“A Legend In Her Own Time” by Doris Duke - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1971Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

By the fall of 1970 independent producer Jerry Williams had moved from the Capricorn Studios team to Quin Ivy’s Quinvy Studios, famous for producing Percy Sledge’s seminal “When a Man Loves a Woman”. Reluctantly he brought along the equally reluctant Doris Duke with him – although they didn’t like each other they had worked brilliantly together on 1969’s “I’m A Loser” LP. This one considerably tones down the gritty southern soul aesthetics in favour of a smoother brand of Gladys Knight style adult orientated soul pop, expressive interpretations of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and all that jazz. Despite some nice string arrangements and a full band production, end results were not a patch on the debut – the songs weren’t as strong and the band didn’t grip anywhere near as much. Jerry even tries to exert his famous love for the country genre via “Bad Water”, the albums bum-dum low point. Doris herself disagrees mind you, in later interviews she stated that she thought this was the superior set. Nice try Doris…

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A1 [03:42] 4.9.png Doris Duke - I Wish I Could Sleep (Jimmy Roach) Soul Ballad
A2 [02:40] 5.1.png Doris Duke - It Sure Was Fun (Jerry Williams Jr., Gary Bonds) Soul
A3 [02:58] 4.9.png Doris Duke - I Don’t Know How (To Fall Out Of Love With You) (Jimmy Roach) Soul
A4 [03:25] 5.0.png Doris Duke - He’s Everything I Need (Bob Tubert, Demetriss Tapp) Soul
A5 [02:22] 4.7.png Doris Duke - I’d Do It All Over You (Jerry Williams Jr.) Soul
A6 [03:58] 5.3.png Doris Duke - If She’s Your Wife (Who Am I) (Jerry Williams Jr., Charles Whitehead) Soul Ballad
B1 [02:52] 5.0.png Doris Duke - Since I Fell For You (Buddy Johnson) Soul Ballad
B2 [02:21] 4.8.png Doris Duke - Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) Soul
B3 [02:31] 4.3.png Doris Duke - Let Love Touch Us Now (Charles Quillen, Grady Smith) Soul
B4 [03:22] 3.8.png Doris Duke - Bad Water (Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers) Pop
B5 [04:01] 4.3.png Doris Duke - By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Jimmy Webb) Pop Ballad
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