One of the more distinctive voices in R&B/soul history is Linda Jones. Best known for her 1967 No. 4 R&B hit "Hypnotized" as well as subsequent hits "What've I Done (to Make You Mad)" and "Your Precious Love," Jones was nicknamed "The Empress of Soul." Suffering from chronic diabetes, the Newark, New Jersey-born singer passed away at only 27 in 1972. But Jones unmistakable voice is back, thanks to "Soul Talkin'."

Released Sept. 16 by Philadelphia-based Phil'Erzy Productions, the album features all new material from Jones, co-produced by her daughter Terry Jones and Helen Bruner. Both Terry and Bruner are featured on the noteworthy track "Baby I Know." The pair also collaborated with Linda Jones' longtime songwriters Richard and Robert Poindexter on two other tracks, "Cheated" (a reference to business issues Jones encountered with former manager/producer George Kerr) and "Miss New." Richard, who co-wrote "Hypnotized," and Robert have since had their work recorded by Amy Winehouse and John Legend.

Terry Jones says various e-mails and letters she's received about her mom spurred her to do the album. It took a year to put it all together, culling material from a collection of tape reels and ideas from her mother's diary.

"A few years ago Helen and I were in Tokyo," says Terry, "and my mother's music was up front with Mariah [Carey] and other current artists. At that point, I got it. And it's always been a dream of mine to record something with my mom's voice and mine together. We felt like she was right there with us."

The new album also gave Terry Jones a chance to clear up some misinformation about her mother's death. She died at 27 and not 28 as was widely reported. Nor did she pass away backstage between shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. After doing a matinee show, Jones decided to go home to Newark to rest before her evening performance. She fell asleep and slipped into a coma.

A songwriter as well, Linda Jones penned the talking intro to her version of the Jerry Butler song "For Your Precious Love." Jones' version, "Your Precious Love," climbed to No. 15 on the R&B chart in 1972.

"Linda Jones was rapping before rap was coined as an actual art form," says Bruner. "She always wanted to communicate with her audience like they were sitting in her living room. She called it soul talkin'."

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