Linda Lewis – 1975 – Not A Little Girl Anymore

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I came across a vinyl copy of this wonderful singer at my last visit to London and I couldn’t resist buying it, though I had the US version of it.Fabulous, absolutely fabulous. One of the greatest and most underestimated popular singers that this country’s produced.

A strong 70s set from Linda Lewis – her first for Arista, and a date that has her picking up a fuller style than before! The arrangements here are by Bert DeCoteaux, who brings in plenty of soul – and Linda’s working in modes that run from the simple, personal style of her Warner years to some of the more lush sounds you might expect at Arista – hints of club at points, but an even better dose of keyboards and strings that make the midtempo tracks especially great. The set was recorded in both London and New York.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Arista LP including covers.

Tracks
A1 (Remember the Days of) The Old Schoolyard 3:11
A2 It’s in His Kiss 3:18
A3 This Time I’ll Be Sweeter 3:50
A4 Rock and Roller Coaster 3:16
A5 Not a Little Girl Anymore 4:12
B1 Love Where Are You Now 3:27
B2 My Grandaddy Could Reggae 3:20
B3 I Do My Best Impress 3:33
B4 May You Never 3:58
B5 Love, Love, Love 3:42

Review by Amy Hanson
The title says it all. No matter how well-loved Linda Lewis was during her days at Reprise, still the focus of both marketing and material was on the sheer youthful glee with which she attacked every performance. Her debut at Arista, however, was built around her determination that, at last, she was going to be treated like an adult, a vow that proved to have been fulfilled long before you reached the sultry, resolute title track. Packing more covers than any of her earlier albums, Not a Little Girl Anymore nevertheless emerges as Lewis’ most well-rounded and, perhaps, personal album yet. Cat Stevens‘ “(Remember the Days Of) The Old Schoolyard” a somewhat forced exercise in nostalgia in its writer’s hands, is here imbibed with a genuine sense of emotion and regret. However, there is no time for maudlin reflection as “It’s in His Kiss (Shoop Shoop Song)” a wily cover of the Betty Everett classic, simply erupts out of the song’s closing notes with a rambunctious passion that suggests kissing is only the first thing on Lewis’ mind. From there on, and to paraphrase one of the album’s other prime cuts, Lewis rollercoasters through a succession of moods and styles, ranging from the emotive soul of Gwen Guthrie‘s “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter“to her own (stylistically, aptly titled) “My Grandaddy Could Reggae” a reminder of the versatility that past albums occasionally allowed to overwhelm content, but which here is balanced with delicate precision. And, as you approach the end, the gentle “I Do My Best to Impress” leaves the listener with one thought. You succeeded.

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UK front LP cover

This British artist is one of the most unique vocalists to come out of the 1970s, but so many people don’t even know who she is. Probably since her music is not only soul or R&B. And at times it’s pretty funky, in a groove-oriented way. But it’s not funk. So what does Linda Lewis do? I can’t even describe it myself, but rare-groovers like myself scramble for her hard-to-find albums.
Linda’s music is great stuff, but it’s her voice that makes the tunes both weird and wonderful. At one moment, Linda might sing in a “normal” husky lower register with the conviction of a worldly-wise woman. In the next stanza, she may switch to the voice of a breathy, nasal, pre-pubescent lil’ bit. It’s her high, multi-octave voice that many people compare to Minnie Riperton’s. I would compare the two ladies’ poetic lovelorn lyrics before I’d compare their voices, but like Minnie, Linda’s effortless vocals seem to bring the listener back to a time of innocence.

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UK back LP cover

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37 Comments
  • Nikos
    Posted at 00:10h, 30 August 2010 Reply

    Luther Vandross is on the backing vocals on A2 and A4 songs.

  • Unclefester
    Posted at 11:44h, 30 August 2010 Reply

    Really nice. Especially the last songs is hauntingly beautiful!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:41h, 30 August 2010 Reply

    cant wait to hear this thank u nikos

  • Dan D.
    Posted at 23:59h, 30 August 2010 Reply

    As always, thanks for your rip(s). You have a really great collection here. I’m wondering, though, if for this you used a preamp with proper EQ curves. Not only are the hihats (and other hi frequencies) giving me a splitting ear/headache, this record was definitely meant to have solid bottom end, which I don’t hear in your rip. Am I off-base? Off-bass?

  • goo
    Posted at 04:17h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    funk my soul !!!

  • Sara
    Posted at 09:36h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    Linda Lewis is an amazing and outstanding talent a unique voice i have been a fan for years ever since i discovered her in the 70 s when i was 12 years old, sweeter is a great track 1 of my faves and the way she does those high notes is fab.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 20:33h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    never knew she was a Brit! Thanks for this one Nikos, looking forward to giving it a listen!

  • Jazz Obsessive
    Posted at 21:55h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    Hi Nikos

    Thanks for uploading & sharing.

    Linda is a quality singer but in my opinion with the exception of “I Do My Best to Impress” the rest of the LP isn’t a patch on her earlier recorded work on Reprise.

