Joan Armatrading "To The Limit" LP (1978)
Details: Used promo copy of British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading's fifth studio album, "To The Limit," on A&M Records. Cut copy with a slit cut in the bottom right side of the cover.
Description: "The album was Armatrading's third and final studio collaboration with producer Glyn Johns. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in the London suburb of Barnes and mastered at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles. To the Limit marks a departure from her previous work, as she wanted to move away from the formal sound of a studio album and aim more for the feel of a live performance while retaining the quality of a studio. To this end, she used half the number of musicians she previously had, used a live studio band, and kept overdubs to a minimum.
Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti stayed on from Armatrading's previous album Show Some Emotion while Red Young and Quitman Dennis joined from her live band and Dick Sims from Eric Clapton's band. Phil Palmer had previously worked with David Bowie and Frank Zappa, and is the nephew of Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks.
Annie Leibovitz, who did the photography, was the first woman to photograph Armatrading for an album cover. The pictures show Joan relaxing at her home, which was then in Sutton. Leibovitz spent four days with Joan at her home to capture the pictures.
To the Limit is an "aspects of love" album with the songs being a series of letters or private conversations addressed to the lover, and it reached number 13 in the British album chart. Armatrading did not tour following its release, the first time she had not done so."
Grade: VG+ (Record/Cover)
TRACK LISTING SIDE A:
A1. Barefoot And Pregnant
A2. Your Letter
A3. Am I Blue For You
A4. You Rope You Tie Me
A5. Baby I
TRACK LISTING SIDE B:
B1. Bottom To The Top
B2. Taking My Baby Up Town
B3. What Do You Want
B5. Let It Last