Dee Dee Bridgewater Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready 180g Import 2LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Double LP!
Featuring R&B Classics "Yes, I'm Ready", "I Can't Get Next To You" & More!
Dee Dee Bridgewater, real name Denise Eileen Garret born in Memphis,
Tennessee, is an American jazz, rhythm & blues singer and has recorded more than
20 high class soul and R&B albums since 1974. She worked with many of the
leading jazz musicians, like Chick Corea, Lenny White, and Stanley Clarke, and
is a three-time Grammy Award-winning-singer-songwriter.
Memphis…Yes, I'm Ready is, in her own words, "the going-home project" where she
sings classic R&B songs and honors her Memphis born soul. The opening
title-track "Yes, I'm Ready" was written by Barbara Mason and covered by
numerous artists, "Giving Up" was written by legendary soul artist Van McCoy,
the hit-single "I Can't Stand The Rain" was co-written by and a smash-hit for
Ann Peebles. Additionally there are more familiar songs: "Don't Be Cruel"
written by Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog", B. B King's "The Thrill
Is Gone" and all of the remaining tracks are fine examples of vintage
This brand-new album was produced at Royal Studios, the Memphis studio where
producer Willie Mitchell cut a string of hits with Al Green, Rod Stewart, Keith
Richards, Boz Scaggs and even Mark Ronson's (featuring Bruno Mars) "Uptown Funk"
was recorded at the same facility. Willie's son Lawrence co-produced the
sessions along with Dee Dee and her daughter Tulani Bridgewater.
Bridgewater delivers on soul classics such as 'Yes, I'm Ready,' 'Try a Little
Tenderness,' and 'B.A.B.Y.' is not a great surprise, but her transformation of
B.B. King's blues perennial 'The Thrill Is Gone' into a smoky late-night groove
is both unexpected and welcome, and she works an impressive transformation on
two numbers associated with Elvis Presley, 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Hound Dog,'
finding a tough R&B center inside them. 'The Sweeter He Is' gives Dee Dee a
chance to open up her soul and tell us some home truths about cheating men, and
the closing performance of the gospel standard '(Take My Hand) Precious Lord' is
glorious. Dee Dee Bridgewater strips off some of the polish from her style on
Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready without betraying her talent or best musical instincts,
and this detour into Soul City is a treat that should please her fans, as well
as anyone who digs Southern soul." - Mark Deming, allmusic.com
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold sleeve
1. Yes, I'm Ready
2. Giving Up
3. I Can't Get Next To You
1. Going Down Slow
2. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. The Sweeter He Is
3. I Can't Stand The Rain
1. Don't Be Cruel
2. Hound Dog
3. Try A Little Tenderness
4. (Take My Hand) Precious Lord