Iron Pot Cooker [Bonus Tracks]

Iron Pot Cooker [Bonus Tracks]

by Camille YarbroughCamille Yarbrough


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Whether you call Camille Yarborough a street poetess, proto-rapper, or urban politico, there is no doubt that this woman contributed an enormous amount of fire, passion, and strength in all those guises. Neither is there any doubt that her 1975 album, Iron Pot Cooker, reissued on Universe/Vanguard with bonus tracks, is a landmark work of great importance. Rapping in the style of the early-era street poets, Yarborough certainly set the bar for almost every woman in that vein who followed, and in that context, this album can be interpreted as feminist rhetoric -- the empowering vision of a young black woman who emerges from the ghetto, from her circle of women -- from the kitchen -- to impart her message. And, in speaking her mind, in speaking her truth, her words not only elucidate the unknown, they also permit her to just get this stuff off her chest. Absolutely outstanding in its breadth, Iron Pot Cooker's intentions spill out from the minimal instrumentation that frames the songs. From the opening "It Comes out Mad" and through the biting, claustrophobic epic poetry of the 14-minute "Dream/Panic/Sonny Boy the Rip-Off Man/Little Sally the Super Sex Star/(Taking Care of Business)" that rages, quiets and turns street-vendor shill-man on the turn of a dime, Yarborough does what few other musicians have -- she has shouldered the mantle of epic warrior, of fireside storyteller, creating myth from reality and realism out of mythology. But in Iron Pot Cooker there are also the more traditional trappings of R&B, most notably evident on the deliciously smooth ballad "Ain't It a Lovely Feeling," while Yarborough tackles the funk on "Can I Get a Witness?." Elsewhere, the now-classic "Take Yo' Praise" is still a treat and will probably be better recognized among the younger generation from Fatboy Slim's hit update. Indeed, the CD reissue collects the LP original plus two modern remix versions. Without Yarborough taking her stand and paving the way, many younger women probably wouldn't have dared to find and use their voices. Like Patti Smith's Horses, Iron Pot Cooker

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Release Date: 02/22/2000
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707935623
catalogNumber: 79356
Rank: 81613

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