Queen of the Night (Remastered) Maggie Bell

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  • 1Caddo Queen03:34
  • 2A Woman Left Lonely03:50
  • 3Souvenirs05:31
  • 4After Midnight02:31
  • 5Queen of the Night04:01
  • 6Oh My My02:56
  • 7As the Years Go Passing By04:15
  • 8Yesterday's Music03:23
  • 9We Had It All02:52
  • 10The Other Side02:54
  • 11Trade Winds05:07
  • Total Runtime40:54

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Maggie Bell's beautiful voice rings true in this, her first solo album, originally released in 1974. Here Bell (who first gained notoriety with Stone the Crows) is accompanied by many talented musicians of the period, including Steve Gadd on drums and guitarists Cornell Dupree, Reggie Young, Chuck Rainey and Barry Goldberg. Featuring stellar versions of John Prine's "Souvenirs," JJ Cale's "After Midnight" (which is even better than Eric Clapton's version), a very intimate version of "A Woman Left Lonely," famously covered by Janis Joplin on Pearl, and a beautiful and intense "As the Years Go Passing By." This Akarma reissue also features a superb live version of Free's celebrated "Wishing Well" as a bonus track. Maggie Bell is the greatest Scottish soul-rock singer of all time and this album is precious testimony to that fact.

"Producer Jerry Wexler puts the earthy vocals of Maggie Bell in a beautiful setting here. She stretches John Prine's "Souvenirs" to the max with Steve Gadd ably assisting by splashing the drums as deep as Bell's vocals. Her uptempo version of J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" is more captivating than Eric Clapton's; she oozes that Etta James sexuality while Reggie Young throws some tasty guitar into the semi-calypso groove. Bell's identity is unique on much of the material, but a couple of tunes have her paying tribute to some of her sisters. The title track, "Queen of the Night," is drenched in gorgeous harmonies by the Sweet Inspirations and is pure Genya Ravan, but conversely, the cover of "A Woman Left Lonely," embraced totally by Janis Joplin on Pearl, is a sweet vocal and totally alien to how Joplin ripped the song to shreds so wonderfully. It works on an entirely different level on Queen of the Night -- Bell's voice is an instrument that slips into different styles on a moment's notice. She takes the fun but silly Ringo Starr/Vini Poncia number five hit from the same year and gives it some style, then turns around with Deadric Malone's "As the Years Go Passing By" and delivers another brand of quality sound. Cornell Dupree's fabulous guitar leads cook in the background -- the frosting on the cake for "As the Years Go Passing By." Intense and beautiful, it is the real sleeper here. While Merry Clayton was singing backup on Ringo Starr's "Oh My My" and ex-Black Oak Arkansas Ruby Starr would track Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," Bell broke through her Stone the Crows image to cover a range of ideas, giving even David Clayton Thomas some respectability, taking his original "Yesterday's Music" to new heights with a Bonnie Bramlett-style touch of gospel. From Will Jennings to Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, Bell's Queen of the Night is a stunningly marvelous mix of blues, pop, soul, and Southern rock. "We Had It All" builds with a smoldering tension that gives Bell a platform for her inspired phrasings. Sager must've been over the top when she first heard this version of "The Other Side." This is music straight from the heart, which concludes with "Trade Winds," piano, drums, and Bell's voice tapering off like the end of a great set at some intimate nightclub. This is an extraordinary creation worth pulling out when you want to appreciate a fine wine like Queen of the Night." (Joe Viglione, AMG)

Maggie Bell, vocals
Arthur Jenkins, keyboards
Barry Goldberg, keyboards
Leon Pendarvis, keyboards
Richard Tee, keyboards
Reggie Young, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Hugh McCracken, guitar
Chuck Rainey, bass
Bill Salter, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Ralph MacDonald, percussion
The Sweet Inspirations, backing vocals

Produced by Jerry Wexler

Digitally remastered

Maggie Bell
Scottish soul-rock singer Maggie Bell initial gained prominence singing with Rock the Crows, which released its initial album in 1970 and split up in June 1973. Bell proceeded to go single with Queen of the night time (offering the U.S. amount 97 “After Midnight”) in 1974, accompanied by Suicide Sal, both which charted within the U.S. Her just U.K. graph singles was included with “Hazell” (amount 37) in 1978, along with a duet with B.A. Robertson, “Keep Me” (amount 11), in 1981.

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