Millie Jackson – 1974 – Caught Up

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A loose concept album about the consequences of a love affair with a married man, viewed from various sides. The opening suite “If Lovin’ You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right/The Rap”, a raid on Isaac Hayes‘s string-heavy slow funk stew, is one of the greatest recordings I’ve ever heard.

A TREASURE!

 

A1 If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right 3:56

A2 The Rap5:53

A3 If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right (Reprise) 1:14

A4 All I Want Is A Fighting Chance 2:37

A5 I’m Tired of Hiding3:45

B1 It’s All Over But The Shouting 2:53

B2 It’s Easy Going 4:08

B3 I’m Through Trying To Prove My Love To You 5:53

B4 Summer (The First Time) 5:58

 

The Reviews

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Taking the drama of a love triangle to logical extremes, Millie Jackson’s Caught Up turns the pitfalls of tainted love into the basis for a concept album (the seeds for soul music’s explicit treatment of the topic having been planted by James Carr’s “Dark End of the Street”). While the “other woman’s” view is taken up initially on cuts like the R&B hit “If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want to Be Right” the wife’s plight is covered on the second half of the disc with revealing titles like “It’s All Over But the Shouting“. Jackson also delivers some of her patented racy commentary on the appropriately named “The Rap“, while showing equal vigor in the album’s wealth of fine vocal performances, including an impressive cover of Bobby Womack’s “I’m Through Trying to Prove My Love to You“. Caught Up’s standout track, though, is the version of Bobby Goldsboro’s “Summer” that closes the record. Seemingly out of sync with the overriding concept, the song touches upon a girl’s loss of innocence to an older man. One soon realizes, though, that beyond sexual awakening, Jackson is really emphasizing the point of no return: after the epiphany, one is sent hurdling toward the power struggles and politics of adult relations, including, potentially, the moral crossroads of infidelity. Luckily, as soon as your mind overloads from pop semiotics, the in-the-pocket grooves supplied by the Muscle Shoals Swampers provides the needed salve. Jackson shows both brains and soul on this fine release, creating what might be the only concept album one can dance and drink to.

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As a certain english bard noticed centuries ago, fashion may change, politics are changing,religions too,but basic human emotions stays the same.”Caught up” recorded in 1974 still have the power to move the listener, 27 years after its release, simply because subject of love triangle would always be the part of our relationships and on this album explores this story with unsurpassed passion and honesty. Yes, true, music with its early, pre-disco funk could be recognized as result of early 1970’s but its the first class production and interpretation,nevertheless sounds great simply because its original and today funk stars are trying to achieve same effects. I found strange that at the time of release, Millie Jackson was considered to be singer who is hiding her vocal limitations with “rap”, when to my ears her robust, gritty, passionate voice sounds like one of the best voices I ever heard (combination of Gladys Knight and Tina Turner). I guess that her underrated status comes from the fact that every black female singer at the time was compared to Aretha Franklin, and Jackson openly admitted that she never had any singing lessons in her life – which make her one of the great natural talents and for me, she is singer nr.1 – I heard “Caught Up” just a few days ago and although I discovered it late (27 years after recording) I am fan for life.

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21 Comments
  • jerome green
    Posted at 09:49h, 10 June 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Thank you for the Millie. I can always get caught up with her. Keep on doin’ it right.

    Peace, Jerome

  • SPC
    Posted at 00:19h, 03 August 2008 Reply

    This blog introduced me to Millie Jackson Now I’m hooked. Thnx 🙂

  • Chris
    Posted at 05:35h, 17 November 2008 Reply

    I’ve got this on vinyl. Thanks for the time-saver on this one!!! Peace

  • Brain Damage
    Posted at 02:45h, 21 November 2008 Reply

    Perfect from beginning to end.

    The critics who wrote that Millie was “hiding her vocal limitations” surely had severe aural limitations. And emotional limitations, too. What a thrilling voice, really.

  • notis
    Posted at 02:54h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Millie is Godess!!! I’m prayin’ to Her for helth to your site!

  • tomed
    Posted at 16:12h, 23 March 2009 Reply

    Wow, this is so powerful. I sucked in and cant stop listening to it. Thankyou so much for all the time and dedication on this site. Essential and invaluble!

  • djrj
    Posted at 06:22h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    WOW… thanks for this..my mom is going to love this.. I think she is Millie’s #1 fan.

  • harry
    Posted at 18:35h, 12 May 2009 Reply

    What a brilliant record, have never heard of her before. Many Many thanks for your great site, appreciate your work very much.

  • Jazzwhat
    Posted at 15:22h, 12 September 2009 Reply

    thanks for another great listening trip!

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 15:38h, 29 September 2009 Reply

    thanks a lot !!!

  • sly don
    Posted at 05:41h, 29 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much for this. I’m so happy I now know it exists.

  • Phil Horneman
    Posted at 11:09h, 25 February 2010 Reply

    somehow this link is no longer available. Is there any chance to get a hold of a link to this album somehow? Maybe yousendit?

  • Marlon
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 December 2010 Reply

    Ciao nikos!..sei un grande!!…grazie di tutto!!!
    Much love from Italy!!

  • Dave
    Posted at 22:56h, 31 July 2011 Reply

    Millie is something else. As always, this is an unabashed expression of her feelings. Thank you.

  • Click Dark
    Posted at 05:50h, 17 August 2011 Reply

    I remember Millie jackson from a few of her 45s from the eighties and this is nice and different. Thanks so much, Click

  • bumcyk
    Posted at 00:08h, 07 December 2012 Reply

    don’t know how to thank you for this post. she’s brilliant 😀

  • Andy Leather
    Posted at 22:10h, 27 January 2013 Reply

    39 years old and still brilliant …what an album, timeless

  • Johnny
    Posted at 03:59h, 21 January 2014 Reply

    I have recently inherited my uncles vinyl collection and I found this album. The quality is not so good, but by chance I thought I’d jump on this site and see if it was here. Low and behold it is ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you all do. Bringing back so many memories of days gone by. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

  • Faab
    Posted at 22:10h, 04 May 2015 Reply

    Yeah ! That’s What Coming Up For!!

  • Jordi
    Posted at 20:51h, 08 August 2015 Reply

    Thank You! great album!

  • topazbon
    Posted at 06:40h, 21 September 2016 Reply

    Hey thanks so much, I’ve been after this album for years, a true classic!

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