Limited edition of 1000.
Lots of you seem to like the Kent EPs that we’ve been putting out in the last couple of years, and we can promise you that there’ll be several more in the coming months. Many will be comprised of music recorded in the American South, a part of the world close to the Kent A&R staff’s hearts for any number of reasons beyond the obvious quality of the music that sprung from there. Lovers of southern soul will be well pleased with these, particularly as a number of them will contain music that they have never heard before…
In the wake of ‘The Stars Of Goldwax’ and ‘The Stars Of Fame’ it’s great to be able to end the year with an EP containing four songs by a man who recorded for one of those labels and, on occasion, at the studios of the other. ‘James Carr In Muscle Shoals’ brings together the three tracks from James’ 1968 session at the Shoals area’s Quinvy Studios, and complements it with one from an early 1969 session at FAME. While all of the tracks have been released before, two are hitherto unreleased on vinyl and the other two have been mixed into first-time stereo, from the original 4 track multis, expressly for this project.
The contents of the EP offer a well rounded demonstration of James Augustus Carr’s abundant vocal capabilities. Deep soul, country soul, funky soul – James could do the lot and do it all well, even if it’s the deeper side of his catalogue that has predominantly earned him his enduring reputation with collectors and fans the world over.
All four selections included here offer five star performances, but Southern Soul seldom gets better than it does on our lead track, ‘That’s The Way Life Turned Out For Me’, a truly intense performance that sets the tone for what follows in its wake (and the version of ‘Life Turned Her That Way’ that does follow it, is different to the one that previously graced 50% of a Goldwax 45). Fans of the up-tempo side of James will be pleased to have his take on the Young Rascals’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Thing’ on vinyl at long last, while collectors of versions of George Jackson’s terrific song ‘Search Your Heart’ will be just as delighted to own James’ cut on vinyl for the first time.
As well as the great music on offer, our cover features – as a bonus - a very rare photo of James that has only appeared once before in any Ace/Kent project. Packaged in a style that complements our previous and future Extended Play releases, and available only as a limited edition of 1000 copies (when they’re gone, they’re gone…) this is sure to be snapped up swiftly on its way to becoming a future collectors’ item…
…Next up in this ‘series’? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see what that is, but I can promise you already that you’ll like it!
By Tony Rounce