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August 20, 2016

Elkie Brooks – Two Days Away (1977)

by Record Facts

Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder, 25 February 1945) is an English singer, a vocalist with the bands Dada and Vinegar Joe, and later a solo artist. She gained her biggest success in the late 1970s and 1980s and has been nominated twice for Brit Awards. She is known for her powerful husky voice and hit singles such as “Pearl’s a Singer“.

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Artist:  Elkie Brooks
Title:  Two Days Away
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 68409

Brooks’ breakthrough second album, released in 1977, propelled her into solo stardom in the UK and Europe. Including the top ten hits “Pearl’s a Singer” and “Sunshine After the Rain”, it had a distinct American sound largely due to the work of the legendary writers and producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

A perfect blend and combination of standards and orignal gems: a more polished and soulful offering with a US country twist which on the one hand softens and tones down the rougher edge of Elkie’s voice, away from that Janis Joplin sound,and reduces that overdone vibrato to a more sophisticated set of moods that still retains her signature sound. Highlights are ‘Pearl’s a Singer (Country), ‘Do Right Woman, Do Right Man’ (Aretha style soul), ‘Sunshine After the Rain (waht a truly breathtaking emotional interpretation!) and the sexy ‘Honey, Can I put Your Clothes On.’ This for me is one of the best UK female R&B/Pop albums since Dusty in Memphis

The album contained her version of a song written by Lieber & Stoller with US artists Dino & Sembello. The song was “Pearl’s A Singer” which became a chart smash and reminded listeners how strong a voice this lady had. Featuring The Muscle Shoals Horns the album rocketed into the UK charts and the next phase of Elkie’s career swung into overdrive.

 

Side one
1.  Love Potion No. 9  (3:42)
2.  Spiritland  (3:19)
3.  Honey, Can I Put On Your Clothes  (3:22)
4.  Sunshine After The Rain  (3:23)
5.  Pearl’s a Singer  (3:39)

Side two
1.  Mojo Hannah  (3:00)
2.  Do Right Woman, Do Right Man  (3:28)
3.  You Did Something For Me  (2:50)
4.  Nightbird  (3:06)
5.  Saved  (2:40)

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