Minnie Riperton – Perfect Angel (1974) {Deluxe Edition 2017} [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Minnie Riperton – Perfect Angel (1974) {Deluxe Edition 2017}
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Minnie Riperton, the singer with a distinctively high upper vocal range, topped the charts around the world in 1975 with “Lovin’ You,” one of the period’s most distinctive and iconic hits. Celebrating Minnie Riperton’s 70th birthday, UMe to release ‘Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition,’ the definitive two-CD version of her breakthrough album co-produced by Stevie Wonder, featuring the immortal hit “Lovin’ You”, with a lot of bonus tracks.

Minnie’s many facets are explored on Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition, to be released as a double album set in 96kHz, 24-bit high-resolution audio format, in celebration of the singer’s 70th birthday. This set brings home the fact that, though not known at the time for contractual reasons, the original album is essentially a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, who: co-produced the album with Minnie’s husband Richard Rudolph; arranged the tracks with his band, Wonderlove; played keyboards, harmonica and drums; and wrote two songs. The set offers an excellent representation of Riperton’s interpretive gifts and remarkable talent, all the more extraordinary for Wonder’s contributions, which were made while he was winning GRAMMY® awards for Talking Book and Innervisions, and working on another LP, Fulfillingness’ First Finale, which featured Minnie as a background vocalist on that album’s “Creepin'” and was eventually issued just weeks after Perfect Angel in the summer of 1974. Wonder, a Taurean, was credited on Perfect Angel as “El Toro Negro”—the Black Bull.

“Minnie was my dear friend,” said Stevie Wonder. “She was an extraordinary, vibrant person with an extra-special voice. I was a big fan of hers before we met and it was my honor to produce the album with Minnie and her husband Richard. Minnie had a positive energy that radiated throughout these sessions and throughout the rest of her life. When Minnie lived, she lived. She continues to live through this release.”

“The whole experience was a total surreal experience and a pure joy from start to finish,” Richard Rudolph now says of the making of Perfect Angel. “Working with Stevie Wonder in that intimate setting really was more that just a dream come true. And you can feel the ‘wonder’ throughout the entire album,” Rudolph continues. “Minnie would be overjoyed to know that her music continues to touch people’s lives.”

Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition includes 11 bonus tracks to the remastered original album, making in essence an alternate, extended version of Perfect Angel. Included is a duet version of “Take A Little Trip” with Stevie Wonder; an acoustic version of “Seeing You This Way;” and an alternate take of “Lovin’ You,” notable for its backing by the Wonderlove band, as the hit single version only used Rudolph on guitar and Wonder on keyboards. The seven-inch single version, with a synth overdub, plus a countdown by Rudolph not on the original, is also included. A bonus to the alternate LP is a ‘Perfect Angel version’ of “Don’t Let Anyone Bring You Down,” with Wonder playing most of the instruments, along with Hubert Laws on flute. The song was re-recorded with a different producer and band for Minnie’s follow-up album, Adventures In Paradise.

Other cuts extend well past the LP’s original fadeouts. They feature extraordinary solos and jams by Wonder and his band members, who were 20-year-old Michael Sembello and Marlo Henderson on guitars, Reggie McBride on bass and Ollie Brown on drums, with guests Sneaky Pete Kleinow on pedal steel guitar and percussionist Rocky Dzidzornu. On background vocals with Minnie are Wonderlove vocalists Deniece Williams, a future solo star, Lani Groves and Shirley Brewer, and the songwriter Yvonne Wright.

Tracklist

Disc One:
01 – Reasons
02 – It’s So Nice (To See Old Friends)
03 – Take A Little Trip
04 – Seeing You This Way
05 – The Edge Of A Dream
06 – Perfect Angel
07 – Every Time He Comes Around
08 – Lovin’ You
09 – Our Lives
10 – Lovin’ You

Disc Two:
01 – Reasons
02 – It’s So Nice (To See Old Friends)
03 – Take A Little Trip
04 – Seeing You This Way
05 – The Edge Of A Dream
06 – Perfect Angel
07 – Every Time He Comes Around
08 – Lovin’ You
09 – Our Lives
10 – Don’t Let Anyone Bring You Down

Musicians:
Minnie Riperton – vocals
Marlo Henderson – guitar
Michael Sembello – lead guitar
Reggie McBride – bass
Rocki Dzidzornu – congas
Ollie E. Brown – drums
El Toro Negro – drums, piano
Digitally Remastered.

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