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The Turning Tide Limited Red 180gram Vinyl LP

PP Arnold

Label: Kundalini Music
Release Date: 06 October 2017
Format: LP Vinyl

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PP Arnold The Turning Tide Limited Red 180gram Vinyl LP


Arriving in England as an Ikette with the Ike & Tina review in the mid-60’s, PP was spotted by Mick Jagger who immediately convinced Andrew Loog Oldham to sign her to his label Immediate Records. Several huge hits followed, ‘First Cut is The Deepest’, ‘Angel Of The Morning’, ‘If You Think You’re Groovy’ and so on… PP became one of the iconic faces of the 60’s. This year celebrates her 50-year anniversary as an incredible performing artist in the music industry and boy is she still going strong!!! To coincide with this wonderful heritage album, ‘The Turning Tide’, St James Publishing House is releasing her autobiography ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ around the October tour and a brand new solo album is on the horizon for next year, produced by Steve Cradock. It was around 1968 when Immediate Records folded and PP found herself at a crossroad, looking for a new label that would give her the opportunity to continue to put out music and take her to the next phase of her musical journey. The late Jim Morris and personal assistant to Robert Stigwood, can be credited as the catalyst which encouraged Barry Gibb to work with PP. After introducing PP to Gibb, who was already a fan of her music, it didn’t take much encouragement for Barry 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 who got PP a record deal with his manager Robert Stigwood (RSO Records) and consequently he also became her manager. “A lot of time was spent rehearsing and learning the songs and I was so happy when we entered I.B.C. Studios to begin the recording process”, remarks PP. The recording sessions bring back happy memories for PP, with Bill Shepherd (Bee Gees, Gene Vincent) creating the beautiful arrangements we hear on the record today. “We recorded around ten tracks, eight of which made it onto ‘The Turning Tide’ ” The eight which feature on the album are, ‘Born’, ‘Bury Me Down By The River’, ‘Give A Hand, Take A Hand’, ‘Happiness’, ‘The Turning Tide’, ‘High And Windy Mountain’, a brilliant cover of ‘Spinning Wheel’ and the beautiful, ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’. Sadly due to Bee Gee’s commitments only half the record was able to be completed, and PP was heartbroken, as she had put her heart and soul into the recordings. At a lot loss on 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, Delaney, Bonnie and Friends tour, and I put together a fantastic rhythm section, which included Steve Howe (Yes) on guitar, Ashton, Garner and Dyke with Leslie Duncan and Kaye Garner (Elton John, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach) and off we set”, explains PP. Clapton was so impressed with PP’s live performance 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, along with Rita Coolidge and PP’s dear friend soul singer Doris Troy. The end result was phenomenal, they recorded songs written by Steve Winwood, Van Morrison and Jagger, Richards. “We recorded three covers, which are on this album ‘Medicated Goo’, ‘Brand New Day’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’”. A further two tracks, ‘If This Were My World’ and ‘Children Of The Last War’, were added to this collection with the talented guitarist Caleb Quaye (Mick Jagger, Hall & Oates, Pete Townsend, Elton John). These recordings were left sitting on shelves for many years due to industry politics, and still after all these years, PP could never fathom the thought that nobody would be able to hear them. It became her mission to let these recordings see the light of day, and not let this incredible piece of music history stay buried.

Featured Tracks:
1. Medicated Goo
2. Born
3. If This Were My World
4. High And Windy Mountain
5. Spinning Wheel
6. Bury Me Down By The River
7. Children Of The Last War
8. Brand New Day
9. The Turning Tide
10. You've Made Me So Very Happy
11. Give A Hand Take A Hand
12. Happiness
13. You Can't Always Get What You Want
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