P. P. Arnold’s new album ‘The Turning Tide’ is coming out on 6th October, just days after the soul singer’s 71st birthday. Although the material isn’t new, it hasn’t been heard before: the tracks were recorded in the late 60s and early 70s, and shelved until now. The release will feature Eric Clapton and other members of Derek and the Dominos, as well as songs written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Steve Winwood.
The Los Angeles-born vocalist’s involvement with the British music scene began when she first visited England as a member of Ike & Tina Turner’s Ikettes. She signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s music label, Immediate, after being recommended by Jagger. She then went on to perform with the Small Faces and artists such as Peter Gabriel and Roger Waters.
She started to work on the songs on ‘The Turning Tide’ after being introduced to Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees in 1968. Gibb began producing the album and they recorded several tracks together, but due to Bee Gees’s increasing popularity he couldn’t see the project through to completion.
After Gibb abandoned this musical venture, Arnold toured with Eric Clapton as his opening act. Clapton subsequently agreed to finish producing her solo album. His tourning band, which later became Derek and the Dominos, played on the new sessions. The tracks produced by Clapton included covers of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by the Rolling Stones, ‘Medicated Goo’ by Traffic and ‘Brand New Day’ by Van Morrison.
Surprisingly, the recordings resulting from Arnold’s collaborations with Gibb and Clapton have never seen the light of day. But this collection of so far hidden gems will finally be available for everyone to listen to in a few months, released via Kundalini Music.
Arnold is starting a UK tour in September. She’s also working on a new album, planned to be released in 2018.