A rare live performance
LEEDS WARDROBE | MONDAY 16 OCTOBER
LEEDS WARDROBE | MONDAY 16 OCTOBER
To coincide with her forthcoming album, THE TURNING TIDE, the legendary PP ARNOLD has announced a rare live performance at LEEDS WARDROBE on MONDAY 16 OCTOBER, courtesy of Leeds promoters Foot Soldiers Music.
2017 sees PP ARNOLD celebrate her 50-year anniversary as a performing artist and she’s still going as strong as ever. To coincide with THE TURNING TIDE album, St James Publishing House is releasing her autobiography, THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST, around the October tour and a new solo album is on the horizon for next year, produced by Steve Cradock.
PP ARNOLD arrived in England as an Ikette with the Ike & Tina Review in the mid-60s, and was spotted by MICK JAGGER who immediately convinced Andrew Loog Oldham to sign her to his label Immediate Records. Several huge hits followed – THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST, ANGEL OF THE MORNING, IF YOU THINK YOU’RE GROOVY – and PP became one of the iconic faces of the 60s.
In 1968 Immediate Records folded and PP ARNOLD found herself at a crossroad, looking for a new label that would give her the opportunity to continue to record music and take her to the next phase of her journey. The late Jim Morris, personal assistant to Robert Stigwood, can be credited as the catalyst which encouraged BARRY GIBB to work with PP ARNOLD. After introducing PP to Gibb, who was already a fan of her music, it didn’t take much encouragement for him to jump at the chance to produce a record with her. “I was so excited about working with him as I was a big Bee Gees fan and had already recorded To Love Somebody on my second album Kafunta,” explains PP.
It was Barry Gibb who got PP the record deal with his manager Robert Stigwood at RSO Records and, subsequently, Stigwood also became her manager. The recording sessions at IBC Studios, although never released at the time, bring back many happy memories for PP, with Bill Shepherd [The Bee Gees, Gene Vincent] creating the beautiful arrangements we hear on THE TURNING TIDE today.
The record could only be half completed due to the Bee Gees’ commitments and, for a time, PP was heartbroken, as she had put her heart and soul into the recordings. Unsure how to go forward, it was the idea of her manager Robert to pair PP up with ERIC CLAPTON.
“Robert arranged for me to be the opening act on the Eric Clapton tour, and we put together a fantastic rhythm section, which included Steve Howe of Yes on guitar, and off we set,” explains PP.
Clapton was so impressed with PP’s live performance that he didn’t need asking twice when Robert approached him to go into the studio with PP to finish off the record. Eric called in his Delaney and Bonnie band, who later became DEREK AND THE DOMINOS, and RITA COOLIDGE. The end result was phenomenal, as they recorded songs written by STEVE WINWOOD, VAN MORRISON and MICK JAGGER and KEITH RICHARDS.
Due to industry politics, these recordings were left sitting on the shelf for many years and it became her mission to let these recordings see the light of day, and not let this piece of musical history stay buried. With the help of her current manager, Sally Cradock, and the music industry veteran Bill Levenson - whose past history includes putting together compilations for Bob Marley, Donna Summer and Jerry Lee Lewis - they began to recover these lost gems and fight for the right to release them from various publishers who were still not keen to part with them.
STEVE CRADOCK [Ocean Colour Scene] began mixing the tracks, calling upon his old friend PAUL WELLER to allow them to use his Black Barn Studio, and his long-time engineer, Charles Rees. The results were remarkable and, after all these years, pieces of history were brought back to life again.
“These recordings document my growth and development after the Immediate label years and my struggle to survive being a relevant solo artist during a lot of lost years in my career. It’s an amazing trip down memory lane, that I am so thrilled can be experienced in the here and now.”
THE TURNING TIDE | TRACK LISTING
MEDICATED GOO | Written by Steve Winwood | Produced by Eric Clapton
BORN | Written and produced by Barry Gibb
IF THIS WERE MY WORLD | Witten and produced by Caleb Quaye and PP Arnold
HIGH AND WINDY MOUNTAIN | Written and produced by Barry Gibb
SPINNING WHEEL | Written by David Clayton Thomas | Produced by Barry Gibb
BURY ME DOWN BY THE RIVER | Written and produced by Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb
CHILDREN OF THE LAST WAR | Written and produced by Caleb Quaye and PP Arnold
BRAND NEW DAY | Written by Van Morrison | Produced by Eric Clapton
THE TURNING TIDE | Written and produced by Barry Gibb
YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY | Written by Brenda Holloway | Produced by Barry Gibb
GIVE A HAND TAKE A HAND | Written and produced by Barry Gibb
HAPPINESS | Written and produced by Barry Gibb
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT | Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards | Produced by Eric Clapton
PP ARNOLD has been touring virtually non-stop throughout her 50-year career but this is the first solo tour she has done in many years. It promises to be something incredibly special.
LEEDS WARDROBE | MONDAY 16 OCTOBER |