Don't Count Me Out: The Fame Recordings, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
George Jackson issued just two singles for Fame Records, as he worked for them primarily as a songwriter. He did, however, record more than 100 tracks for the company, building up a stockpile of material that could be considered suitable for other artists. This collection of 24 cuts, all but one previously unreleased, is the first of several projected volumes intended to gleam recordings Jackson left behind for the Kent/Ace storehouse of. Precise dates for the tracks are not given in the otherwise comprehensive annotation, but at a guess, they were almost certainly done in the late 1960s, with some perhaps leaking over into the early '70s at the latest. Viewed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
George Jackson issued just two singles for Fame Records, as he worked for them primarily as a songwriter. He did, however, record more than 100 tracks for the company, building up a stockpile of material that could be considered suitable for other artists. This collection of 24 cuts, all but one previously unreleased, is the first of several projected volumes intended to gleam recordings Jackson left behind for the Kent/Ace storehouse of. Precise dates for the tracks are not given in the otherwise comprehensive annotation, but at a guess, they were almost certainly done in the late 1960s, with some perhaps leaking over into the early '70s at the latest. Viewed clinically, listening to this disc you can understand both why Fame wanted Jackson as a songwriter, and why he wasn't particularly pushed as an artist in his own right. Jackson wrote well enough to keep around in case he came up with songs that could be hits, as indeed he did for Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, and the Osmonds. At times, the tunes slightly recall the late-'60s work of soul star Tyrone Davis. But most of these songs were on the rather ordinarily decent side than the outstanding one -- perhaps things that could adequately fill out albums, in many cases. Likewise, he was a decent singer, but not a great one. That makes this something of more interest to very serious Southern soul collectors than even the typical more-serious-than-average soul fan, but that doesn't mean it's without its strengths. Jackson takes a lighter vocal approach than many Southern soul singers, and perhaps because it was realized most of these efforts were demos of sorts, the arrangements are also a little more casual and stripped-down than the typical Fame product. The end results are less overwrought, in an interesting and pleasing way, than many late-'60s Southern soul records that try so hard to get their pleas over. To some listeners, the basic approach will have its drawbacks -- when he goes into sections that seem to call for urgent testifying, they can seem like guide vocals for a singer to draw from in preparation for really taking the song over the top. The informality of the arrangements and performances can sometimes seem imprecise compared to the slicker, official Southern soul recordings by others, particularly in the drumming department. So overall, Don't Count Me Out is one for Southern soul specialists, but of considerable interest to that crowd, including Jackson's versions of songs done by Pickett including "Search Your Heart," the only track here previously released, Carter, Doris Duke, Candi Staton, and Willie Hightower.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667236324
  • Catalog Number: 6723632
  • Sales rank: 45,990

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Search Your Heart
  2. 2 I Can't Do Without You
  3. 3 Greedy Over You
  4. 4 3-F Blues (Find 'Em and Forget 'Em)
  5. 5 Getting the Bills (But No Merchandise)
  6. 6 Let's Stop Hurting Each Other
  7. 7 Bite the Hand That Feeds You
  8. 8 I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
  9. 9 I Want You So Bad
  10. 10 Stuck On Her
  11. 11 Don't Count Me Out
  12. 12 You Can't Make It No Better
  13. 13 Talking in Your Sleep
  14. 14 Statue of Soul
  15. 15 The Feeling Is Right
  16. 16 Greasy Two by Four
  17. 17 You're at the Right Table
  18. 18 Let's Make It a Deal
  19. 19 Back In Your Arms
  20. 20 Love Without a Future
  21. 21 She's Rated G
  22. 22 You're Gonna Need Me Again
  23. 23 Evidence
  24. 24 I Can't Love Without You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jackson Primary Artist
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