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James Carr|The Complete Goldwax Singles

The Complete Goldwax Singles

James Carr

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All 28 songs from Carr's 1964-1970 Goldwax singles are here, which is enough to make it a fair bid for a good best-of compilation, although it doesn't have everything he recorded. About half of the songs on this British import are not on the most well-known American CD compilation of Carr's work, The Essential James Carr, and those tracks are consistent with the level of his other Goldwax recordings, although they don't include anything on the level of "The Dark End of the Street" or "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man." This disc is particularly valuable for filling in some of his earliest 1964-1966 sides, which have a very slightly poppier and more up-tempo bent than his most esteemed songs. "That's What I Want to Know"'s groove is pretty Motown-ish, for instance, while "I Can't Make It" and "Only Fools Run Away" have Marvelettes-like chirping in the background. The 1970 funk update of "Row, Row Your Boat" isn't much to cheer about, though. There are plenty who will argue the point, but this doesn't quite live up to Carr's billing as the greatest '60s deep soul singer; Otis Redding (who Carr resembles in some respects) was better, and others had better and more imaginative material. It's good, certainly, and recommended to fans of artists like Redding who are looking for similar stuff that doesn't get played on the radio anymore.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
The Dark End of the Street
00:02:33

Chips Moman, Composer - Dan Penn, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

2
These Ain't Raindrops
00:02:37

James Carr, MainArtist - Quinton Claunch, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

3
A Man Needs a Woman
00:02:50

O.B. McClinton, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist - Quinton Claunch, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

4
Life Turned Her That Way
00:02:32

Harlan Howard, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

5
Freedom Train
00:02:19

Steve Bogard, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist - Larry Rogers, Composer - Carl Wells, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

6
Pouring Water on a Drowning Man
00:02:43

Danny McCormick, Composer - Drew Baker, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

7
Everybody Needs Somebody
00:02:42

Bob McDill, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

8
That's the Way Love Turned Out for Me
00:03:18

David Hall, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist - Quinton Claunch, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

9
To Love Somebody
00:03:19

Barry Gibb, Composer - Robin Gibb, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

10
You've Got My Mind Messed Up
00:02:23

O.B. McClinton, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

11
I'm a Fool for You
00:02:00

Dan Greer, Composer - George Jackson, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist - Earl Cage, Composer - Quinton Claunch, Composer - Rudolph Russell, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

12
A Losing Game
00:02:04

James Carr, Composer, MainArtist - Denny Weaver, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

13
Stronger Than Love
00:02:31

James Carr, MainArtist - Clarence Shields, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

14
Lovable Girl
00:02:29

O.B. McClinton, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

15
Forgetting You
00:02:57

O.B. McClinton, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

16
Love Attack
00:02:57

James Carr, MainArtist - Quinton Claunch, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

17
She's Better Than You
00:02:22

O.B. McClinton, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

18
Coming Back to Me Baby
00:02:00

James Carr, MainArtist - Quinton Claunch, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

19
That's What I Want to Know
00:01:58

James Carr, Composer, MainArtist - Roosevelt Jamison, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

20
Talk Talk
00:02:17

James Carr, MainArtist - Bill Huskey, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

21
I Can't Make It
00:02:20

James Carr, MainArtist - Roosevelt Jamison, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

22
Only Fools Run Away
00:02:51

James Carr, MainArtist - Charles Eldred, Composer - Helen Keep, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

23
You Don't Want Me
00:02:38

James Carr, MainArtist - Roosevelt Jamison, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

24
Lover's Competition
00:02:15

James Carr, MainArtist - Rudolph Russell, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

25
Row, Row Your Boat
00:02:14

James Carr, MainArtist - MACK VICKERY, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

26
Gonna Send You Back to Georgia
00:02:24

Johnnie Mae Matthews, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist - Jake Hammonds, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

27
Let It Happen
00:02:42

Spooner Oldham, Composer - Dan Penn, Composer - James Carr, MainArtist

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

28
A Message to Young Lovers
00:02:47

James Carr, MainArtist - Quinton Claunch, Composer - Rudolph Russell, Composer

2011 Ace Records 2011 Ace Records

Album Description

All 28 songs from Carr's 1964-1970 Goldwax singles are here, which is enough to make it a fair bid for a good best-of compilation, although it doesn't have everything he recorded. About half of the songs on this British import are not on the most well-known American CD compilation of Carr's work, The Essential James Carr, and those tracks are consistent with the level of his other Goldwax recordings, although they don't include anything on the level of "The Dark End of the Street" or "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man." This disc is particularly valuable for filling in some of his earliest 1964-1966 sides, which have a very slightly poppier and more up-tempo bent than his most esteemed songs. "That's What I Want to Know"'s groove is pretty Motown-ish, for instance, while "I Can't Make It" and "Only Fools Run Away" have Marvelettes-like chirping in the background. The 1970 funk update of "Row, Row Your Boat" isn't much to cheer about, though. There are plenty who will argue the point, but this doesn't quite live up to Carr's billing as the greatest '60s deep soul singer; Otis Redding (who Carr resembles in some respects) was better, and others had better and more imaginative material. It's good, certainly, and recommended to fans of artists like Redding who are looking for similar stuff that doesn't get played on the radio anymore.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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