James Carr

The Complete Goldwax Singles

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
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2:23 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:00 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:04 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
14
2:29 SpotifyAmazon
15
2:57 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
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2:22 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:00 SpotifyAmazon
19 1:57 SpotifyAmazon
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2:17 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:15 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
26 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
27 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
28 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
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