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Black Acid Soul (Deluxe)

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Vocalist Marley Munroe (aka Lady Blackbird) evokes the maverick style of singer Nina Simone on her potent 2021 debut Black Acid Soul. Produced by Chris Seefried, Black Acid Soul is Munroe's first full-length album following a handful of singles and several years of studio work and live performing. Much like Simone, Munroe is blessed with a throaty, highly resonant voice that's well-suited to carrying a jazz standard, but which also fits nicely on dusky R&B ballads. Working with guitarist Seefried and an intimate ensemble of collaborators, including pianist Deron Johnson, bassist Jon Flaugher, and drummer Jimmy Paxson, Munroe finds a spellbinding balance between acoustic jazz and live small group soul. She underlines the Simone connection from the start, opening with a burnished take of the legendary singer's classic "Blackbird," conjuring a menacing, earthy sensuality that perfectly sets the tone for what is to come. Part of what made Simone's classic work of the '60s and '70s so intriguing was her ability to take a song from any genre and make it her own. Munroe has the same gift and displays it throughout, diving into an organ-tinged take on Reuben Bell's 1967 track "It's Not That Easy" and transforming Bill Evans' languid 1958 composition "Peace Piece" into a dreamily intoxicating tone poem called "Fix It." She even reworks the James Gang's 1969 "Collage" into a far-eyed modal number that draws equally from John Coltrane and the psychedelic band Love. While Lady Blackbird's distinct influences and love of Simone certainly drives much of Black Acid Soul, there's an immediacy and warmth to the album that feels all her own.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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1
Blackbird
00:04:00

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Nina Simone, Composer, Writer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2020 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

2
It's Not That Easy
00:02:58

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Reuben Bell, Composer, Writer - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

3
Fix It
00:04:51

Bill Evans, Composer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Writer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Marley Munroe, Composer, Writer - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

4
Ruler of my Heart
00:03:42

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Naomi Neville, Composer, Writer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

5
Nobody's Sweetheart
00:03:38

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Electric Guitar, Writer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Troy Andrews, Trumpet - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

6
Collage
00:03:17

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Joe Walsh, Composer, Writer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Patrick Cullie, Composer, Writer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2020 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

7
Five Feet Tall Explicit
00:03:20

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Writer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Marley Munroe, Composer, Writer - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

8
Lost and Looking
00:04:21

Lowell Jordan, Composer, Writer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - James W. Alexander, Composer, Writer - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

9
It'll Never Happen Again
00:03:38

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Tim Hardin, Composer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

10
Beware the Stranger
00:04:13

James Thompson, Composer, Writer - Eugene Dixon, Composer, Writer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2020 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

11
Black Acid Soul
00:03:54

Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Composer, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Composer, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Writer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Composer, Double Bass - Marley Munroe, Composer, Writer - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

DISC 2

1
Did Somebody Make a Fool Out of You
00:04:51

Tony Joe White, Composer, Writer - Guy Massey, MasteringEngineer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano - Jimmy Paxson, Drums - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

2
I Am What I Am
00:04:43

Guy Massey, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Herman, Composer - Deron Johnson, Piano - Chris Seefried, Producer - Count, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

3
Woman (Single Version)
00:03:13

Guy Massey, Engineer, Additional Programmer - Ali Tamposi, Composer, Writer - Kenneth Crouch, Piano, Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Synthesizer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Filip Bekic, Composer, Guitar, Writer - MAGNUS NILSSON, Composer, Writer - David Larson, Composer, Writer, Mellotron - Count, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Bass - Danny Murcía, Composer, Writer - Noah Terefe, Additional Production - Lady Blackbird, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Pavel Olsson, Composer, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Pete Mimm, Engineer - Sean Douglas Eastman, Composer, Writer

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

4
Feel It Comin (Single Version)
00:03:25

Guy Massey, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Writer, Drum Programmer, Mellotron - Bad Sounds, Producer - Zach Witness, Additional Production - Ewan Merrett, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Writer - Callum Merrett, Composer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer, Bass - Troy Everett, Strings - Marley Munroe, Composer, Writer - Lady Blackbird, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Rohan Advani, Bass

