The Fame Singles, Vol. 2: 1970-73

The Fame Singles, Vol. 2: 1970-73

by Clarence CarterClarence Carter


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The second installment of Ace's Clarence Carter single series -- it's called The Fame Singles because that's where the sides were recorded; they were released on Atlantic, Fame, and United Artists -- covers the years of 1970 through 1974. Carter worked his way toward the top of the charts in the late '60s, crossing over with "Slip Away" and "Back Door Santa" in 1968, and in the early '70s he began to slide down the pop charts after "Patches" hit number four in 1970. No other pop Top 40 hits were forthcoming -- the closest he came was "It's All in Your Mind" making its way to 51 in 1970 -- but he was a fixture on the R&B charts through 1973, when "Sixty Minute Man" and "I'm the Midnight Special" were in the Top 20. The Fame Singles, Vol. 2 charts this progression, opening with "Patches" and concluding with "Heartbreak Woman," his lone single from 1974. As the years marched by, Carter's Southern soul -- which, apart from the sentimental corn of "Patches," always was pretty deep and gritty -- got looser and funkier, save for his quietly burning slow numbers, which sounded as if they could've been recorded in the late '60s. Throughout it all, Carter stayed true to deep soul in all its forms, singing cheating songs, funky workouts (one of the best is "The Court Room," a story-song of an allegedly wayward preacher), danceable grooves ("Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love"), and those testifying ballads. The songs, many penned by Carter himself with several others by George Jackson and Raymond Moore, are strong, suggesting that Carter's diminished chart presence was all about shifting tastes, not quality, for this second collection of The Fame Singles is as strong and enduring as the first.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667240727
catalogNumber: 1192469
Rank: 37752

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence Carter   Primary Artist,Interviewee
George Jackson   Interviewee
Rick Hall   Interviewee
Roger Hawkins   Interviewee
David Hood   Interviewee
Jimmy Johnson   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Clarence Carter   Composer,Producer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
General Johnson   Composer
Oliver Sain   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Mickey Buckins   Composer
Dorian Burton   Composer
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Red Lane   Composer
Timothy Matthews   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations,Interviewer
Alec Palao   Remixing,Interviewer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Earl Cage   Composer
Larry Chambers   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Marcell Strong   Composer
John Abbey   Interviewer
Mac David   Composer
Alyn Mitchell   Composer
Herbert Carter   Composer

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