The Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 2 1966-67 Various Artists (Goldwax)

£14.91

Availablity:
World
Genre:
60s Soul
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCH2 1236

This second volume is the label’s golden period, where classic southern soul 45s poured out and James Carr cemented his place in the pantheon of great soul singers with a series of releases that are simply jaw-dropping.

However Goldwax’s owners worked hard to diversify, in the hope that it wouldn’t suddenly be caught in the cold by a sudden change in musical fashion.

1966-7 was when James Carr released five singles. The run of the first four A-sides ‘You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up’, ‘Love Attack’, ‘Pouring Water On A Drowning Man’ and ‘Dark End Of The Street’ are peerless, and it is almost unbelievable that they were a consecutive run of singles. The Ovations also released some superb 45s throughout this period as did number two soul man Spencer Wiggins, who served up the sublime ‘Uptight Good Woman’, among others. There are also brilliant slices of southern soul from Percy Milem, Eddie Jefferson, George (Jackson) and (Dan) Greer and Barbara Perry.

Part of the fun of a complete singles set are the oddities and one-offs that come up. Here are excursions into garage rock, with the respected local Memphis group the Yo Yos aping the sounds of the British Invasion, who were influenced by the sounds of America in the first place. It also sees the start of an attempt to move into the country market with records by Kathy Davis and Carmol Taylor, which led to the launch of a new label – Timmy – specializing in this type of music. The singles usually included one side of the sort of country ballads that are a close relation to the deepest southern soul. They are a pleasure to hear and are reissued for the very first time.

There is also a wider sense of the R&B and soul world beyond the impassioned voices of Carr and Wiggins: OB McClinton released his final, Ernie K Doe-sounding 45; there is a typical Memphis instrumental from Gene “Bowlegs” Miller; and an attempt or two by Ivory Joe Hunter to rekindle his career. The veteran star’s 40s and 50s recordings were very much favourites of Elvis Presley, and Hunter was based in Memphis throughout the 60s.

Goldwax’s golden age was when their main star was regularly in the charts and their recordings were hailed as great. These were always strong enough to stand alone. What is fascinating is to hear them in context of what was going on around them.

By Dean Rudland

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    You've Got My Mind Messed Up - James Carr

  • 02
    That's What I Want To Know - James Carr

  • 03
    Leaning On You - The Yo Yo's

  • 04
    I Can't Forget You - The Yo Yo's

  • 05
    Hello Daughter - Leroy Daniel

  • 06
    Gonna Comb You Out Of My Hair - Leroy Daniel

  • 07
    Trying To Make It - Oboe

  • 08
    I'm Just That Kind Of Fool For You - Oboe

  • 09
    Here It Is Now - Gene "Bowlegs" Miller

  • 10
    What Time Ye Got - Gene "Bowlegs" Miller

  • 11
    I Believe I'll Go Back Home - The Ovations

  • 12
    Qualifications - The Ovations

  • 13
    Every Little Bit Helped Me - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 14
    I Can Make You Happy - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 15
    Little Things - Jeanne Newman

  • 16
    Ain't That Lonely - Jeanne Newman

  • 17
    Take Me Just As I Am - Spencer Wiggins

  • 18
    The Kind Of Woman That's Got No Heart - Spencer Wiggins

  • 19
    Love Attack - James Carr

  • 20
    Coming Back To Me Baby - James Carr

  • 21
    Gotta Find A New Love - The Yo Yo's

  • 22
    I've Got Something In My Eye - The Yo Yo's

  • 23
    Pouring Water On A Drowning Man - James Carr

  • 24
    Forgetting You - James Carr

  • 25
    Old Friend (You Asked Me If I Miss Her) - Spencer Wiggins

  • 26
    Walking Out On You - Spencer Wiggins

  • 27
    You Didn't Know It But You Had Me - George & Greer

  • 28
    Good Times - George & Greer

Side 2

  • 01
    Me And My Imagination - The Ovations

  • 02
    They Say - The Ovations

  • 03
    Crying Baby Baby Baby - Percy Milem

  • 04
    Call On Me - Percy Milem

  • 05
    When You Look In The Mirror - Eddie Jefferson

  • 06
    Some Other Time - Eddie Jefferson

  • 07
    The Dark End Of The Street - James Carr

  • 08
    Lovable Girl - James Carr

  • 09
    Say You Need It - Barbara Perry

  • 10
    Unlovable - Barbara Perry

  • 11
    Cry Me A Hand Full - The Terry's

  • 12
    Stormy Love Affair - The Terry's

  • 13
    Don't You Believe Him - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 14
    What's The Matter Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 15
    Have Some Boogaloo - Timmy Thomas

  • 16
    Liquid Mood - Timmy Thomas

  • 17
    Uptight Good Woman - Spencer Wiggins

  • 18
    Anything You Do Is Alright - Spencer Wiggins

  • 19
    I've Gotta Go - The Ovations feat Louis Williams

  • 20
    Ride My Troubles And Blues Away - The Ovations feat Louis Williams

  • 21
    The Wife Of The Life Of The Party - Kathy Davis

  • 22
    You Can Dish It Out (But Can You Take It) - Kathy Davis

  • 23
    Let It Happen - James Carr

  • 24
    A Losing Game - James Carr

  • 25
    Did She Ask About Me - Carmol Taylor

  • 26
    Here Comes The Fool - Carmol Taylor

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