Label: Esoteric Recordings - ECLEC2491 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Folk Rock
Whatever's for Us is the debut album of British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. The album was a collaboration between Armatrading and singer-songwriter Pam Nestor. At the time the two were musical partners and wrote over a hundred songs together. Cube originally intended to call the album Joan Armatradingbut Pam Nestor fought against this, as she had worked on over songs for the album over a period of two to three years, playing piano and singing on many of them, and at the time of the album's recording, the two writers considered themselves a duo.
The two songs were released as a single in June BUG Cube records released the album as a Joan Armatrading effort and gave little credit to Nestor, and this caused difficulties between the two writers. The Cube label did not last much longer and folded in the mid s, becoming Empire Smalls - Pyramid Wave into Lonely Lady - Joan Armatrading - Whatevers For Us Records. Whatever's for Us has traces of the hippie ethos which existed at the time, and many of the songs are influenced by folk music.
The front cover, designed and drawn by the artist Sumiko, now known as Sumiko Davies shows an idyllic multiracial pastoral scene, complete with long hair, patterned skirts, flowers and psychedelia.
It was also used in a BBC Radio 4 drama in The title had intrigued him as it was the address where he had been living in West Hampstead at the time. Armatrading had seen the sign from a bus and had asked Nestor to write lyrics with that title, which she did. The album was critically well received, although not a commercial success. Penny Valentineof Sounds magazine, commented: " Whatever's for Us is a brilliant, crushing album — the kind of collection that you may have despaired of ever hearing from anyone in England.
Derek Jewellwriting in the Sunday Times in commented: "this country Lonely Lady - Joan Armatrading - Whatevers For Us produced at last, from the new generation, a black singer of total individuality. Mark Plummer of Melody Maker commented that: "her voice is powerful, something like Nina Simone's ", and "what hits you are the earthy songs written by Joan and Pam Nestor" and that the album "has quality stamped all over it".
Later in she undertook a solo tour of USA folk clubs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Joan Armatrading. Lonely Lady - Joan Armatrading - Whatevers For Us Cruel.
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