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