Not quite as solid as Todd Terry's always excellent remixes and singles, Ready for a New Day still benefits from several collaborations, with divas Jocelyn Brown, Martha Wash, and Shannon, as well as male singers like Roland Clarke (from Urban Soul) and Bernard Fowler (the Peech Boys, Rolling Stones). The appearance of his previous single "Something Goin' On" is welcome, as are two tracks with moderate breakbeats. Though most of the album covers previous territory, that's hardly a problem for a producer of Terry's stature and longevity.
Limited to 5000 copies. Paper sleeve. 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' was released as KING-938 in 1965 and in 1966 with some minor cover differences. During the '60's King Records released albums by Brown named after and containing whatever popular single was just a hit and filling the rest of the album with a variety of previously released singles that have no rhyme, reason or thematic continuity. As you can see below, the material here went back as far as 1959, with most coming from recording sessions between 1960 and 1962. It wouldn't be until the late '60's and early '70's before Brown released completely contemporary fare such as 'Sex Machine or 'There It Is.'
A BRAND NEW ME: ARETHA FRANKLIN WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA pairs classic vocals from some of the most iconic songs that the Queen of Soul recorded for Atlantic Records with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A BRAND NEW ME features Franklin’s instantly recognizable voice woven together with new orchestral arrangements. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the music at Abbey Road Studios in London, with brand new backing vocals led by Grammy®-winning singer Patti Austin. The result is another timeless record that retains the soul, groove, and gospel power of Franklin’s revered talent. Among the standout tracks are newly re-imagined versions of classics like the Billboard #1 R&B hits “Respect,” “Think,” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),” and “Angel.”