Album: Doris Duke, I'm a Loser (Kent)

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You can get these tracks on a compilation CD but this is a facsimile of the original 1969 Canyon LP: a 12-song concept album on the theme of the wronged woman, a role that Duke, a backing singer for Nina Simone, incarnates with extraordinary fidelity (and fidelity is a big issue here, as you'd guess).

Produced by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, there are slow songs, fast songs, oh-so sensitive string and horn arrangements added to swelling Hammond organ, and Duke's heart-wrenching voice. Hear it and weep.