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Dont Count Me Out ~ The Fame Recordings Volume 1 [CD]

George Jackson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B005UXV6XM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Search Your Heart
2. I Can't Do Without You
3. Greedy Over You
4. 3-F Blues (Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em)
5. Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)
6. Let's Stop Hurting Each Other
7. Bite The Hand That Feeds You
8. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
9. I Want You So Bad
10. Stuck On Her
11. Don't Count Me Out
12. You Can't Make It No Better
13. Talking In Your Sleep
14. Statue Of Soul
15. The Feeling Is Right
16. Greasy Two By Four
17. You're At The Right Table
18. Let's Make It A Deal
19. Back In Your Arms
20. Love Without A Future
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* Hot on the heels of the sensational "The FAME Studios Story" box comes Kent's first compilation of 1960s recordings by a man revered in soul circles for six decades.

* As talented as he was prolific - and this is the first of what could end up being as many as three compilations of George's Fame material - he wrote songs for just about every important artist to record at FAME from 1968-72.

* Recorded at FAME's studios in Muscle Shoals and Memphis, here are his original takes on songs that he penned for Wilson Pickett, Willie Hightower, Candi Staton, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Hughes and more. Most are as good as and frequently are better than the familiar covers and any one could have made him a star of similar stature to his peers, if he'd not chosen to put writing above singing the songs in public.

* Kent's 2009 CD of George's early and mid-70s recordings for Sounds Of Memphis has sold extremely well and was universally admired by fans of quality Southern Soul.

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(2012/ACE) 24 (70:59) 12 page booklet.Medium 1
  1. Search Your Heart
  2. I Can't Do Without You
  3. 3-F Blues (Find'Em, Fool'Em And Forget'Em)
  4. Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)
  5. Let's Stop Hurting Each Other
  6. Greedy Over You
  7. Bite The Hand That Feeds You
  8. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
  9. I Want You So Bad
  10. Stuck On Her
  11. Don't Count Me Out
  12. You Can't Make It No Better
  13. Talking In Your Sleep
  14. Statue Of Soul
  15. The Feeling Is Right
  16. Greasy Two By Four
  17. You're At The Right Table
  18. Let's Make It A Deal
  19. Back In Your Arms
  20. Love Without A Future
  21. She's Rated G
  22. You're Gonna Need Me Again
  23. Evidence
  24. I Can't Love Without You

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from the best of the great FAME records..... 13 Dec 2011
By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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These 24 tracks are bascially a set of demos bar one track ('Search Your Heart') which was released as a single A-side. The recording dates not listed (probably because these are demos) but my guess is that they range from '68 to '71. There is very little 'sweetening' on the tracks so no strings and few horn overdubs but I haven't got an issue with that since for Southern Soul less is definitely more. However there are problems; firstly George Jackson was a pretty non-descript singer by the standards of the genre he was working in which lets face it had a surfeit of truly great vocalists (think James Carr, Otis Redding, Jimmy Hughes, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter and so on.... the list is long). Secondly despite the liners stating what a great songwriter he was (and he DID write more than his fair share of classics however not many are here!) a good proportion of the tracks included are pretty generic mid-tempo work-outs with few hooks to distinguish them and his singing is not sufficiently stellar to elevate the more middling material.

If you are a big fan of the southern soul genre then you'll probably gain some enjoyment from this CD but it simply isn't a patch on the recent FAME studio releases on KENT such as those by Etta James, Jimmy Hughes and especially Candi Staton, not to mention the generally excellent 'The FAME Studios Story' compilation. The best thing frankly about this release is simply the sound of the studio itself and the brilliant FAME studio players with the distinctive slightly 'draggy' rhythm section and lashings of reedy organ, which almost (but not quite) compensates for a majority of the tracks exhibiting anonymous songwriting with merely passable vocals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unheralded soul genius 27 Sep 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still amazed that these amazing George Jackson CD compilations are not getting more notice. This is sublime 1970s southern soul. His "In Memphis" was outstanding and so is this CD, the first volume of his Fame Recordings. Volume 2 just came out and you can rest assured I'm going to snare that one too! George Jackson was primarily known as a songwriter for most of his career, and many artists scored big hits with his tunes. But what's impressive is how good --- no, how excellent --- a recording artist he was in his own right. He possessed a fine, expressive voice that garnished each tune with a succulent sheen of soul. His voice may not have the jaw-dropping power of a James Carr or O.V. Wright, but it's not far behind those guys. These recordings all appear to be from either the late 60s or early 70s, but there aren't exact recording dates listed. But there is a nice booklet with information about Jackson and these recordings. It says that while going through the archives of Fame Records, they came across over 100 unissued tracks from George Jackson. That's the count so far ... there could be more! Man, that's mind boggling, the fact that so many songs of high quality were sitting in a vault for so many years. Huge thanks to Kent Records for putting together this compilation. I'm looking forward to Volume 2. Any fan of the Otis Redding/James Carr school of expressive soul singers needs to hear this guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His neglect in the pantheon of music is crimminal 22 July 2013
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I bought this on a whim, not really aware of his work.This is SOOO good. Could only come out of Memphis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This needs to be discovered by as many people as possible. 28 Aug 2013
By michael j. sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
George Jackson is famous for writing songs that were hits for others. Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, & Candi Staton among them. If you don't have the Kent Candi Staton anthology, Evidence, stop reading this and go get that immediately.

But turns out the songwriter's recordings have aged better than his interpreters, Staton excepted. He does not have the conventionally bass-y and gritty vocal stylings of either Pickett or Carter, but there is, above everything, a genuine honesty in his voice that sell these songs as bona fide classics.

The arrangements are for the most part simple and direct and featuring the 2nd and greatest of Fame Studios' rhythm sections as well as the Fame Gang. The sound on this cd (and it's companion, Let the Best Man Win) is wonderfully vibrant and gritty and real.

You found this page because you know who this man is and you're wondering if these are necessary considering you likely have many of the tunes in different incarnations. The short answer is they absolutely are.
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