Clarence Carter – 1970 – Patches

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A blind soul singer whose numerous hits of the late ’60s and early ’70s epitomized the Muscle Shoals rhythm blues sound, Carter hit the big time with his Atlantic single “Patches” (1970) and won a lasting place in the annals of Southern soul with others like “Slip Away” and “Too Weak to Fight.”

He joined Atlantic records in 1968 and made 4 great records, last one was Patches which is maybe his best.

 

Tracks

A1. Willie And Laura Mae Jones 4.18
A2. Say Man 3.25
A3. I’m Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin’) 2.15
A4. Let It Be 3.29
A5. I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone 2.34
A6. Your Love Lifted Me 2.35

B1. Till I Can’t Take It Anymore 3.13
B2. Patches 3.11
B3. It’s All In Your Mind 2.37
B4. Changes 2.53
B 5. C.C. Blues 3.25
B6. Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise) 2.19

Clarence Carter’s first major-hit album remains a must-own record, holding up extraordinarily well across four decades. Carter’s singing possesses an immediacy and emotional impact that is as striking today as it was in 1970, and displays a vast range as well. The title track is the best-known song here, though “It’s All in Your Mind” was also a hit later in the year, and “I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone” and “Your Love Lifted Me” could easily have joined it and topped the pop charts as well. Carter even provides a bracing authentic gospel approach to the then-new Beatles song “Let It Be,” taking the song back to the roots whence Paul McCartney drew his inspiration. He also assumes a more pop-oriented persona on “Till I Can’t Take It Anymore” on which Carter starts to sound a bit like Elvis Presley, while on “It’s All in Your Mind” he seems to invoke the ghost of Sam Cooke. On his own “C.C. Blues” Carter’s bluesiest persona emerges, his crunchy guitar playing off beautifully against a soaring horn section and Clayton Ivey’s piano, and he returns to a soul sound for the finale, the soaring “Getting the Bills (But No Merchandise).”

Patches“, (first recorded by Chairmen of the Board), was a UK number 2 and a US number 4 in 1970, and was nominated for a Grammy in 1972.

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3 Comments
  • robert
    Posted at 16:24h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    this is really nice, first i’ve heard from this artist. thanks!

  • SPC
    Posted at 01:47h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    There’s a reggae connection to this – listen to ‘Flatfoot Hustling’ by Dillinger. I enjoy most stuff by Clarence Carter – what a voice!

  • Renée
    Posted at 21:17h, 27 January 2011 Reply

    I’m so discovering this man! Wow!

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