged by legendary master Arif Mardin, 'Turning Around' backed by no less than Cissy Houston & The Sweet Inspirations is soulful singing at its finest...Bravo Dee Dee Warwick & RIP (July 12, 2011)
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