A fantastic collection of work from the legendary Esther Phillips
– one of the most distinct voices in soul music, captured here during some key moments in her career! The box is huge – and begins with a full CD of tracks from Esther
's initial years on Lenox Records – a label that helped her mature from "Little Esther Phillips
", as a girl R&B singer in the 50s – to the much more mature artist she'd become on CTI/
Kudu in the 70s! The set features 20 Lenox tracks – the first a stunning set of country soul material that makes Esther
one of the first female artists to take on the work, followed by rare singles and a few duets with Big Al Downing. Next are 77 more tracks from Phillips
' years at Atlantic Records – material that initially takes off from the Lenox material, then moves into a really great range of styles – sometimes jazzy and sophisticated, sometimes rootsy and bluesy, sometimes a bit more deep soul too – including some live material that really shows the power she could pack at the time. In between the Atlantic cuts, are also nestled 6 more numbers recorded for Roulette Records in 1969 – especially rare tracks that have a slightly different approach – and which are a key part of the set here, along with some other unreleased material. Stunning – the first time Esther
's ever gotten such wonderful treatment – a big box set with detained notes too!