Everlasting: The Best of Carl Carlton
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(2009/Hip-O) 22 tracks 1969-81 with 12 page color booklet. Limited Edition
Look At Mary Wonder
46 Drums - 1 Guitar
Competition Ain't Nothin'
Don't Walk Away
Drop By My Place
I Can Feel It
You've Got So Much
Sure Miss Loving You
The Generation Gap
I Won't Let That Chump Break Your Heart
I Wanna Be Your Main Squeeze
You Can't Stop A Man In Love
Morning, Noon And Nightime
Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody
This Feeling's Rated X-tra
She's A Bad Mama Jama
I Think It's Gonna Be Alright
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His singing and deliverance is very emotional and this album is a collection of his best hits. When you hear him singing you can see why Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder praised his talent. It's a shame that the album does not have 'baby I need your loving' originally by the Four Tops.
Nevertheless there was a few songs that I had never heard before, which was an added bonus. The variety of songs shows how good Carl's vocal range is and proves that he can sing virtually any kind of song.
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While Carlton never became a huge star in the more lucrative Pop field (he only had 5 Billboard Pop Hot 100 cross-overs, just two of which made Top 40), he was a fixture on the R&B listings from 1968 to 1986, registering 20 hit singles, 9 of them Top 40 for five different labels. At first billed as Little Carl Carlton after being signed by Don D. Robey's Houston-based Back-Beat Records, he first appeared on the charts in July 1968 when Competition Ain't Nothin' reached # 36 R&B and # 75 Hot 100 on Back Beat 588 (b/ Three Way Love), and before the year was out he was back with the November # 19 R&B/# 105 Hot 100 Bubble Under 46 Drums - 1 Guitar on Back Beat 598 (b/w Why Don't They Leave Us Alone?).
Two more followed in 1969, with Look At Mary Wonder (How I Got Over) reaching # 42 R&B in June on Back Beat 603 (b/w Bad For Each Other) and Don't Walk Away topping out at # 38 R&B in November on Back Beat 610 (b/w Hold O A Little Longer). His last hit billing him as Little Carl Carlton then came in July 1970 when Drop By My Place peaked at # 12 R&B/# 78 Hot 100 on Back Beat 613 (b/w Two Timer). Two more lean years were 1971/72, with only I Can Feel It charting in January 1971 at # 47 R&B on Back Beat 617 with the flipside, You've Got So Much (To Learn About Love), regarded as a "follow-along" hit, while in December 1972, I Won't Let That Chump Break Your Heart finished at # 42 R&B on Back Beat 627 (b/w a re-release of Why Don't They Leave Us Alone?).
After Robey sold Back Beat to ABC Records in 1972, his next charter was the weak August 1973 # 81 R&B You Can't Stop A Man In Love, which came out on ABC 11378 (b/w You Times Me Plus Love), but then when ABC decided to release his Disco-oriented version of the 1967 Robert Knight hit Everlasting Love as Back Beat 27001 it shot to # 6 Hot 100/# 11 R&B (b/w I Wanna Be Your Main Squeeze). Three more charters followed at ABC in 1975/76 - Smokin' Room - # 13 R&B/#91 Hot 100 in March 1975 on ABC 12059 (b/w Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours), Morning, Noon And Nighttime - # 71 R&B in June 1975 on ABC 12089 (b/w Our Day Will Come), and Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody (About You) - # 67 R&B in May 1976 on ABC 12166 (b/w Live For Today Not For Tomorrow).
Thanks to an ongoing argument over royalties ever since ABC bought the rights, Carlton withdrew from recording until 1980 when he wound up at 20th Century. From there to 1986 he would add 7 more charters and these are listed in the Comments below. The only two of his 20 charted songs not included in this album are the 1982/83 entries with RCA Victor which leads me to believe the distributor could not obtain a license to present them. With the exception of You've Got So Much (To Learn About Love), none of the B-sides I have shown are included.
In recent years, Carlton has turned to Gospel music.
But on musical terms, this is a delightful collection, offering a depth and variety than I found very pleasantly surprising. Most listeners only know Carl Carlton by his two big hits --- "Everlasting Love" and "She's a Bad Mama Jama" --- and I have to admit that I was one of those people. But I consider "Everlasting Love" one of the finest and most magical songs of the 1970s and I was eager to hear more music by this smooth-voiced singer. Imagine my delight to find out that he had started recording in 1968, and those late '60s and early '70s songs that are included on this collection are very good ones indeed. The only songs I don't like are the final two cuts, both from his 1985 album "Private Property." They resort to using some very lame rapping, which is a total contrast from the rest of the material on here, which is rooted in classic soul and pop.
The booklet that comes with the CD gives you songwriting credits, original issue dates and the album the song came from, plus chart positions if there were any. Song times are listed on the back cover. A nice compilation, but I'm puzzled why they didn't include more information about these recordings and Carl Carlton's singing career. An opportunity wasted.