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The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1 - 1964-67 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Steal Away- Jimmy Hughes
  2. Lollypops, Lace And Lipstick - Jimmy Hughes
  3. Close To Me - Dan Penn
  4. Let Them Talk - Dan Penn
  5. Try Me - Jimmy Hughes
  6. Lovely Ladies - Jimmy Hughes
  7. I'm Getting Better - Jimmy Hughes
  8. I Want Justice - Jimmy Hughes
  9. Hey, Do You Wanna Marry - Spooner And The Spoons
  10. Wish You Didn't Have To Go - Spooner And The Spoons
  11. Almost Persuaded - June Conquest
  12. Party Talk - June Conquest
  13. Goodbye My Lover Goodbye - Jimmy Hughes
  14. It Was Nice - Jimmy Hughes
  15. Take Me (Just As I Am) - Dan Penn
  16. Diamonds - Dan Penn
  17. You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy - Jimmy Hughes
  18. The Loving Physician - Jimmy Hughes
  19. Midnight Affair - Jimmy Hughes
  20. When It Comes To Dancing - Jimmy Hughes
  21. Keep On Talking - James Barnett
  22. Take A Good Look - James Barnett
  23. Gonna Make You Say Yeah - Terry Woodford
  24. Hit The Ground - Terry Woodford
  25. Neighbor, Neighbor - Jimmy Hughes
  26. It's A Good Thing - Jimmy Hughes

Disc: 2

  1. His Town - Terry Woodford
  2. She Wants What She Can't Have - Terry Woodford
  3. Laugh It Off - The Villagers
  4. You're Gonna Lose That Girl - The Villagers
  5. I Worship The Ground You Walk On - Jimmy Hughes
  6. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues - Jimmy Hughes
  7. In The Same Old Way - Arthur Conley
  8. I Can't Stop (No, No No)- Arthur Conley
  9. I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - Art Freeman
  10. Slippin Around With You - Art Freeman
  11. I'm Gonna Forget About You - Arthur Conley
  12. Take Me (Just As I Am) - Arthur Conley
  13. I Stayed Away Too Long - Clarence Carter
  14. Tell Daddy - Clarence Carter
  15. Why Not Tonight - Jimmy Hughes
  16. I'm A Man Of Action - Jimmy Hughes
  17. Everybody's Got To Cry Sometime - Art Freeman
  18. A Piece Of My Heart - Art Freeman
  19. Thread The Needle - Clarence Carter
  20. Don't Make My Baby Cry - Clarence Carter
  21. Don't Lose Your Good Thing - Jimmy Hughes
  22. You Can't Believe Everything- Jimmy Hughes
  23. Hi Heel Sneakers - Jimmy Hughes
  24. Time Will Bring You Back - Jimmy Hughes
  25. She Ain't Gonna Do Right - Clarence Carter
  26. The Road Of Love - Clarence Carter

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The first of a three-volume set of double CDs which tells the story of Fame Records and its subsidiary labels from 1964 through until 1973. This first volume cover the 26 singles released by the label between 1964 and 1967. These bring us not just the very deepest of southern soul, but also attempts at pop-soul and garage rock by the local musicians who made up the studio's house bands. Included are some of the earliest recordings of Jimmy Hughes, Dan Penn and Clarence Carter, obscurities by June Conquest, the Villagers and Northern Soul classics by James Barnett and Art Freeman. 12 tracks are new to CD. FAME Studios was started in 1962 by Rick Hall. Rick has just received a Special Merit Award awarded at the Grammy's.

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Although you can't fault the music and those fine, fine southern horns if you have, as I have, all ready bought ACE/Kent two CD retrospective of Clarence Carter Fame 45s and the Ace/Kent reissue of Jimmy Hughes early Fame releases you have well over half the track listed all ready. You are still left with some gems such as Arthur Conley's 'In the Same Old Way' and 'I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind' from Art Freeman but of course not all the other cuts are that good and those such the offerings by Spooner Oldham and Terry Woodford have not fared very well in the intervening years. Its a bit of a dilemma when a company over milks the milch cow as to how to rate a release. As I have all ready bought the three CDs by Hughes and Carter and money is always finite my feeling is that for me this is an OK release.
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This is a big disappointment for three reasons. "You might as well forget him/Everbody let's dance" By Jimmy Hughes distributed by Vee Jay (Fame 1002) has been omitted.When I emailed ace about this omission they did not respond. Point 2:- Art Freeman "Piece Of My Heart" (which is why I bought this CD) is not the single version (which I have on Fame) but a completely different take with shrill girls spoiling the effect of the Fame band. Point 3:- yet again the wrong track for "Thread the Needle" has been chosen (as it was on Clarence Carters Fame Singles) If you are going to title a CD "The Complete Fame Singles* then make sure it is!! It's called mis-representation otherwise ! Ace need to make sure that they are releasing the correct tapes. For sixties soul fans these errors matter.
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If you like southern soul this is a great 1st part to The Fame Story a generous 52 Tracker at a low price. The First 26 singles and B sides. The artists include Dan Penn, Arthur Conley,Jimmy Hughes and Clarence Carter and many more. A brilliant cd.
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This is a very great compilation of Fame records' singles which features a lot of southern soul gems. Bust buy.
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HASH(0x92d973cc) out of 5 stars Virtually Flawless!!!! 17 Aug. 2014
By Johnboy1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't say enough good about this 2-CD set from Ace. The label already has a great reputation, and this release will only add to that. A single release with the "A" sides of the 26 singles would have been welcome, but thank goodness Ace didn't do that, because most of the "B" sides are as good, if not better, than the "A" sides. I was familiar with Jimmy Hughes, Arthur Conley, and Clarence Carter, but I had no idea what I had missed by not hearing the other 9 artists featured here. Of the 52 tracks featured on this release, I can safely say there are 52 fantastic recordings. This may very well be my favorite Ace release yet. Highly recommended! I can hardly wait for Vols. 2 and 3 to get released.
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HASH(0x92e91510) out of 5 stars major chapter in the history of Southern soul -- impeccable presentation 23 Jun. 2014
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
Ironically, Fame Records is more famous now than it ever was in its heyday, due largely to the recent "Muscle Shoals" documentary film. For those who have seen this film about the Fame recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the only song heard in it that you will encounter in this two-disc set is Jimmy Hughes's phenomenal R&B/pop crossover hit "Steal Away" [#2 R&B / #12 pop]. It was issued on Fame 6401: "64" for the year (1964) and "01" signifying it was the very first release on founder/owner/producer/ recording engineer Rick Hall's Fame record label. This would remain the biggest hit in the label's first incarnation (1964 to early 1967). A total of nine of the 26 records (52 sides) on this double-disc collection saw some national chart action, including seven by the label's undisputed star Hughes who cracked the R&B top five two more times, but never the pop top 60 again. By 1967, when Fame studio releases were switched to the Atlantic/Atco imprints, two other Fame artists were emerging: Clarence Carter, who had two minor national chart hits on Fame, and Arthur Conley, whose first two fine singles on Fame we get to hear. (Carter's début, "Tell Daddy," got a mention in "Muscle Shoals" because in late '67 the great Chess recording artist Etta James was sent down from Chicago to wax her distaff version, "Tell Mama," a future Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [no pun intended] recording.)

