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One of the great soul singers,
This review is from: The Complete Goldwax Records Singles (Audio CD)The last review ("row, row your boat elsewhere") is one of the stupidest I've read in 5 years of buying CDs on Amazon. I can only conclude that the reviewer either (a) doesn't like southern soul music (in which case, why bother reviewing this album?) or (b) has listened to too much of it and lost the plot.
James Carr is widely regarded by people who know what they're taliking about (eg respected roots music writer Peter Guralnick: if you're interested, try reading his "Sweet Soul Music") as one of the great southern soul singers.
This compilation has several excellent examples of the southern soul style - Carr's impassioned vocals, great Stax-ish horn lines, tasteful Steve Cropper-style guitar licks, etc. All the ingredients of the classic southern soul sound.
"Dark end of the street" is Carr's best-known song, but also listen to "These ain't teardrops", "A man needs a woman", or my favourites "Pouring water on a drowning man" and "Fool for you", both of which demonstrate that Carr could handle up-tempo numbers just as well as the ballads which were his trademark.
Ignore the last review and check this out.