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on 10 November 2007
Finally, fans of Clydie's solo records from the 60's get a compendium of her releases on the Imperial and Minit record-labels from the years 1965 to 1968.
Clydie has of course had an illustrious career as a session-singer, backing super-stars such as Dylan, Dusty Springfield etc well as being one of Ray Charles' Raelettes .
The first 6 tracks comprise of the three 45's released in 1965/66 on the Imperial label - and surround Clydie's vocals with sophisticated wall-of-sound arrangements. The tracks were recorded at Gold Star studios - where Phil Spector created his famous Philles productions, indeed, many of the names involved in these Imperial tracks by Clydie will be familiar to fans of Spector; Jerry Riopelle, Marshall Leib and Gene Page.
Clydie herself often worked on the sessions that produced Spector's classic hits.
The quality of the prodution, arrangements and of course Clydie's vocals on these Imperial tracks are outstanding , my only qualms are that in comparison with wonderful sound-mastering job done by Ace records on "The Thrill Is Gone" & "Missin' My Baby" (which featured in their "Phil's Spectre.." CD realeses) - the same tracks here sound slightly 'muddy'- particularly "Missin' My Baby". The echo that is on the original 45 release of "He Always Comes Back To Me" seems to missing off the original master that is presented here too.
The remainder of the tracks are those which were recorded for Minit Records. Some were released as singles, but there are quite a number of un-released tracks from the same period here too. Although less orchestrated than her Imperial sides, the Minit tracks are nicely-arranged classy up-town soul typical of the period - which once again showcase Clydie's beautiful vocals that were frequently utilised in the service of other artisits work, but here, her voice is allowed shine alone.
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on 26 November 2007
If you are a fan of the 1960's girl group era you need no converting ..if you have got this far you will most probably be in possession of all the main tracks of this genre,,but you are in for a treat.This girl sang with the Crystals and was a member of the mysterious group 'Bonnie and the treasures'.
So i suggest that you get this CD as soon as possible, close the curtains and dance to the first selection of tracks and sing "The thrill is gone" at the top of your voice..whatever you do i am sure you will love this CD if you loved the chiffons , shirelles, Delrons,Crystals and all the other voices of that music explosion.
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Best known as one of 'the' great Backing Vocalists (especially in the Seventies) - Texan CLYDIE KING had her own stab at Solo fame in the mid to late Sixties on the Stateside and Minit Record labels in the USA. Not that anyone noticed - none of these 45s made the Top 40 in the US R&B charts despite the fact that her singles are beloved amongst Soul collectors. Even the presence of the mighty JIMMY HOLIDAY on the wonderful and chipper "Ready, Willing & Able" failed to move.

This fab little November 2007 CD Remaster called "The Imperial & Minit Years" on EMI/Stateside 5099950958122 (Barcode 5099950958122) sets out to prove the chart-buying public were wrong to ignore her - and makes a damn good point of doing so. Here are the track-by-track details…

1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. If You Were A Man
1965, A&B-sides of USA 7" single on Imperial 66109

3. Missin' My Baby
4. My Love Grows Deeper
1965, A&B-sides of USA 7" single on Imperial 66139

5. He Always Comes Back To Me
6. Soft And Gentle Ways
1966, A&B-sides of USA 7" single on Imperial 66172

7. Ready, Willing And Able [Jimmy Holiday & Clydie King]
8. We Got A Good Thing Goin' [Jimmy Holiday & Clydie King]
1967, A&B-sides of USA 7" single on Minit 32021

9. One Of Those Good For Crying Over You Days
10. My Mistakes Of Yesterday
1967, A&B-sides of USA 7" single of Minit 32025

11. I'll Never Stop Loving You
12. Shing-A-Ling
1968, A&B-sides of USA 7" single on Minit 32032

13. One Part, Two Part
14. Love Now Pay Later
1968, A&B-sides of USA 7" single on Minit 32054

15. Good Kind Of Hurt
16. I'm Glad I'm A Woman
17. If You Love Me Like You Say
18. Ode To Billie Joe
19. Something To Remember You By
20. The Way I Love My Man
21. When In Rome
22. You Can't Make Me Love You

Much of the Imperial stuff is actually very Phil Spector sounding because the recordings reflect that wall of sound feel. The Minit label material features Jimmy Holiday both on duet vocals and in song-writing credits - and are pure Sixties Soul bliss – full of "...sock it to me…and dig this…" lyrics. Check out "Shing-A-Ling", a Van McCoy song relegated to the B-side of "I'll Never Stop Loving You" - absolutely sensational – like discovering a great unheard Motown gem. And there's also her most famous song - the uptempo duet with Jimmy Holiday - "Ready Willing And Able" (lyrics above) – a lovely tune. It was featured in 1986 on a Jimmy Holiday reissue album called "Everybody Needs Help" when EMI first started dipping their toes in Old School Soul reissues.

As a session vocalist, the list of rock and soul luminaries Clydie has played is almost ludicrous - The Doors, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, America, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and my first introduction to her - via Steely Dan. Clydie King sang on Steely Dan albums - mother of God!

The Bonus Tracks all turn out to be properly produced studio recordings (all from 1968) - and they're uniformly excellent - especially "Good Kind Of Hurt" and the wicked "You Can't Make Me Love You".

This is what a Soul CD reissue should be about - ludicrously rare Soul gems given a new remastered airing - topped up with a primo haul of previously unreleased goodies from those heady times - and that's exactly what you get here. Buy this beautiful Soul compilation and you'll know why her vocals were and are - so revered. And it's less than a fiver from most sellers…very nice indeed…
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on 22 February 2010
absoulutely enjoyed listening to this superb compilation of Clydie's Imperial and Minit material. The Imperial 45's are by far the best recordings on this cd, showcasing her wonderful sweet voice against some beautiful Phil Spector-type backing. Highly recommended to fans of soul/northern soul, girl groups or decent music in general.
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