Presenting Cissy Houston - Cissy Houston

Presenting Cissy Houston
SoulMusic Records is proud to celebrate one of the ‘first families of soul music’ with the 2012 reissue of three titles that reflect the amazing talent of sisters Dee Dee Warwick and Dionne Warwick and their aunt Cissy Houston - via the Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick 1977 ‘live’ album  A Man & A Woman (SMCR-5055); an expanded edition of Dee Dee Warwick’s 1969 Foolish Fool LP (SMCR 5053); and this expanded edition of Cissy Houston’s first solo album, 1970’s PRESENTING CISSY HOUSTON.

The original LP (plus the bonus tracks included in this expanded edition) was reissued on CD in 1995 and included a special quote from Cissy’s superstar daughter (sadly, now the late) Whitney Houston and commentary from the late Luther Vandross (who considered Cissy his favourite singer): both are reproduced in the booklet for this 2012 reissue along with additional comments by Cissy’s famous niece Dionne Warwick and notes by SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan.


Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston began her musical career as a member of the famous gospel group, The Drinkard Singers.  By the early ‘60s, she had replaced her niece Dee Dee Warwick as part of the New York music scene’s most popular background vocalists (known as ‘The Group’), singing on hit records by many pop and R&B hitmakers of the day including Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke and a pre-‘Respect’ Aretha Franklin.  In 1967, the group became officially known as The Sweet Inspirations and recorded their own albums for Atlantic Records.  Cissy and The Sweets made four LPs (as well as touring with Aretha and with Elvis Presley) before Cissy opted for a solo career in 1970.


Her debut LP PRESENTING CISSY HOUSTON was initially released on Commonwealth United Records and after a short spell, reissued by Janus Records for whom Cissy continued to record until 1975.  The original album contained covers of popular soul and pop songs of the day including Bobby Darin’s ‘I’ll Be There’ (a top 20 R&B hit for Cissy), Melanie’s ‘Any Guy,’  The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ and The Beatles’ ‘The Long And Winding Road.’


This expanded edition of PRESENTING CISSY HOUSTON includes twelve bonus tracks, mostly singles, including Cissy’s original version of the Gladys Knight & The Pips’ classic, ‘Midnight Train To Georgia.’


Press:-

"Houston’s style can be a little overpowering but she hits the right balance more often than not, and excels on Jim Weatherly’s midnight train to Georgia, recorded in charming country style before Gladys knight got her hand on it." Music Week, May 2012


"Cissy Houston is rooted in the church, first honing her craft as part of gospel group The Drinkard Singers, then as part of the Sweet Inspirations, who backed both Aretha and Elvis’. Record Collector, July 2012

Our Price: £9.95
Code: SMCR5054
Weight: 200
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1. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF
2. DIDN'T WE
3. I'LL BE THERE
4. ANY GUY
5. WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY
6. BE MY BABY
7. THIS EMPTY PLACE
8. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
9. HE / I BELIEVE BONUS TRACKS
10. DARLING, TAKE ME BACK
11. HANG ON TO A DREAM
12. I LOVE YOU
13. MAKING LOVE
14. IT'S NOT EASY
15. MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA
16. WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
17. ONLY TIME YOU SAY YOU LOVE ME
18. I'M SO GLAD I CAN LOVE AGAIN
19. NOTHING CAN STOP ME
20. DON'T WONDER WHY
21. DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS

     
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