Could she let it rip or what? Ruth Copeland was born in England and became the first white artist signed to Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus label. These sessions represent her first two albums for the label, both released in 1971: I Am What I Am and Self Portrait. Her singing is also omnipresent on the first Parliament album Osmium. These sides are a remastered reissue of the two out of print albums called Deep Beats in 1997. This is splendidly wide-ranging stuff, from folk and pop to hard, sexual funk. The backing of Parliament and other members of the George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars certainly help here. Gimme Shelter: The Invictus Sessions is absolutely necessary.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek