Detroit Cobras Life Love and Leaving
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Life, Love and Leaving (Vinyl Reissue)

The Cobras' landmark collection of covers, reissued on vinyl by Jack White's Third Man Records

Full Description

The band has experienced many roster revisions over the years, especially when it comes to their touring configuration, but the perfectly irreverent Rachel Nagy on vocals and Mary Ramirez, one of the greatest guitarists to ever come out of Detroit, have been near constants and the creative force behind these two records. The first of the two releases also include noted Detroit photographer Steve Shaw (The Fondas) on guitar, the prolific Jeff Meier (Rocket 455, Nathaniel Mayer) on bass, and the pure drum work by Damian Lang (Two Star Tabernacle) making for a line-up of pure perfection.

Originally released in 2001, the Detroit Cobras' Life, Love and Leaving is the group’s best-known effort, coming at a time when bands like the White Stripes and Dirtbombs were also releasing seminal albums that started picking up recognition outside of their collective hometown. Hitting hard with songs by soul heavyweights like Solomon Burke (“Stupidity”), Mary Wells (“Bye Bye Baby”), Otis Redding (“Shout Bamalama”), the inimitable vocals of Rachel Nagy would no-doubt be a template from which folks like Amy Winehouse would work from years later.

A landmark collection of covers.

Short Description
  • It’s ideal for giving a party a kick up the arse, a half-hour shot of soul adrenaline that seems to gain a convert with each new pair of ears it reaches.

    — Bleed Music
  • Soul, not nostalgia, defines this record.

    — Riverfront Times
  • They have been in the mindset of lust, despair, longing, and whatever you call it when you are absolutely abandoned to romantic love — the same territory of the original songs they cover.

    — Detroit Metro Times

Track List

  1. Hey Sah-Lo-Ney
  2. He Did It
  3. Home in Your Heart
  4. Oh My Lover
  5. Cry On
  6. Stupidity
  7. Bye Bye Baby
  8. Boss with the Hot Sauce
  9. I'm Laughing at You
  10. You Can't Miss Nothing That You Never Had
  11. Right Around the Corner
  12. Won't You Dance with Me
  13. Let's Forget About the Past
  14. Shout Bamalama
  15. This Old Heart

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