Joan Armatrading - AudioSoundMusic
Joan Armatrading - AudioSoundMusic
Joan Armatrading - AudioSoundMusic
Joan Armatrading - AudioSoundMusic

Joan Armatrading

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1LP, Old Style Tip-on Gatefold Jacket Art printed by Stoughton

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g Ultra-quiet vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : Intervention Records

Original Label : A&M Records

Produced and engineered by Glyn Johns

Mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray At CoHEARent Audio

Originally released in 1976

Reissued in 2020



Side A:

  1. Down To Zero
  2. Help Yourself
  3. Water With The Wine
  4. Love And Affection
  5. Save Me


Side B:

  1. Join The Boys
  2. People
  3. Somebody Who Loves You
  4. Like Fire
  5. Tall In The Saddle


Awards :

TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal


Reviews :

« Joan Armatrading's eponymous third album is a charmer, almost single-handedly elevating her into the ranks of rock's leading female artists. Up to this point, Armatrading had shown that she had a lovely voice and an ear for interesting arrangements, but her work had been steeped in the folk idiom of the early '70s. Her third album changed all that, with producer Glyn Johns bringing in members of Gallagher & Lyle, Fairport Convention, and the Faces to punch up her folksy sound with elements of rock, country, and disco. The result is her most muscular music to date, with Armatrading adopting a swagger that showed her tales of unluckiness in love didn't have to have dire consequences ("Tall in the Saddle," "Water With the Wine"). Of course, it helped that the record featured her best material delivered in a wonderfully expressive voice that can capture the shades between song and speech like a sweeter version of Ian Anderson. "Down to Zero" (which features pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole) and "Love and Affection" are the album's most memorable tracks, the latter breaking into the U.K.'s Top Ten (the album itself made the U.K. Top 20). But what endears this record to fans is the quality of each song; it wouldn't be fair to call anything here filler. The artsy and eclectic "Like Fire," the beautiful ballad "Save Me," and the ingratiating melodies of "Somebody Who Loves You" are just as likely to strike a chord with listeners as the better-known cuts. While Glyn Johns deserves credit for bringing Joan Armatrading's songs into a more flattering setting -- it's not coincidental that the record feels like a polished version of The Who by Numbers -- his real stroke of genius was letting the artist flower to her full potential. For many, this album remains the high point in her catalog. » AllMusic Review by Dave Connolly


« There's more bass on the new LP, more depth to the vocals, and less sibilance - but the new version is also darker-sounding, a little more closed-in. If you don't know Joan, she's worth discovering, and if you're an old fan with original copies - well, what vinyl fan ever said on their death bed, 'I wish I'd bought fewer records'? » Jim Austin, Stereophile, November 2020


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,84 / 5

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