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Patty Waters: You Thrill Me

There is, it seems, a Patty Waters renaissance afoot. Ever since the enigmatic Waters resurfaced on disc, sounding huskier and more meager-voiced opposite pianist Jessica Williams on 1996’s Billie Holiday-themed Love Songs, and in person, most notably at last year’s Vision Festival, everybody, it seems, is talking about her.

For the uninitiated, Waters’ much-ballyhooed pair of ’60s albums for the boldly experimental ESP label-Patty Sings, which includes her legendarily outre, 14 minutes of wailing and moaning on “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” and College Tour-position Waters as the vibrant, sinuous connecting tissue between Yma Sumac and Yoko Ono. Invest in them and bypass You Thrill Me, Waters’ self-proclaimed “musical odyssey” that brings together 15 previously unissued tracks, many incomplete, spanning 1960 to 1979. Rare as these tracks are, they’re simply not that compelling.

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