Rozetta Johnson - A Woman's Way - The Complete 1963-1975 CD
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A Woman's Way - The Complete 1963-1975 CD

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Title: A Woman's Way - The Complete 1963-1975 CD
Artist: Rozetta Johnson
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND456
Format: CD
Genre: 60s Soul, 70s Soul, Southern & Deep Soul
Release Year: 2016
Condition: New & Sealed

1. I'VE COME TOO FAR WITH YOU (TO TURN BACK NOW)
2. MAMA WAS A BAD SEED
3. YOU BETTER KEEP WHAT YOU GOT
4. I CAN FEEL MY LOVE COMIN' DOWN
5. FOR THAT MAN OF MINE
6. IT'S NICE TO KNOW
7. THAT HURTS
8. WILLOW WEEP FOR ME *
9. UNDERSTAND MY MAN *
10. MINE WAS REAL
11. A WOMAN'S WAY
12. WHO YOU GONNA LOVE (YOUR WOMAN OR YOUR WIFE)
13. HOLDING THE LOSING HAND
14. CHAINED AND BOUND
15. CAN'T YOU JUST SEE ME
16. TO LOVE SOMEBODY
17. PERSONAL WOMAN
18. (I LIKE MAKING THAT) EARLY MORNING LOVE
19. IT'S BEEN SO NICE
20. HOW CAN YOU LOSE SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD
21. I CAN FEEL MY LOVE COMIN' DOWN
22. I'VE COME TOO FAR WITH YOU (TO TURN BACK NOW)

  * ROSETTA JOHNSON & THE ORGANETTES 

Birmingham AL, singer Rozetta Johnson recorded some marvellous examples of southern soul in the 60s and 70s, particularly when collaborating with songwriter Sam Dees, who was also from that city. This CD features all her known recordings from those decades; only some much later gospel recordings are absent.

 

 Her extremely scarce 1961 single for NRC was a live club recording, but a virtuoso performance of the standard ‘Willow Weep For Me’ and a John Hayden original ‘Understand My Man’ demonstrate Rozetta’s considerable talents. Though there was a four-year gap to her next release, she was still with Hayden who took her to Jessica Records with two more of his compositions. ‘It’s Nice To Know’ was an exceptional ballad that Atlantic then picked up for national release.

 

 A further five year hiatus, which included much live work around Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama with Dees, Bill Brandon and Lorraine Johnson (no relation), saw Rozetta signed with the Moonsong/Clintone Birmingham set-up. Her first and second releases, ‘A Woman’s Way’ and ‘Who You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife)’, were R&B hits, provided and produced by Sam Dees. Her next four discs did not chart but laid down a body of work any soul singer could be proud of. Indeed, a leading British soul journalist included ‘Who You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife)’ on his prestigious “Deep Soul Treasures” series and waxed lyrically about her vocals.

 

 Kent discovered the epic ‘I've Come Too Far With You (To Turn Back Now)’ when researching the Clintone recordings in the 90s. ‘Mama Was a Bad Seed’, ‘You Better Keep What You Got’ and ‘For That Man of Mine’ turned up on a Soulscape CD in 2007. Subsequently we have discovered an alternate vocal and longer version of ‘I've Come Too Far With You (To Turn Back Now)’, alternate vocal and backing vocals to ‘I Can Feel My Love Comin' Down’ and an alternate vocal and a different male rap vocal on ‘How Can You Lose Something You Never Had’. ‘Mama Was a Bad Seed’ has added instrumentation and ‘You Better Keep What You Got’ is longer and in improved audio.

 

 Rozetta’s songs are as popular as ever among the cognoscenti and modern soul crowds will be thrilled to hear the new take on the in-demand ‘How Can You Lose Something You Never Had’. Finally her complete secular recordings are available on one disc. - Ace Records


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