Helen Reddy: I Am Woman, Long Hard Climb

Helen Reddy: I Am Woman, Long Hard Climb

Vocalion  CDSML 4627

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Easy Listening

Helen Reddy

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Comment by SACD-MAN (threerandot) - October 15, 2020 (1 of 1)

Dutton Vocalion have done themselves proud with their excellent quad releases from the 70s and this Helen Reddy collection comes at a very poignant time, with Reddys recent passing.

I personally am happy with this collection of light pop music from the lady called "The queen of housewife rock" by Rocker Alice Cooper, a title Reddy herself was happy with.

Her anthem of womanhood "I am woman" comes through here beautifully and there is no denying Reddys vocal abilities. She has no trouble with singing any of these and her voice has a fantastic range. Standouts include Peaceful, I am woman. Reddy even sidesteps into funk and rock here and there, with "Don't mess with a woman" sporting backing wah wah guitar and horns!

This is very light pop music of the early 70s and as I get older, I find myself drawn more to this era and style. Fans of Reddy should appreciate this 2 album collection. What newer audiences may feel about this style is hard to say. This is fun easy listening music and sports a great remaster of the early quad track by Michael J Dutton.

Dutton always does an excellent job with his remasters and the sound is big and open and sounds like no overdubs were used. There are 8 pages of notes included on Reddys career. The sound is fresh and excellent for this vintage and I hope the Vocalion team will continue with more Reddy releases.

Sound (multichannel): 4.5 stars
Performance: 4.5 stars