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Old Friend ~ The Fame Recordings Volume 3 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B00FPP99FM
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Up To His Woman
  2. I'm Holding On
  3. I'm In The Middle Of A Good Thing
  4. It Ain't Nothin Like When
  5. Break Away From Me
  6. Don't Let A Good Thing Go To Waste
  7. I Got My Own Style Of Lovin
  8. Just Another Day
  9. Superstitious Woman
  10. If You Ain't Here
  11. You Got To Make A Decision
  12. We Got The Perfect Love
  13. Doesn't It Make Sense To You
  14. All He Can Do Is Love You
  15. Heart On A String
  16. Bad Case Of Love
  17. Add A Little Sunshine
  18. Your Love Caught Me Off Guard
  19. Gotta Have Soul
  20. Old Friend (You Ask Me If I Miss Her)
  21. Switch Tracks
  22. Two Legs And A Red Dress
  23. That From The Heart
  24. Won't Nobody Cha-Cha With Me (Home Demo)

Product Description

Ace/Kent's third collection of classic George Jackson recordings is every bit as good as the first two: (CDKEND 363 and CDKEND 380). George's superb songwriting and vocal artistry has made him a hero to all devotees of southern soul and they will not be disappointed with the contents of Old Friend, which features another two dozen previously-unheard-and-unissued tracks from the stockpile of Fame masters. George's accompanists on these recordings include FAME's renowned second rhythm section, the Swampers, and their successors the Fame Gang. Virtually all of the tracks were recorded at FAME's studio in Muscle Shoals or at their short-lived Memphis premises.

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This is the 3rd and hopefully last volume of Kent's series compiling George Jackson's demo recording on FAME records. I reviewed the last two and decided in each case these were 'fanatics-only' items for serious Southern Soul collectors with patchy (and sometimes outright poor) content but a good enough listen for enthusiasts of the sound of the FAME session players. This one is more of the same and perhaps less so since the liner notes commendably admit this CD mostly comprises the demo off-cuts that were not covered by other FAME artists, presumably because they thought the songs weren't up to scratch. If this is the case then the FAME artists had a good ear since too many of these tracks pass by in an anonymous mid-tempo blur with few hooks and little to recommend them bar being nicely played by the FAME session bands quite often with appealingly chunky organ and a firm backbeat.

The bad tracks include the third song; "I'm In The Middle Of A Good Thing" is a totally shameless rip-off of "Knock On Wood" which at least the liners again don't shy away from admitting. The closing track is a 1963 home-demo of "Won't Nobody Cha-Cha With Me" which the liners claim is 'historically significant' however that doesn't change the fact that it is rubbish: crap song, crap performance and crap sound quality (!) and it shouldn't be wasting space here. The title track "Old Friend" is an unbelievably sappy country ballad complete with overbearing strings and a spoken middle section; the liners claim it shows Jackson's versatility - I'd say it shows he was rubbish at writing and singing country music.

The large number of hook-free mid-tempo songs comprise most of the poor tracks including such items as "Doesn't It Make Sense To You", "I'm Holding On", "Add A Little Sunshine" and so on.
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Very dissappointed as I expected to find better songs. I wish I had bought the first volume. I agree that there should have been one volume only of these demos - some are better than others but a few that are dreadful.
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George Jackson was a wonderful songwriter but a so-so singer who only ocasionally hit all the right notes. He had soul though and this comes shining through on some of this material such as the upbeat 'Switch tracks' and 'I'm In The Middle Of A Good Thing' . I also enjoyed 'Don't Let a Good Thing Go To Waste' & the somewhat similar 'You Got To Make A Decision'. The latter song would have been perfect for Candi Staton had she chosen to use it. Therein lies the problem with most of these cuts. They are demos of songs written for other people. There are some very good songs but also some boring fillers. Since we are now at volume three of his FAME demos from Ace, following on from at least two other CD of demos and vocals from other sources it was inevitable that this particular collection just wouldn't work. As a previous reviewer mentioned it would have been better to collect the best demos together on one volume. It would be such a shame if someone discovering the music of George Jackson picked up this volume first. The recently departed Jackson deserves better. Best to cherry pick and download in this case.
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