Joan Osborne – Bring It On Home (Hi-Def Version) (2012/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:52 minutes | 549 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Time-Life Music
“Bring It On Home” is Osborne’s first album of hand-picked vintage blues and soul songs, a collection that fans have long been asking for and Osborne herself delighted in making.
The recording sessions were electrifying, as the singer/songwriter tapped into her lifelong love of blues and R&B and unleashed her impassioned vocals.
Drawing from a voice the New York Times called “angelic ecstasy” and “sexual abandon,” Joan Osborne created a special collection of some of her favorite classics, a personal tribute to the music she has long loved and drew inspiration from. With vocals that growl and soar, Osborne alternately cries out with heart-wrenching soul and foot-stomping grooves.
She personally selected the obscure gem “Roll Like A Big Wheel” from her own record collection and added rock n roll-fueled urgency to it. She also dug deep into John Mayall’s work and came back with “Broken Wings,” where her vocal performance draws both goose bumps and tears. The often overlooked Ike Turner-penned “Game of Love” was another treasure Osborne chose to record, and during the sessions an impromptu rendition of “Shake Your Hips” made its way onto the album.
“Bring It On Home” also includes tracks originally made famous by American blues masters such as Sonny Boy Williamson (“Bring it on Home”), Muddy Waters (“I Want to Be Loved”), as well as recordings originally released by some of the greatest R&B singers ever including Ray Charles (“I Don t Need No Doctor”), Al Green (“Rhymes”) and Otis Redding (“Champagne and Wine”).
Singer and songwriter Joan Osborne is no stranger to covering vintage soul, R&B, and blues. She did so on 2002’s How Sweet It Is and 2007’s Breakfast in Bed, and in the documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Osborne has also flexed her muscles as a producer for the Holmes Brothers, capturing their live vibe better than anyone else. For Bring It on Home, Osborne — with co-producer Jack Petruzzelli, her road band, a horn section, and the Holmes Brothers on backing vocals — turns in the rawest, most kinetic moment in her recording career, digging into the very wellspring of soul, blues, and R&B. The material is stellar, beginning with Ashford & Simpson’s Ray Charles’ vehicle, “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” She grinds deeply into its grain, with drummer Aaron Comess’ popping breaks. Jimmy Vivino’s horn chart is clean but aggressive. The title track, defined by Sonny Boy Williamson, is given a sultry reading. Osborne’s restraint is airy but defined; the listener can feel tension smoldering underneath. Barbecue Bob Pomeroy’s harmonica is a brilliant counterpart, releasing steam from what’s roiling underneath her voice. The choice of the obscure “Roll Like a Big Wheel,” by Olive Brown is a burning R&B shouter, with smokin’ harmonica and horns; Osborne’s voice rises above the fray and locks the groove down tight. Ike Turner’s “Game of Love” — written specifically for Tina — is a grimy, funky, nasty, strutting feminist anthem in Osborne’s version; its meaning (and irony) never more clear. Her raucous transformation of John Mayall’s “Broken Wing” is a revelation. Allen Toussaint’s ’70s-era funky reggae “Shoorah! Shoorah!” is a delightful curveball here, and features the author on piano. Osborne’s read of Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips” comes right from the blues; it’s righteous. She burns on Muddy Waters’ “I Want to Be Loved,” which, in her voice, is more demand than request. The nakedness in her vocal in Bill Withers’ “Same Love That Made Me Laugh” reveals the layers in its meaning. Her understated take on Otis Redding’s “Champagne and Wine” is gorgeous, with a distorted slide guitar bearing witness to the subtle nuances in Osborne’s employs that make plain the desire in the lyric. Ultimately, there isn’t a performance here that isn’t drenched with passion and a stylist’s invention. This isn’t a reverential recording; it’s authoritative; she makes these songs her own. Bring It on Home carries Osborne’s mature voice in way that’s never been heard from her before. Her abilities as an interpretive singer prove her an extension of these traditions, not merely a torch bearer for them.
1. I Don’t Need No Doctor 03:20
2. Bring It On Home 04:06
3. Roll Like a Big Wheel 02:50
4. Game of Love 03:16
5. Broken Wings 04:38
6. Shoorah! Shoorah! 02:52
7. I Want to Be Loved 03:35
8. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh 04:25
9. Shake Your Hips 03:29
10. I’m Qualified 03:15
11. Champagne and Wine 03:41
12. Rhymes 04:43
13. I Feel So Good (Bonus Track) 02:34
14. Boys, You’re Welcome (Bonus Track) 03:08
Joan Osborne, vocals, background vocals
Kris Jensen, tenor saxophone
Aaron Comess, drums, percussion
Andrew Carillo, guitar
Bob “Barbecue” Pomeroy, harmonica
Chris Karlic, baritone saxophone
Jack Petruzzelli, guitar, vibraphone, percussion
Keith Cotton, keyboards
Reggie Pittman, trumpet
The Holmes Brothers
Vaneese Thomas, background vocals
Produced by Jack Petruzzelli, Joan Osborne