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3AM Eternal: Joan Armatrading Live In Germany, 1980

Though existing somewhere in the more obscure corners of the music world, it’s a shame British singer Joan Armatrading isn’t better-regarded. Though mainly known for her quiet, emotionally-charged folk-soul blend thanks to her international hit “Love and Affection,” she is a versatile vocalist who can go from folk to soul to blues belter and back with precise and seamless ease. She’s still an active musician, regularly performing live and occasionally releasing albums. Hopefully, theĀ Esoteric RecordsĀ reissue campaign of her early work slated for this year (with debut album Whatever’s For Us coming on April 27th) will help to reintroduce her seminal early works to a wider audience.

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