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

5
Baby I Just Don't
00:03:26

Guy Massey, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Engineer - Andrew Duckles, Viola - Deron Johnson, Piano - LeMar Carter, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Piano, Writer, Strings - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Paul Cartwright, Contractor, Violin Leader - Jacob Braun, Cello - Jon Flaugher, Bass - Brian Judd, Assistant Mixer - Marley Munroe, Composer, Writer - Lady Blackbird, Background Vocals, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

6
Beware the Stranger ((Chris Seefried Remix) [Edit])
00:03:46

James Thompson, Composer, Writer - Eugene Dixon, Composer, Writer - Guy Massey, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer, Remixer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

7
Collage (Greg Foat Remix)
00:04:02

Guy Massey, MasteringEngineer - Deron Johnson, Piano - Joe Walsh, Composer, Writer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer & Mixer - Ross Allen, A&R Manager - Patrick Cullie, Composer, Writer - Andy Miles, Masterer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Greg Foat, Remixer - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2020 Foundation Music Productions Limited

8
Blackbird (Emma-Jean Thackray Remix)
00:04:23

Guy Massey, MasteringEngineer - Bernie Grundman, Masterer - Deron Johnson, Piano - Nina Simone, Composer, Writer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Recording & Mixing - Ross Allen, A&R Manager - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Emma-Jean Thackray, Remixer - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2020 Foundation Music Productions Limited

9
Lost and Looking ((Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy Cosmodelica Remix) [Edit])
00:03:42

Lowell Jordan, Composer, Writer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - James W. Alexander, Composer, Writer - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist - Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy Cosmodelica, Remixer

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

10
Collage ((Bruise Remix) [Edit])
00:03:42

Guy Massey, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Joe Walsh, Composer, Writer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Patrick Cullie, Composer, Writer - Bruise, Remixer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2022 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

11
Beware the Stranger (Gil Cang Tuff Scout Remix)
00:04:18

James Thompson, Composer, Writer - Eugene Dixon, Composer, Writer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer - Deron Johnson, Piano, Synthesizer - Gil Cang, Remixer - Jimmy Paxson, Drums, Percussion - Chris Seefried, Producer - Seth Atkins Horan, Engineer - Jon Flaugher, Double Bass - Lady Blackbird, MainArtist

© 2021 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited ℗ 2020 Foundation Music Productions Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Album review

Vocalist Marley Munroe (aka Lady Blackbird) evokes the maverick style of singer Nina Simone on her potent 2021 debut Black Acid Soul. Produced by Chris Seefried, Black Acid Soul is Munroe's first full-length album following a handful of singles and several years of studio work and live performing. Much like Simone, Munroe is blessed with a throaty, highly resonant voice that's well-suited to carrying a jazz standard, but which also fits nicely on dusky R&B ballads. Working with guitarist Seefried and an intimate ensemble of collaborators, including pianist Deron Johnson, bassist Jon Flaugher, and drummer Jimmy Paxson, Munroe finds a spellbinding balance between acoustic jazz and live small group soul. She underlines the Simone connection from the start, opening with a burnished take of the legendary singer's classic "Blackbird," conjuring a menacing, earthy sensuality that perfectly sets the tone for what is to come. Part of what made Simone's classic work of the '60s and '70s so intriguing was her ability to take a song from any genre and make it her own. Munroe has the same gift and displays it throughout, diving into an organ-tinged take on Reuben Bell's 1967 track "It's Not That Easy" and transforming Bill Evans' languid 1958 composition "Peace Piece" into a dreamily intoxicating tone poem called "Fix It." She even reworks the James Gang's 1969 "Collage" into a far-eyed modal number that draws equally from John Coltrane and the psychedelic band Love. While Lady Blackbird's distinct influences and love of Simone certainly drives much of Black Acid Soul, there's an immediacy and warmth to the album that feels all her own.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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