A great chapter in the career of British pop singer Lulu – one that had her growing up a lot from earlier years, and working in American with some very hip backings! This 2CD package brings together the albums New Routes and Melody Fair, plus a full set of bonus tracks as well! New Routes has Lulu recording at Muscle Shoals with Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin – following a path taken earlier by Dusty Springfield, in a way that really deepens the soul of Lulu's music. The fragile tones of her "To Sir With Love" years are replaced by much more solid, soulful expressions – in a range of titles that include tracks from American soul and country, plus a few key Bee Gees covers as well (no surprise, given that Lulu was married to Maurice
Gibb at the time!) Backing includes some key Muscle Shoals regulars, plus Duane Allman on guitar – and titles include "Marley Purt Drive", "After All", "Dirty Old Man", "Sweep Around Your Own Back Door", "Where's Eddie", "Oh Me Oh My", and "Is That You Love". On Melody Fair, Lulu takes a trip down to Criteria Studios in Miami – working at Atlantic Record's new heart of southern soul for the 70s – but coming up with styles that are a fair bit like her previous outing at Muscle Shoals! As on that one, production is by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin – and the overall sound's expanded a bit more here – to include rhythm by The Dixie Flyers, vocals from The Sweet Inspirations, and some added horns from The Memphis Horns – all of whom help continue the maturing trend of Lulu's Atlantic years – a new move into soulful styles that's totally great! Titles include "Good Day Sunshine", "Vine Street", "Saved", "Hum A Song", "To The Other Woman", and "Melody Fair". CD 2 features 16 more bonus tracks – added material recorded later at Criteria, plus a few more with Wes Farrel and Mike Melvoin – titles that include "Bury Me Down By The River", "Come Down In Time", "Joker's Wild", "Got To Believe In Love", "Hum A Song (session version)", "Povera Me", "It Takes A Real Man", "Goodbye My Love Goodbye", "Things Are Getting Better", "Love Song", and "Even If I Could Change".