    If people like this & don’t know her previous work they are in for a real treat.

    Check them out…

    The Reach for the Truth comp is superb & cheap to buy!

  • Michell
    Posted at 22:57h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    Beautiful!!! Linda is just pure talent…I love the way she uses her deep register to compliment her sweet soprano. Still the best female vocalist out of the UK.

  • Amelia
    Posted at 23:05h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    Linda Lewis is a British born vocalist credited with a 5 octave voice. She is a brilliant songwriter and guitarist who has led the way for singers like Des’ree and Corrine B Riley, however she was overlooked because she was waay ahead of her time musically. She’s often compared to the late Minnie Riperton, because of their sweet soprano voice, however Linda has a very deep alto voice which makes her even more amazing. She’s AMAZING!!! Thanx much!!!

  • anastasia
    Posted at 12:28h, 01 September 2010 Reply

    Amazing voice. Great album.

  • Evan
    Posted at 12:49h, 01 September 2010 Reply

    Superb vocals from a great artist. Thank u.

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 22:49h, 01 September 2010 Reply

    Thank you.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:01h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    Much Thanks for this one!!

  • Antonis
    Posted at 09:51h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    word up! keep spreading the love. many thanks are in order…

  • hooch
    Posted at 12:20h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    Many thanks indeed!

  • Howard
    Posted at 15:42h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    Really great music here. Thanks a lot…

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 23:13h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    I bought this LP in the UK and got the more boring non-UK sleeve !! Although her previous two LPs are my personal faves, this is the first one I bought on release and savoured for her vibrant talent. A lot more poppy than her previous ventures, a lot more cover versions and less originals, but still packing a punch with her manic vocals and fabulous production. This was huge here with the UK soul crowd with everything off side one being played to death. I actually far prefer her version of Cat Stevens song given a very dramatic treatment, akin to the similarly brilliant “Rock-a-doo”. My faves would be the ever so sweet title track and the monster-that-never-was “My Grandaddy”, surely one of her most catchy songs. Linda is one the greatest talents the UK ever produced – no argument there.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 23:18h, 02 September 2010 Reply

    PS. I have also argued that she paved the way for a certain Kate Bush – or am I being too kind ?

  • Nikos
    Posted at 10:07h, 03 September 2010 Reply

    Ha!Ha! Too kind my friend. She has a fabulous voice with fantastic range. Stevie Wonder called her his ‘sister in soul’. Love this girl.

  • Rami
    Posted at 10:47h, 03 September 2010 Reply

    Just magical.
    Thank u for schooling us youngsters. Much appreciated.

  • Arthur
    Posted at 19:21h, 03 September 2010 Reply

    Much respect for posting such quality music. Love it!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 13:41h, 04 September 2010 Reply

    Superb vocals. Great LP!

  • Rod
    Posted at 17:09h, 05 September 2010 Reply

    The lady is fantastic singer. Thanks so much.

  • Sucio
    Posted at 21:34h, 05 September 2010 Reply

    I’ve been a fan of this blog for a long time…. Great finds in this place…whether I’m digging or just listening to classic music. I wish this site stays up as long as I’m alive..Lol…

  • goo
    Posted at 06:08h, 09 September 2010 Reply

    funked

  • P.D.
    Posted at 17:44h, 12 September 2010 Reply

    Dope performance. Thanks.

  • Yanikee
    Posted at 01:05h, 14 September 2010 Reply

    Nikos, u done did it again. Love her songs on the album – including “My Grandaddy Could Reggae”, “(I’m) Not A Little Girl Anymore”, and “I Do My Best To Impress”. Great gem. Thanx sooo much!!!

  • Len
    Posted at 20:31h, 18 September 2010 Reply

    Keep up the great work guys.

  • Jake
    Posted at 09:16h, 24 September 2010 Reply

    Looking forward to checking this out, thanks!

  • XX
    Posted at 12:23h, 26 September 2010 Reply

    I had never heard of her till now awesome album

  • Kelly Peter
    Posted at 11:39h, 28 September 2010 Reply

    Such smooth vocals! Reminds me a tad of Minnie Riperton at times..

  • Linda Lewis
    Posted at 02:42h, 24 October 2010 Reply

    Just getting into this technology; I like what you’ve done here.

    Keep up the good work about me and other FunkStars!

    Toodle Do for now,

    Linda (Lotus) Lewis

  • Ramsey K
    Posted at 02:28h, 12 December 2010 Reply

    I love this. This blog is one of the greatest websites I’ve ever come across… thanks so much for all your work.

  • Gregory
    Posted at 03:57h, 12 August 2012 Reply

    She is so cute when she sings,great voice…Thanks.

  • thegroove
    Posted at 14:46h, 21 November 2013 Reply

    Great stuff – Linda sure is a great performer. If you’re reading this, gracias!! That goes to both the artist and the wonderful crew who keep it alive.

  • John
    Posted at 20:38h, 22 September 2014 Reply

    Great ! Bought this LP in the 70s in London….

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