Margie Joseph – 1971 – Makes A New Impression

Frequently compared to Aretha Franklin, singer Margie Joseph earned neither the fame nor the critical success lavished upon the Queen of Soul, but a series of excellent records for Atlantic during the 1970s nevertheless won her a spot in the pantheon of soul cult favorites.
A great second generation southern soul singer who really helped the label find a new sound in the 70s! Margie got her start on Stax, but she sounds even better here — a bit more mature, slightly more urban.

Producer Freddy Briggs took the helm for Joseph’s , “Your Sweet Loving”; released in the summer of 1970, the single proved a minor RB chart hit. The following year, she cracked the RB Top 40 with a cover of the Supremes’ classic Stop In the Name of Loveboosting sales of her fine debut LP, Margie Joseph Makes a New Impression, in the process.

Tracks
1. Monologue: Women Talk
2. Stop! In the Name of Love
3. Punish Me
4. Medicine Bend
5. Come Tomorrow
6. Sweeter Tomorrow
7. Same Thing
8. How Beautiful the Rain
9. I’m Fed Up
10. Make Me Believe You’ll Stay
11. Temptation’s About to Take Your Love

Like some of Stax’s product from this era, there’s a Stax-meets-Motown air to much of the material. Although Margie Joseph Makes a New Impression was cut in Memphis and Muscle Shoals, some orchestral and vocal overdubs were done in Detroit, perhaps accounting for some of the Motown feel. Makes a New Impression was actually a fair seller, making number 67 on the pop charts and number seven on the soul listings, and containing an extended cover of “Stop! In the Name of Love” that was a small R&B hit.Briggs transforms “Stop . . . Love,” from a whining plea to an awesome deep soul demand, introduced by a no nonsense woman to her man rap; it stretches out ala Issac Hayes into a heart stopping arrangement filled with passionate singing by Joseph, and the backing voices.

Other selections are typical deep soul selections elevated by Joseph’s sincere, earthy singing. A rare commodity, Margie’s a soul singer that never over sings, or embellish lyrics with vocal tricks. If I could only afford to buy one Margie Joseph album, this would be it, her later sides on Atlantic, and other labels are slicker and not as raw as these tracks. Though, a collaboration she did with Blue MagicWhats Comes Over Me,” rates with anything here.

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  1. DJ Abe says:

    Thank you…..

  2. Ted says:

    Thanks for this, more people need to hear Margie’s voice: it’s one of a kind! I have to mention her cover of “Let’s Stay Together”, which is not on this album but is my favorite version for her soulful insistence and the brilliant orchestration of Arif Mardin. PLEASE FIND MORE MARGIE FOR US! Thanks.

  3. cleffdeadly says:

    top album, ‘punish me’ the standout. as dj abe points out, what a voice!

  4. Carlos says:

    thanks soooo much….i have been looking for this for years!!

  5. Wesley Wayne says:

    Must have been One Hell of an Impression then, because it still is now!!!
    Just found her 1973 S/T (with the Al Green mentioned above & other notable covers on it, and Bernard Purdie on drums!) album @ the thrift the other day which is how I ended up here doing a google search. Nice to learn more about her here on your blog, Nice Work. Pretty scarce to come up with a 70’s Soul Record these days out of a thrift, usually find more 80’s slept on Boogie/Soul if anything @ all, so I was pretty stoked. I’ll poke around here some more b/c I see Don Blackman as a recent post, So you got some goods on here obviously. Thanks for your time in posting for the people!!! Spread Love through Quality Soulful Musicas- 1

  6. Jock says:

    Thanks. Fantastic

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