Cleopatra Jones soundtrack) and her groundbreaking 1974 proto-rap set, Caught Up. Featured here alongside steamy Tennessee soul man Latimore and (some ghostly version of) The Dramatics, this wild bill of old-school songsters rates as a sensational triple whammy.
Veteran singer Millie Jackson is one of soul/R&B’s true rugged individualists. A powerhouse vocalist able to stop a listener cold with her deeply evocative pipes, Jackson is also one of the most deliciously forthright, blunt and ear-meltingly foul-mouthed entertainers ever to rollick an audience (just listen to her immortal “Phuck U Symphony”). Jackson’s been recording since 1970, and it’s a fabulous trove of shadowy, wah-wah–limned stuff like “It Hurts So Good” (featured on the