James Carr | The Complete James Carr, Volume 2

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The Complete James Carr, Volume 2

by James Carr

Included is his clear-cut masterpiece "Dark End of the Street." Given a tortuously intense performance by Carr, "Dark End of the Street" was a bleak tale of adultery that marked the first songwriting collaboration between Dan Penn and Chips Moman; although the song was recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Linda Ronstadt, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Carr's original version still stands as definitive.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Memphis Soul
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1. You Don't Want Me
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2. The Dark End of the Street
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3. Hit and Run
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4. I'm Going for Myself Now
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5. The Word Is Out / What the World Needs Now
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6. Bring Her Back
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7. Sock It to Me
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8. I've Got to Have You
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9. U-Turn
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10. Freedom Train
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11. Coming Back to Me Baby
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12. Stronger Than Love
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13. More Love
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14. You Didn't Know It But You Had Me
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15. Gonna Send You Back to Georgia
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16. Life Turned Her That Way
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17. Let Me Be Right
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Included is his clear-cut masterpiece "Dark End of the Street." Given a tortuously intense performance by Carr, "Dark End of the Street" was a bleak tale of adultery that marked the first songwriting collaboration between Dan Penn and Chips Moman; although the song was recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Linda Ronstadt, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Carr's original version still stands as definitive. One of the greatest pure vocalists that deep Southern soul ever produced, James Carr is often mentioned in the same breath as Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Aretha Franklin in terms of the wrenching emotional power in his delivery. Or at least he is by hardcore soul aficionados; despite producing several classic R&B singles and some of the most intense country-soul ever waxed, Carr never achieved the pop crossover success that could have made him a household name, and his material wasn't always as distinctive as that of Stax artists like Redding or Sam & Dave. Ultimately, though, Carr's greatest obstacle was himself: he was plagued for much of his life by severe depression that made pursuit of a career -- or, for that matter, even single recording sessions -- extraordinarily difficult, and derailed his occasional comeback attempts.


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