180g Vinyl Double LP!
Soul Legend P.P. Arnold Releases Her First Album In 51 Years!
"Ive been a fan of PP ever since hearing The First Cut, and then Tin Soldier. Her voice is still as great as it was when she was 18/19 years old! Steve Cradock has tried to keep something of the early Immediate Records sound on this new record, whilst still sounding fresh, and it is for me one of the finest in her collection" Paul Weller
Five decades after she became a 60s icon with the timeless pop hits The First Cut Is The Deepest and Angel Of The Morning on Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldhams ultra-hip Immediate label, soul singer P.P. Arnold now releases a double-album of stunning new material featuring contributions from, among others, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scenes Steve Cradock, The Specials and P.Ps songwriter son, Kodzo.
Titled 'The New Adventures Of P.P. Arnold' and released via earMUSIC, the album crowns an extraordinary career that has seen the singer back Ike & Tina Turner as one of The Ikettes, record with Mick Jagger, the Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Barry Gibb and Primal Scream, and provide her distinctive backing vocals for Billy Ocean, Peter Gabriel, the KLF, Paul Weller and, most recently, Roger Waters.
'The New Adventures Of P.P. Arnold' was recorded and produced by life-long P.P. enthusiast, OCS star and Paul Weller band guitarist Steve Cradock at his Kundalini Studio in Devon, and follows on after a 51-year gap from the singers two legendary solo albums on Immediate Records, 'The First Lady Of Immediate (1967) and 'Kafunta' (1968), as well as a more recent compilation of previously unreleased material from the late 60s and 70s, The Turning Tide (2017).
"Ive got this huge catalogue of records Ive sung on, but I have only released two albums - and theyve stood the test of time," P.P. explains. "Its been about quality not quantity! Ive had to deal with a lot of tragedy. You kind of think people at record companies have forgotten about you, but Steve and [his wife] Sally have really made this happen. Steves production is slamming."
The beginnings of the album - spanning classic orchestral soul (Baby Blue, Finally Found My Way Back Home), sunshine pop (The Magic Hour), house music (Hold On To Your Dreams), a spine-chilling gospel elegy inspired by her daughters death (Ill Always Remember You), two Paul Weller originals (When I Was Part Of Your Picture, Shoot The Dove) and an epic, edgy 10-minute reading of Bob Dylans poem The Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie can be traced back 25 years to 1994.
Worldwide tours with Roger Waters put the project on the backburner, but when Cradock rediscovered the tapes during a house move four years ago, both parties were excited about the prospect of finally completing an album.
"Its great that Im coming back with this record," says P.P. "Even now, Im still finding my way, because the industry changes every decade, and youre sometimes out of the loop. For me its all about faith, meditating, love, praying try to be ready and dont give up the fight. Thats the message."
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
• Limited time digital download
• Made in Germany
1. Baby Blue
2. Though It Hurts Me Badly
3. The Magic Hour
4. Different Drum
1. I Believe
2. Hold On To Your Dreams
3. I'm A Dreamer
4. When I Was Part Of Your Picture
1. Shoot The Dove
2. I Finally Found My Way Back Home
3. You Got Me
4. Daltry Street
1. Still Trying
2. Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie
3. I'll Always Remember You... (Debbie's Song)