Dont Count Me Out ~ The Fame Recordings Volume 1 CD
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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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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.
What particularly concerns me is that apparently this is the first of at LEAST three volumes! I really think that'll be really stretching things thin since Vol.1 is usually the best of a series and they are already reaching for the 12-bar blues tracks on this set (there are a couple) none of which are remotely distinctive and this is coming from a blues fan. I already detect the sound of a barrel being scraped. Perhaps KENT should have collated all the best tracks into a single volume rather than planning three or more and that way they'd have come up with something that might've approached the quality of the aforementioned artists above, as it is you'd have to be totally fanatical to pick up more than one volume of this series if the quality of Vol.1 is representative of the whole set.
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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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