- CDレコとCD/DVDまとめ買いで1000円OFF。6月30日（日）23:59まで。詳しくはキャンペーンページをご確認ください。 詳細はこちら (細則もこちらからご覧いただけます)
- 【10％OFF】オーディオ製品とCD/レコードのまとめ買いがお買い得。詳しくは詳細ページをご確認ください。 詳細はこちら (細則もこちらからご覧いただけます)
★ATLANTIC R&B BEST COLLECTION 1000
2件中1 - 2件目のレビューを表示
Because this January 2016 CD reissue is by 'Ace Records of the UK' (using their Kent Soul label imprint) and 'best ever audio' hardly even scrapes the surface. This CD reissue sounds truly amazing – presented in crystal clear glorious STEREO. As if that's not enough enticement this new version also offers up something quite rare – five Previously Unreleased album outakes tagged on at the end that are actually worth shelling out for. Ho! Ho! Ho! as the visually-impaired Montgomery Soul singer would say-chuckle. Let's get to the 'looking for a fox' details...
UK released Friday, 29 January 2016 – "This Is Clarence Carter/The Dynamic Clarence Carter...And More" by CLARENCE CARTER on Ace/Kent Soul CDKEND 444 (Barcode 029667244428) offers 2LPs onto 1CD plus Five Previously Unreleased Outtakes and plays out as follows (76:41 minutes):
1. Do What You Gotta Do
2. Looking For A Fox
3. Slippin' Around
4. I'm Qualified
5. I Can't See Myself
6. Wind It Up
7. Part Time Love [Side 2]
8. Thread The Needle
9. Slip Away
10. Funky Fever
11. She's Ain’t Gonna Do Right
12. Set Me Free
Tracks 1 to 12 are his debut album "This Is Clarence Carter" in Stereo – released December 1968 in the USA on Atlantic SD 8192 and in the UK on Atlantic 588 152
13. I'd Rather Go Blind
14. Think About It
15. The Road Of Love
16. You've Been A Long Time Coming
17. Light My Fire
18. That Old Time Feeling
19. Steal Away [Side 2]
20. Let Me Comfort You
21. Look What I Got
22. Too Weak To Fight
23. Harper Valley PTA
24. Weekend Love
Tracks 13 to 24 are his 2nd album "The Dynamic Clarence Carter" in Stereo – released March 1969 in the USA on Atlantic SD 8199 and in the UK on Atlantic 588 172
BONUS TRACKS Recorded 1966-1967:
25. I'm Happy-Go-Lucky (Mono)
26. She Ain't Gonna Do Right (Mono)
27. Take Me, Use Me (Stereo)
28. There Won't Be Another Sunset (Mono)
29. I'll Be Over After A While (Mono)
The 16-page booklet features full plates of the American artwork front and rear for both LPs – but cleverly Ace have reproduced the 'Original Notes' on the rear of each LP in clear print so fans can actually read the text. There's new liner notes from Soul Expert DEAN RUDLAND that goes into wonderful track-by-track knowledge. The two other Ace CDs they've done for Clarence Carter have been for his Fame Records 7" singles – the vast majority of which were in MONO – so these album in glorious true STEREO are something to behold. The reissue label's long-standing Audio Engineer DUNCAN COWELL handled the transfers and Remasters – and wow is all I can say. I've adored "Looking For A Fox" as one of those sneakily great 60ts Soul groovers that slaughter all in its path when you're out on the dancefloor. The album STEREO cut of "Looking For A Fox" presents subtle differences in that it loses the background singers that were on the Mono single cut – but the upside is that the Audio punch is unbelievable and the thrill factor just as good. This is a fantastic sounding CD and Carter fans will absolutely have to ditch all previous versions...
The debut album had been two years in the making for the blind singer – gathering songs and finally getting into Rick Hall's Fame Studios. His debut opens with the rather schlocky Johnny Rivers and Jimmy Webb vehicle "Do What You Gotta Do" – but by the time you get to his fabulous ballad "I Can't See Myself (Crying About You)" and the funky keyboard groove of "Wind It Up" – you're being hit with a lethal combo – great tunes transferred with rolicking audio. Side 2 opens with the chugging Soul of Clay Hammond's "Part Time Love" – the Fame Gang Session Players laying down a blinder on Guitar, Piano and Horns (wow city). Rudland rightly points out that there's a cymbal on "Thread The Needle" that seems to have been overdubbed onto the Stereo mix – the thing is that this sucker sounds so clear - it threatens to punch a hole in your speaker stack. Clarence's utterly gorgeous "Slip Away" is full and clean - and many people's fave raver "Funky Fever" is surely going to make you shimmy your shammy and not give a monkeys what the neighbours think...
His 2nd album only cemented the building reputation of the debut – it opens with a truly stunning transfer of "I'd Rather Go Blind" – a cover of an Etta James classic on Chess. Don Covay & Otis Redding's "Think About It" sounds fantastic too – but Duane Allman fans will freak out for "The Road To Love" – their hero plays a wild guitar solo half way through (flanged left to right and away) and its never sounded this clear to me (and I've had this track at least five times before on varying compilations). Two great sounding tracks follow – Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "You've Been A Long Time Coming" and The Doors classic "Light My Fire" – but despite the quality transfer neither ignites and in fact feel slightly uncomfortable against the rest of the real Soul Music on the album. Things return to kick ass with the wonderful slink-funk of "That Old Time Feeling" – a co-write between Carter and Rick Hall. His lovely cover of the Jimmy Hughes chart winner "Steal Away" comes at you with such clarity as to make you double take. But my itchy fingers immediately flick to my double Side 2 craves – "Too Weak To Fight" and the fabulous guitar-funk of "Weekend Love" - both dancing like Abbot Costello with ants in his pants. Even his cover of Jeannie C Riley's "Harper Valley PTA" rocks – a cautionary tale where we're reliably informed by the nice principals of said educational establishment that "...Mrs. Johnson...you're wearing your dresses too high..." (oh dear).
