Sunday, March 21, 2010
RUTH BROWN - ANYONE BUT YOU b/w IT TEARS ME TO PIECES
Incredibly popular throughout the 50's, by 1961 Ruth Brown was a fading star. Trends were changing, and her sound became the sound of a bygone era when culture was changing at an incredibly rapid rate. On this record, we hear the sublime voice of Ruth matched with hot, young producer Phil Spector for what is, in my opinion, her finest record.
The chilling "Anyone But You" is delivered by the voice of someone who has known absolute heartbreak and has lived to tell (read more about Ruth here, on the always excellent Spectropop website, while b-side It Tears Me To Pieces is a cool, slow burner that once again shows this woman was one of the finest singers of any era.
RUTH BROWN - ANYONE BUT YOU