The Best Of James Carr – James Carr
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The unforgettable Deep Soul singer was always in the shadow of Otis Redding and others. Yet with "The Dark End Of The Street" he created one of the most beautiful and long-lasting soul tracks ever.
James Carr's Goldwax career, lasting from the end of 1964 to early 1970, is revered among soul music fans. He only made it into the lower half of the Hot 100 Pop charts but managed to hit the R&B charts nine times out of 14 releases; each success is here. His intensely emotive style has continued to win fans long after his career and life ended, while his reputation has climbed into the top echelons of soul singers, mentioned by those who know with similar awe to those of Otis, Aretha and Sam Cooke.
Apart from the hit singles there are classic southern soul tracks like 'Lover's Competition', 'Life Turned Her That Way', 'A Losing Game' and 'Forgetting You'. Those were also issued as Goldwax 45s whereas Carr's stunning version of Otis' 'These Arms Of Mine', Wee Willie Walker's 'A Lucky Loser' and his own funky 'Your Love Made A U-Turn' were not discovered until 25 to 30 years after their recording.
His deep soul takes on the Masqueraders' 'Let's Face Facts' and Spencer Wiggins' 'Love Attack' also languished until the late '70s when they sneaked out unexpectedly on expensive Japanese LPs. Famous for his hit ballads like 'The Dark End Of The Street' and his even bigger chart success 'You've Got My Mind Messed Up', he could set dancefloors of the '60s alight with grooves like 'Freedom Train' and the Northern Soul favorite 'That's What I Want To Know'. All these tracks have been picked for their musical excellence and to show the wide range of soul styles Carr could apply himself to.
A1 The Dark End Of The Street
A2 Love Attack
A3 Freedom Train
A4 Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
A5 A Lucky Loser
A6 You Hurt So Good
A7 Let’S Face Facts
B1 You’Ve Got My Mind Messed Up
B2 A Man Needs A Woman
B3 To Love Somebody
B4 I’M A Fool For You
B5 Your Love Made A U-Turn
B6 I Don’T Want To Be Hurt Anymore
B7 Let It Happen