The question about this collection becomes: Besides the Jimmy Hughes and Clarence Carter records, as well as Arthur Conley's pair of strong singles preceding his monster hit "Sweet Soul Music" (on Atco), are all the recordings by non-hitmakers and the B-sides worth it? The B-sides are a tricky proposition. As often occurs, some B-sides are as good, if not better, than some A-sides. Others are more typical true B-sides, and one is so awful it qualifies as a "C"-side, not to be played more than once under any circumstances. (Its title is "Lolly Pops, Lace and Lipstick," as they apparently really tried to make sure no deejay would want to cut into "Steal Away"'s action by flipping it over.) As far as the other artists are concerned, they all have at least one worthwhile side, and several are must-haves. These include the two singles (both sides) by Dan Penn (who wrote or co-wrote three of the songs) and his frequent writing partner, Fame keyboardist Spooner Oldham's "Wish You Didn't Have to Go," the future James & Bobby Purify follow-up record to "I'm Your Puppet" on the Bell label. (Oldham's record was credited to "Spooner & the Spoons.") Also, one-off recording artist on Fame, James Barnett, whom I would situate vocally somewhere between Jimmy Hughes and Arthur Conley, delivers the goods on the prototypical Oldham-Penn Deep Southern soul ballad "Take a Good Look," featuring a fantastic horn chart and stellar guitar work. But taking the cake in her sole Fame appearance is June Conquest's reading of the Donnie Fritts-Dan Penn composition "Almost Persuaded" (1964). In a surprise move, they composed this and it was produced and arranged in letter-perfect Brill Building girl-group style. June Conquest was one sweet-and-soulful-sounding pop/R&B chanteuse, and this record deserved top ten status in both realms. Startlingly, though, this is the only Fame record in these early years by a female lead artist. (Incidentally, this "Almost Persuaded" is not the same song as the number one country hit two years later by David Houston, although I suspect the title was "borrowed.")

A couple of acts here are white pop-rockers whose output is in tune with the mid-'60s sounds (one is a cover of the Beatles' "You're Gonna Lose That Girl"), but none of it is particularly distinctive.

This being an Ace Records [UK] compilation, the sound mastering from the original tapes is superb (all in glorious mono -- and Fame's Rick Hall is a sound freak to begin with!), and the accompanying booklet (24 pages!) contains photos of a half-dozen of the acts, as well as color repros of every A and B side label. The liner notes are informative and comprehensive, covering every track in order of appearance.

Volume 2 will pick up from where the Fame story resumes in 1969. The big star will be the still very active Candi Staton (finally, another woman on the label!).
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HASH(0x92e5e540) out of 5 stars Fame is the Name, Super Soul is the Game 18 Sept. 2014
By Morgan Broman - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of 1960s soul music and did not know a lot about the output of Fame Studios, so this 2CD set and related reissues of Fame recordings have been a revelation for me. Wow, this is great stuff. Other reviewers have rightly highlighted the great soul singles here by Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, and Jimmy Hughes. Most of the A-sides are true "hidden classics" - the vocals are perfect, the bass pops, and the horns are incredible. Soul heaven. I also enjoy '60s garage band and pop stuff and Fame also cranked out some good sides aimed at Top-40 radio: "Laugh it Off" by the Villagers is a great British Invasion knock-off (the flip is a solid version of the Beatles "You're Gonna Lose that Girl"), and "Gonna Make you Say Yeah" by Terry Woodford sounds like a perfect high school dance encore by your favorite local band. If you have worn out your Motown, Stax and Atlantic collections from this era, you will be knocked out by the Fame singles.
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HASH(0x92e5a8b8) out of 5 stars Some of the best soul music in music history came out of the ... 4 Feb. 2015
By Jared Purdy - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the best soul music in music history came out of the Fame Studio of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This primer, many of which are one hit wonder does not disappoint. Surprisingly good audio, considering how old some of the tracks are. I say "primer" because this just makes me want to get all of them!
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HASH(0x92e7f99c) out of 5 stars Fame singles 25 Jun. 2014
By THOMAS C. BIAGI - Published on Amazon.com
Nice stuff, good label. Jimmy Hughes is very good. Had some of it already, a nice addition to the collection.
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