"I first heard this while painting sets (for a play) late at night after a long day. It was so envigorating that we played it several times. Marcia Ball has so much fun with her songs, whether slow ballads or catchy numbers, that it's impossible not to tap one's foot along with her. Great stuff!!"
tinears | Elm Grove, WI United States | 12/28/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best of the cds put out by Marcia Ball and I recommend it highly. The performances on other Ball cds is equally good, but the quality of the songwriting on this one sets it apart from the rest. (I realize 4 stars around here amounts to damning with faint praise, but geez, there ought to be some shades of gray between the ridiculous and the sublime)."
tinears | 09/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen her performance live and this CD easily captures all the energy of her live performance. "La ti Da" is "awsome. Probably the most moving (and my #1 fav) cut on the CD is The Power of Love"."
An excellent early album
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 03/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On this set, Marcia demonstrates her skills on a variety of songs, beginning with How to carry on, an up-tempo rocker, which sees her attacking the piano in a manner reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis. There's nothing else quite like that here, but there is a nice mix of tempos. The mood of the album is generally upbeat.The power of love is her own song - of course, there have been many songs with this title - I've come across about ten totally different songs. The most famous was the one that was a huge hit all over Europe in the eighties for Jennifer Rush. It was a flop in America, but later became an American hit for Laura Branigan, then in the nineties it became a monster hit for Celine Dion. Marcia's song is not as dramatic, but it is still a great song.Mama's cooking explains in song why Marcia manages to avoid getting fat - she could eat plenty, but always burn off the excess by dancing the night away. The cover picture provides the proof.Lee Roy Parnell, who eventually achieved success as a country singer in the nineties, wrote two of the songs but he was unknown at the time this music was recorded. What's a girl to do and Red hot show that he could write great songs.Marcia's music should appeal to anybody who likes rock music with a touch of blues, particularly fans of Bonnie Raitt."