I had though the Previously Unreleased would be throw away (four in Mono and one in Stereo) – but thankfully they're not. After all that Stereo bliss – the Mono "I'm Happy-Go-Lucky" comes as an audio shock but a minute in and I'm hooked – a great groove that shows his undeniable knack for picking a 'feeling' and nailing it. Both it and "There Won't Be Another Sunset" are from the same 1967 session and Rudland is right to describe them as 'rather wonderful'. Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn's "She Ain't Gonna Do Right" is a demo and despite its 'frail' audio still sounds great - while the Stereo "Take Me, Use Me" features some lady vocalists to great effect (uncredited unfortunately). His own "I'll Be Over After A While" ends the music fest on an upbeat note...
I've loved Ace's commitment to Soul and R&B across the four long decades they been in the Reissue game. But for me - a long time reviewer and passionate lover of both genres – this CD is something of an Audio milestone. Fantastic music accompanied by truly awesome transfers of it. I know its only the end of January but for little old fart me this is already a shoe in for 2016 'Soul CD Reissue Of The Year'...
PS: I also highly recommend "The Fame Singles Volume 1: 1966-70" by Clarence Carter that Ace put out in 2012 – it has 24 Mono Tracks in blistering sound quality and features many non-album cuts too. See my review...
- contains the charting singles:
-- "Thread the Needle" [#38 soul / #98 pop]
-- "Looking for a Fox" [#20 soul / #62 pop]
-- "SLIP AWAY" [#2 soul / #6 pop]
-- "Funky Fever" [#49 soul / #88 pop] [flip side of "Slip Away"]
"The Dynamic Clarence Carter" (1969) [#22 soul album / #169 pop]
- contains the charting single:
-- "TOO WEAK TO FIGHT" [#3 soul // #7 pop in Record World / #13 pop in Billboard and Cash Box]
Clarence Carter was Fame's top artist, with 21 soul chart hits and seven 1968-70 top tens. His church-influenced baritone and unique, very-personal-to-him phrasing are instantly identifiable and unmistakable, whether he's delivering the deepest of deep soul with a tear in his voice, or else sheer playfulness with his patented joyful chuckle - or anything in-between. His songs can be soulful, funky and grooving. bluesy, country and even pop-ballad-y (Jimmy Webb's "Do What You Gotta Do" and Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil's "You've Been a Long Time Coming," for example), but they all come out distinctly Clarence Carter in prime form. Eight songs appearing on these two LPs were written or co-written by CC, including his funky hits "Thread the Needle, "Looking for a Fox," and of course "Funky Fever," as well as his big follow-up hit to "Slip Away," the fantastic "Too Weak to Fight," which features the lowest, slowest croak on record, perfectly encapsulating the emotional quandary he is in.
Carter's choice of material to cover (besides the aforementioned pop ballad covers) is brilliant, and that includes the Fame label's first hit, Jimmy Hughes's scintillating "Steal Away"; the stand-out slow-burning soul blues of Clay Hammond's "Part Time Love" (popularized by Little Johnny Taylor) and Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind" (this is the best-ever male rendition of it); the Doors' "Light My Fire" (although he hews closely - maybe a little too closely, out of admiration - to the José Feliciano interpretation); the Curly Putnam country ballad "Set Me Free" (containing Clarence's movingly-delivered monologue midway); and the country-pop crossover smash "Harper Valley P.T.A." (penned by Tom T. Hall), which he somehow makes amazingly funky.
The Muscle Shoals musicianship was in its heyday and is phenomenal: the keyboards, guitars, soul horns and saxes, all with startlingly fresh and soulfully powerful arrangements; and, wow those Muscle Shoals rhythm sections (!) and the immediacy of sound that only Fame's founder and engineering/producing wizard Rick Hall could create. (Hall of Fame, indeed!) And did I mention that the guitar legend himself, Duane Allman, played on "The Dynamic Clarence Carter"? I had "The Dynamic Clarence Carter" LP in 1969 and considered it to be my most vibrant-sounding stereo album. It is not terribly surprising that in Kent Soul's expert hands that same quality (to the extent possible) is retained on CD.
With that said about the fabulous sound mastering on these two superb LP releases, one should be warned that the five previously unreleased bonus tracks are demos going back to '66-67 - so expect demo-quality sound (so different from everything that comes before on this disc). Still, it's pretty good stuff: the ironically-titled pounding blues "I'm Happy-Go-Lucky"; the emphatic "Take Me, Use Me" with its strong female backing vocal; the warm country-soul ballad "There Won't Be Another Sunset"; and the C.C.-penned closer titled "I'll Be Over After a While" is an upbeat pop-gospel-style hybrid by Clarence & Calvin (Clarence came to Fame as part of a duet act) that had potential hit (à la Sam & Dave or James & Bobby Purify) written all over it.
The 16-page accompanying booklet contains all the color graphics you would ever want associated with these two LPs, along with the original liner notes (reprinted for absolute clarity) and Dean Rudland's brand-new ones.
This is another outstanding entry in Kent Soul's epic Fame Records series.