Known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”, singer Irma Thomas (born in 1941) is arguably the most underrated soul singer ever. Although her voice and musical expression are unparalleled, she never achieved the same degree of fame as her contemporaries Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Nevertheless, her 50-year career has been highly praised in recent years, and she even won a Grammy in 2007. This 18-track vinyl release compiles all of the sessions she recorded with renowned producer Allen Toussaint, who also composed most of the songs. Here is one of America’s most distinctive and classic singers, a treasure from the golden age of soul music.