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Take My Heart [Hybrid SACD]

Claire Martin Audio CD
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1. Riverman
2. Take My Heart
3. Only The Lonely
4. Queen Bee
5. Brilliant Trees
6. Jonah
7. Help!
8. Inner City Girl
9. Pleading Guilty
10. I Scare Myself
11. Baby Plays Around

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Originally Release : '99 from first lady of British Jazz ! With special guest Oasis' Noel Gallagher ( acoustic guitar ) ,Jason Rebello (bassoon); Robin Miller (harmonica).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow music at its finest June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Claire's previous albums had all been pure jazz, but on this album she experimented with pop/rock influences. This upset some of her fans but I found this album to be most enjoyable. Other fans seem disappointed at the lack of up-tempo songs here, but that, too, is fine by me.
The songs demonstrate Claire's eclectic taste in music. Pop and rock are represented by Riverman (Nick Drake), Take my heart (Engelbert Humperdinck), Queen bee (Rupert Holmes), Brilliant trees (David Sylvian), Jonah (Paul Simon), Help (Beatles) and Baby plays around (Elvis Costello). Yet all these songs are well chosen and suit Claire ideally. She co-wrote two of the songs (Inner city girl, Pleading guilty) while she also does a wonderful version of Only the lonely - the song written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen, not the more famous pop song made famous by Roy Orbison.
Of the songs here, perhaps the most surprising is Help. This is slowed right dow, done as plaintive ballad. Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) helped with the arrangement and also played acoustic guitar. Perhaps more than any other track here, this demonstrates why people have such contrasting feelings about this album. Some can't stand this re-interpretation but I love it.
While this is not Claire's strongest album (that accolade goes to her 2002 album, Too darn hot), this is a lovely, mellow album that sets its own mood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a chance on this one July 21 2001
By Steve Brown (stephen_j_brown@hotmail.com)) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Claire Martin, probably the best Jazz singer working in the in UK today, has always stood just outside the mainstream. Her superb vocal talents (probably best exemplified on her live album Offbeat) have always impressed; her choice of material has always been spot on. Slightly quirky, maybe, but right there where you want it nevertheless. With this album she is pushing the boundaries just a little further. I saw her perform a set based on this CD at Ronnie Scott's club and she was, of course, excellent. I couldn't help feeling, however, that just a couple of more obviously 'jazz' tracks would have set the scene and eased the audience into this material a little more gently. And it's the same with the CD. If you're looking for straight-ahead jazz such as you found on Offbeat, or Devil May Care and aren't prepared to humour Ms Martin for a few hours then I would advise you not to bother. If, on the other hand, you're up for a bit of something different then go on! Take a chance! You won't be disappointed. The singing is there; the talent is there; the music is there. All the lady needs is an audience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow music at its finest June 4 2004
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Claire's previous albums had all been pure jazz, but on this album she experimented with pop/rock influences. This upset some of her fans but I found this album to be most enjoyable. Other fans seem disappointed at the lack of up-tempo songs here, but that, too, is fine by me.
The songs demonstrate Claire's eclectic taste in music. Pop and rock are represented by Riverman (Nick Drake), Take my heart (Engelbert Humperdinck), Queen bee (Rupert Holmes), Brilliant trees (David Sylvian), Jonah (Paul Simon), Help (Beatles) and Baby plays around (Elvis Costello). Yet all these songs are well chosen and suit Claire ideally. She co-wrote two of the songs (Inner city girl, Pleading guilty) while she also does a wonderful version of Only the lonely ? the song written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen, not the more famous pop song made famous by Roy Orbison.
Of the songs here, perhaps the most surprising is Help. This is slowed right dow, done as plaintive ballad. Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) helped with the arrangement and also played acoustic guitar. Perhaps more than any other track here, this demonstrates why people have such contrasting feelings about this album. Some can't stand this re-interpretation but I love it.
While this is not Claire's strongest album (that accolade goes to her 2002 album, Too darn hot), this is a lovely, mellow album that sets its own mood.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly disappointing Aug. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time fan of Claire Martin, I was eagerly looking forward to her latest release; her five previous having all been wonderful. She has taken a different approach this time, and opted for a repertoire different from the classic jazz she normally sings. It could have been an interesting experiment, but it just doesn't quite work. The first song, "Riverman", is excellent, and I thought that I was going to be in for a treat: Claire's sexy, smoky voice singing a different kind of jazz, with strings, electric guitars, etc. But the album declines after that. "Take my Heart" and "I scare myself" are rather feeble Latin jazz numbers that sound more cliched than anything else. "Queen Bee" is painful to listen to, unless you're a huge fan of 70s funk and soul, and even then, it's probably a bad imitation. "Jonah" by Paul Simon and "Baby Plays Around" by Elvis Costello are surprising entries and work pretty well, but the cover of "Help!", arranged by Noel Gallagher (Oasis) just doesn't work at all. I found the CD to be overly mellow, though perhaps that was the intent. So I have to give the album only 3 stars, and hope that Claire comes up with something better the next time around. If you want to hear her with much stronger material, try "Devil May Care" or "Offbeat", both excellent earlier releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOULFUL LATE NITE SMOKEY JAZZ July 3 2003
By Mr. Anthony W. Harden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This one whilst different from her straight ahead jazz albums is awsome. Great sultry smokey late nite jazz vocals wrapped around good arrangements make this one a must. Like a fine wine this one grows on you with each listen.Well done Claire a great release.
3.0 out of 5 stars music ok, sound is better March 27 2005
By Eric Phillip Moss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Don't let my thoughts on the music drive you away from trying some (other) Claire Martin album -- she has a great, sultry, smoky voice reminiscent of Dusty Springfield. In fact, it was hearing Riverman on NPR that got me to buy this, as that tune reminds me of Dusty's "Look of Love" from Casino Royale. As for the rest of the album, it strikes me as a nice, if uninvolving, pastiche of styles made famous by Petula Clark and others that I can best describe as... very... British (which is not a disparagement, just a description).

(edited from original): I have decided that my pre-amp was to blame for my former dislike of the sonics on this album, and not the album itself. This Linn disc is actually really good sonically, but I will say that on less-than-great equipment might sound dull -- the cymbal brushes are subtle, as are the rest of the percussive sounds. On my messed up old system, nothing sparkled unless it had an 'agressive' sound, which this does not.
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