ARTIST: Millie Jackson
TITLE: 21 of the Best 1971-83
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 20: Ask Me What You Want (#27, #4 R&B), My Man A Sweet Man (#42, #7 R&B), Breakaway (#16 R&B), Hurts So Good (#24, #3 R&B), I Miss You Baby (#95, #22 R&B), How Do You Feel the Morning After (#77, #11 R&B), Leftovers (#87, #17 R&B), If You’re Not Back in Love By Monday (#43, #5 R&B), All the Way Lover (#12 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want to Be Right (#42, #42 R&B)
LINEUP: Millie Jackson, session players including the Muscle Shoals players
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Hits collection by a consistent 70’s soul singer who was somewhat overshadowed by her 80’s album covers and her notorious live shows.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Millie Jackson’s shows were uncensored and her raps about sex and men were notorious. Her album covers in the 80’s are often showed on ‘bad album cover’ sites. However, as a singer, she had a distinct sound and her style fit in well on R&B radio of the 70’s
Her pop chart success was limited, but she garnered Grammy nominations for her version of “If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want to Be Right” and she sold quite a few albums and headlined in the US and the UK with great regularity.
Jackson’s legacy may be as an unbridled foul mouth on stage, but she’s got chops, humor, and is a great entertainer.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She’s not related to the Jackson family. You know, that one.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: Good collection for a shouldn’t be but is forgotten soul singer.