Produced by Gus Dudgeon
Label – A&M
Follow up to her massively successful predecessor “Pearls”, “Pearls II” follows the same format of cover songs performed in her familiar MOR style. Miss Brooks had made her name in 1964, originally covering an Etta James standard “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” which would offer up a career in the British Jazz circuit for the remainder of the decade. In the early 70’s she had nominal success sharing vocal duties with Robert Palmer in the Rock band Vinegar Joe. Her first solo outing came in 1975, and she would release 15 albums in the next 20 years.
The major difference between this and “Pearls” are the choice of songs, which are nowhere near as strong as the predecessor. There are none of the songs that made her famous, no “Lilac Wine” “Pearls A Singer”, or “Fool If You Think It’s Over”. Her choice of covers is in fact quite bizarre, particularly The Moody Blues “Nights In White Satin”, Pink Floyds “Money”, and Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop”. She adds nothing to these songs other than an alarming urgency to go back to the originals to remind oneself that they were originally good songs. Facile, lazy, and most of all devastatingly boring, this is the sort of album that none music lovers would purchase when they stop off at Motorway Service stations, waste 30 minutes and then end up walking out with this. What irks more than anything is the cover. Any album that joyously announces that it is “Another Masterpiece” immediately smacks of egotism, and ones natural reaction is to be suspicious of the contents.
I reserve the right to consign this dross to the Junkyard.
1.”Goin’ Back” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) (4:26)
2.”Our Love” (Graham Lyle, Billy Livsey) (3:49)
3.”Gasoline Alley” (Ron Wood, Rod Stewart) (3:36)
4.”I Just Can’t Go On” (Lee Kosmin) (4:07)
5.”Too Much Between Us” (Paul Millns) (3:11)
6.”Don’t Stop” (Christine McVie) (3:13)
7.”Giving You Hope” (Elkie Brooks, Duncan MacKay) (3:02)
8.”Money” (Roger Waters) (4:43)
9.”Nights in White Satin” (Justin Hayward) (4:37)
10.”Loving Arms” (Tom Jans) (2:56)
11.”Will You Write Me a Song” (Nicholas Portlock, Robert Butterworth, Elkie Brooks) (4:47)