Saturday, November 21, 2009

Esther Satterfield "Once I Loved" 1974

As from my other post on Esther Satterfield on "The Need To Be" LP, I only recently became familiar with this LP.  I am posting this LP, because from my Sitemeter, it is clear that more people download Esther Satterfield's LP, than any other on this blog, and since I could not find this recording anywhere else, it was time to find the LP and archive it.
This was her debut solo LP in which Chuck Mangione produced both of her LP's.  He used her first as a vocalist for his LIVE album "Land of Make Believe".  She sang on three tracks "Lullaby for Nancy Carol" and "As Long As We're Together" and on the title track  "Land of Make Believe".  These three tracks alone are some of her best recorded vocal work (in my very humble opinion).  In the liner notes, for  "Once I Loved" Chuck Mangione states "Arrangers are often called upon musically to dress up a vocal by adding all kinds of instruments and sounds.  There are few voices so pure, so distinct, that one dares to let them stand alone-naked.  Esther's is that exception".
I purchased this album from eBay and was fortunate to receive a MINT condition LP so very little post -processing was needed to eliminate the clicks and crackles.  The cover art was also in MINT condition, again little photo-shopping was required.  I have not settled in on favorites yet, since it is new to me, but her voice is so pure and clean.  It is amazing to try to compare it today's pop artists and hear the difference.   It does remind me of the late Eva Cassidy's voice....Please Enjoy!


Engineer - Mick Guzauski
Producer, Arranged By, Flugelhorn - Chuck Mangione
Guitar - Don Potter
Electric and Acoustic Piano - Gap Mangione
Sax and flute - Gerry Niewood
Bass-  Al Johnson
Conga - Ron Davis

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for hitting up my blog. I also have Once I Loved. My favorite song is Jikele Maweni. Overall, I prefer The Need to Be as an album. I want to hear Satterfield on the Land of Make Believe album.

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  2. I agree with you in that overall, I prefer "The Need To Be" as an album of her work. After several listens, my favorite is "Look To The Children".

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  3. Thank you SO MUCH for putting these great recordings online in a digital format. My LP's have long been worn out as well as not having a turntable in this age of digital media.

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  4. thanx so much--i've been looking for these esther satterfield works forever---and thanx to vizion heiry who referred me to this site--'look to the children' is one of my favorites--so is esther-
    i don't know how to contact you--but thank you so much--Now if you could only get some "Jon Lucien'--it would be orgasmic
    drarthurrd@gmail.com

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  5. Thank you so much for posting these albums by her. They are both stunning and I have been looking for them for a long while.

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  6. I too have been searching for years and--record execs, listen up!--would gladly buy if this were reissued.

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  7. Thank you for posting this album! I have loved Esther Satterfield music since I was in college in the late 70s. So happy to have a clean copy of this...thank you!

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  8. thanks for posting. Her lyrics are such poetry and her voice, such a human gift.

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  9. Finding downloads of Esther is a gift. I have her original albums but in poor condition since I played them over and over (and over) when they were new. I've moved on of course through tapes and CD's and digital but I've never been able to part with these orginals. Thank you so much for making this available. I've missed her beautiful music and voice.

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  10. hey, thanks a lot for posting this! I can't beleive the link is still there!

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  11. What a wonderful album.Many thanks!

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