Joan Armatrading: “Lonely Lady” (1973)

Joan released this second, nonalbum single in the late summer of 1973 before breaking her relationship with Cube in the UK. Both tracks are produced by Gus Dudgeon and co-written by lyricist Pam Nestor, which would place them firmly in Whatever’s For Usterday. (In fact, they were later appended to that album as bonus tracks on the CD remasters.) They show some slight development: “Lonely Lady” has a bit of bite to it (notably a narsty electric guitar lead), “Together In Words And Music” features mandolin-like sweetness in the mix (light shades of Cat Stevens). Neither are lost gems but rather a pair of lost shoes left behind after the debutante’s ball, soon discarded as outmoded.

Original 7-inch Single Version
A1. Lonely Lady (Joan Armatrading/Pam Nestor) (3:20)
B1. Together In Words And Music (Joan Armatrading/Pam Nestor) (3:20)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single in 1973 in the UK (Cube, BUG-31), the US (A&M, 1452-S) and Italy (Cube, 2016 059). Italian single features unique picture sleeve.

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