Irma Thomas
Soul Queen Of New Orleans

Soul Queen Of New Orleans




For the past 50 years Irma Thomas has been the undisputed Soul Queen Of New Orleans, recording for labels such as Chess, Imperial and Island, scoring pop and R&B hits and releasing Grammy nominated albums. Despite this illustrious career many soul fans regard her earliest recordings as her finest.

Thomas was discovered by bandleader Tommy Ridgley while waitressing in the Pimilico club in New Orleans. Ridgley helped her win a contract with the Ron label, before moving to the Bandy and Minit label, where she teamed up with the legendary producer Allen Toussaint.

Disc 1 of this 2CD set features the all the singles she recorded for Minit, Ron and Bandy along with b-sides and demos. The demos have been specially enhanced for this release to remove the audible tape noises which versions blighted previously available.

Disc 2 features a 1976 live performance recorded at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, originally released that year on Island Records. For the show Thomas was reunited with Tommy Ridgley and blasted through many of the New Orleans classics featuered on Disc 1, along with her covers of contemporary disco hits 'Lady Marmalade' and 'Shame, Shame, Shame'.

Soul Queen Of New Orleans is packaged in a deluxe mediabook.

Disc One
Ron/Minit/Bandy Masters 1960-1963

  1. Don’t Mess With My Man
  2. Set Me Free
  3. A Good Man
  4. I May Be Wrong
  5. Cry On
  6. Girl Needs Boy
  7. It’s Too Soon To Know
  8. That’s All I Ask
  9. I Done Got Over
  10. Gone
  11. It’s Raining
  12. I Did My Part
  13. Two Winters Long
  14. Somebody Told You
  15. Ruler Of My Heart
  16. (You Ain’t) Hittin On Nothing
  17. For Goodness Sake
  18. Look Up [aka Whenever]
  19. Your Love Is True [Demo]
  20. It’s Too Soon To Know [Demo]

Disc Two
Live April 1976 at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

  1. You Can Have My Husband
  2. Cry On
  3. I Won’t Cry
  4. Ruler Of My Heart
  5. I Done Got Over
  6. It’s Raining
  7. Shame, Shame,Shame
  8. Hip Shakin’ Mama
  9. Lady Marmalade
  10. Wish Someone Would Care

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