Old Friend ~ The Fame Recordings Volume 3 Original recording remastered
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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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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.Read more ›