Tami Lynn – 1972 – Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone

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We were the first to introduce you Doris Duke, Timi Yuro and Lorraine Ellison.

Here’s another lady with a great voice in her only rare album.

 

1972 Cotillion/Atlantic rare groove classic from soul singer Tami Lynn, who is best known for her work with the Rolling Stones, Dr. John and others. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Bert Berns.

 

A deep-soul treasure, the disc’s first half is a devastating heartbreak suite, and the second is fired by the up tempo strut of a woman on the comeback trail.

 

This is a nice @320 vinyl rip of my original Cotillion LP, with covers.

 

Tracks

Side1

A1. (a) Monologue: Introduction To A Love Affair
(b) Wings Upon Your Horn
A2. (a) Monologue: Hoping
(b) Love Is Here & Now You’re Gone
A3. (a) Monologue: Final Attempt
(b) Can’t Last Much Longer
A4. (a) Monologue: The Next Time!
(b) That’s Understanding
Total 20:50

Side 2
B1. I’m Gonna Run Away From You 2:49
B2. Ain’t No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes) 2:18
B3. A World You Left Behind You 4:44
B4. Never No More 2:49
B5. Mo Jo Hanna 3: 23
B6. One Night Of Sin 2:53

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New Orlean’s soul singer Tami Lynn had already been in the business for the better part of a decade when her full-length debut appeared toward the end of 1971. In addition to backing up sessions for Dr. John, Sonny & Cher, the Rolling Stones, and Wilson Pickett, she’d made a pair of incredible 45’s, one of which became a belated hit on the dance floors of England. A bona fide classic Northern Soul single, the ebullient “I’m Gonna Run Away From You” had been recorded for ATCO in 1965 after A&R man Jerry Wexler, producer of Dusty In Memphis and countless other classics, had discovered the young singer at a talent showcase. After the song finally found an audience, it was included – probably unwisely – on an album of songs with which it had very little in common. Predictably, the Northern Soul crowd didn’t care much for the other tracks on the album and refrained from purchasing it, sadly relegating it to three long decades of obscurity.


The album was produced by John Abbey, who as a consultant for Polydor’s Mojo soul subsidiary had been responsible for the reissue of “I’m Gonna Run Away From You,” a Top 40 hit in the UK for 14 months after its release. Abbey, a big fan of country music, brought Tami to Malaco Studios in Jackson, Mississippi, to record and chose Loretta Lynn’s “Wings Upon Your Horn” as the opening cut. The first three tracks on Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone have a lot in common with the country-influenced soul of Candi Staton and Bettye Swann. All three are incredibly beautiful and moving songs; after the initial thrill of the fantastic “Run Away” fades, the beginning of the album is what you’ll find yourself returning to over and over again. Lynn’s version of “Can’t Last Much Longer” by New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint is particularly wonderful.
With the exception of the string-drenched “Ain’t No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes)”, the rest of the album is a whole lot funkier. Aside from the aforementioned “I’m Gonna Run Away From You,” which makes hardly any sense in the context of the album, the best of the later tracks is a rousing cover of the Patterson Sisters’ “That’s Understanding”. The song’s arrangement has more than a passing resemblance to Jean Knight’s massive hit “Mr. Big Stuff,” which had been recorded by a house band at the same studio. “Never No More” the only Tami Lynn original on the album, is also pretty great. Included as bonus tracks are both sides of the impromptu Cotillion single “Mo Jo Hanna”, which Jerry Wexler produced after he ran into his former protégé at one of her sessions with Dr. John
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Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone album you will find a whole lot more than a killer compilation cut. You’ll discover an absolute monster deep soul album and a tale of record biz genius and folly.
The folly is that no one could parlay a unique voice, a killer album, talent and chops into a sensation. The genius came from her discoverer (Jerry Wexler), the producer (Wardell Quezergue-the highly underrated and prolific New Orleans music cat) , the session band (recorded at Malaco in Jackson,MS)and Tami Lynn.
Side one of Love is Here..,is a suite of tunes that tell the story of a love affair in almost southern gothic fashion. The songs come from sources as diverse as Allen Toussaint, Holland,Dozier ,Holland, and Loretta Lynn and our linked (as was the style of the day) by monologues. The tempos are very slow and build up to my favorite track, That’s Understanding; a “Mr.Big Stuff”-style tune that surges (or is it escalates) along to a symphonic, horn blasting, almost rock crescendo, with Tami’s voice a perfect fit for every arrangement. Loud, soft,confident,vulnerable it’s all in there..and that’s just side 1.

Side 2 is a bit of a letdown as the record company tries to shoe horn re recordings of her earlier British hit and prior regional successes into the mix, but tunes like One Night of Sin and Tami’s voice pull the side through. It is a damn shame this album didn’t make it big, but I’m glad I’ve found it and I hope the What it is! box leads some more folks to it.
From a very early age Tami Lynn was a singer. Brought up and cutting her teeth in New Orleans, she went on to a brief brush with fame and a long career as an in demand session vocalist, including work with the Rolling Stones for the Exile on Main Street sessions. For her (and most folks) that would be enough, but,on top of a lifetime of great music, she went ahead and cut one of the most beautiful classic southern soul LP’s ever waxed.

Understand that!

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11 Comments
  • dan
    Posted at 00:16h, 03 May 2008 Reply

    This is so very good. Thank you!

  • dim
    Posted at 00:53h, 03 May 2008 Reply

    thanks a lot

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 00:36h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • robert
    Posted at 00:45h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    This is beautiful soul music!

    Thank you!

  • modfather
    Posted at 00:15h, 03 October 2008 Reply

    is there a link for side 1 pls

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 00:46h, 03 October 2008 Reply

    Modfather, it’s there my friend. it says side1. it’s a 20 minutes suite consists of songs and monologues without cut between them.

  • modfather
    Posted at 10:47h, 03 October 2008 Reply

    got it nikos cheers m8, if any more of tami lynn is around wud be great, thanks for reply buddy

  • VINCENT
    Posted at 18:13h, 16 February 2009 Reply

    I ALWAYS HAVE A HARD TIME TRYING NOT TO CRY WHEN LISTENING TO THIS ONE
    BEAUTIFUL

  • raggedy
    Posted at 05:13h, 18 February 2009 Reply

    Tami is one great singer, and the music still “feels’ kind of new — not dated.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 13:43h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    great record! you’re dead right nikos, ‘run away’ is a stomper but side 1 of this album is achingly beautiful, particularly ‘love is here and now you’re gone’. thank you for sharing this absolute gem with us…

  • albgardis
    Posted at 17:58h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    wow, I had no idea “Run away from you” was a classic!?
    I have only heard it from Precious Wilson before, who recorded that (as a Frank Farian production) during 1981-82 for her 1982 album “All coloured in love”. Strangely enough, it was not included in the original (german) pressing, but added later on in the UK pressing.

    I always loved that song! So powerfull. Maybe that is why I am so biased about it, as Wilson’s version (of course) is the original TO ME (as I heard that first). The real original (by Tami Lynn) seems a bit tame to my ears for that reason.

    But the rest of the album I am liking a lot!!
    Thank you Nikos!

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