SP 69851 Steppin' Out
Produced by Glyn Johns
Released on May 1979
no chart information
Find it at GEMM
SP 69851 cover
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A live album recorded with yet another backing band, this time featuring Richie Hayward and Lon Price. Steppin’ Out is a little out of the ordinary: unreleased in the U.S., unencumbered with popular songs like “Show Some Emotion” or “Down To Zero.” Clearly not the concerthall compilation of classics, this is a more intimate setting, an opportunity to celebrate the early Night and happy memories from Limit, Emotion and the eponymous third nipple. Highlights include a lovingly rendered “Cool Blue Stole My Heart,” “You Rope You Tie Me” and the tender “Love and Affection.” Maybe not what you were expecting from the artist in 1979 (“How Cruel” provides a peek into the electric adventures to come), if you were expecting a live album at all. I wasn’t. Wasn’t disappointed either. Joan is softspoken on the intros, fiery during the performances and a strictly top-shelf band treats the material with care. More or less what you’d expect in terms of Joan’s tones, with no great revelation and no gaffes. Unlike the other Joni, Joan doesn’t reinvent the arrangements. “Cool Blue” steals more of the spotlight than I expected, and this version of “You Rope You Tie Me” is bound to catch your attention. The rest of them roll like I remember, played out in front of a modest North American audience, which one can only assume is some secret code for Canada. In 2006, Hip-O re-released this on CD with a new cover and no new tracks (uncharacteristically unhip for them).

TRACK LISTING

  1. MAMA MERCY    3:45
  2. COOL BLUE STOLE MY HEART    7:12
  3. HOW CRUEL    2:30
  4. LOVE SONG    3:38
  5. LOVE AND AFFECTION    4:52
  6. STEPPIN' OUT    3:31
  7. YOU ROPE YOU TIE ME    4:36
  8. KISSIN' AND A HUGGIN'    5:59
  9. TALL IN THE SADDLE    6:31

    All songs written by Joan Armatrading

CREDITS

JOAN ARMATRADING -- vocals, guitar
BILL BODINE -- bass
RICHIE HAYWARD -- drums
RICKY HIRSH -- lead guitar
LON PRICE -- saxophone & flute
RED YOUNG -- keyboards
Glyn Johns -- engineer
Roland Young -- art direction
Chuck Beeson -- album design
Annie Liebovitz -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET May 1979 A&M LP AMLH-64789 gatefold cover
AUSL/NZ 1979 A&M LP L-37048  
CAN 1979 A&M LP SP-4789  
CAN   A&M LP SP 69851  
US November 14, 2006 Hip-O Select CDLE 7048140 ltd.ed. 5,000 copies

 

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