Minnie Riperton – Come to my garden (Vinyl) Re-issue 2022


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Les Fleur 3:16
Completeness 3:33
Come To My Garden 3:20
Memory Band 4:05
Rainy Day In Centerville 5:24
Close Your Eyes And Remember 3:42
Oh, By The Way 3:01
Expecting 3:55
Only When I’m Dreaming 3:29
Whenever, Wherever 3:32

Minnie Riperton’s solo debut is in many respects her finest hour — devoid of the overly syrupy production that hampers her later work, Come to My Garden instead couches her miraculous voice in the elegant arrangements of the great Charles Stepney, striking a perfect balance between romantic melodrama and sensual nuance. Call Stepney’s singular approach “chamber soul”–the nimble melodies and insistent grooves swell with orchestral flourishes, while the jazz-inspired rhythms (courtesy of Ramsey Lewis’ group) at times evoke Van Morrison’s masterpiece Astral Weeks. Stepney creates the ideal backdrop for Riperton’s soaring vocals, which reveal a subtlety and restraint absent from the glass-shattering bombast of her subsequent performances — the opening “Les Fleurs” (covered decades later by 4Hero) crystallizes the entire record, embracing both intimacy and majesty to haunting effect.



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