The Complete Goldwax Singles, Vol. 1 1962-1966

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Memphis-based Goldwax label has a cult following among deep soul fans, especially for its recordings of James Carr. Still, it's fair to say that there aren't a whole lot of people fanatical enough to want a single-by-single retrospective of the company's entire 45 output, as has been produced for a couple of bigger soul labels with much bigger followings, Stax and Motown. Ace Records takes pride in tackling projects for niche collector markets, however, and for those Goldwax aficionados out there, this two-CD, 58-track set will be heartily welcomed. To be technical, some of these were issued on Goldwax subsidiaries, or labels in which Goldwax founder Quinton ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Memphis-based Goldwax label has a cult following among deep soul fans, especially for its recordings of James Carr. Still, it's fair to say that there aren't a whole lot of people fanatical enough to want a single-by-single retrospective of the company's entire 45 output, as has been produced for a couple of bigger soul labels with much bigger followings, Stax and Motown. Ace Records takes pride in tackling projects for niche collector markets, however, and for those Goldwax aficionados out there, this two-CD, 58-track set will be heartily welcomed. To be technical, some of these were issued on Goldwax subsidiaries, or labels in which Goldwax founder Quinton Claunch was involved before Goldwax started; there are also a couple of Spencer Wiggins 1968 tracks that came out on a collector-targeted bootleg single, though they didn't appear on a Goldwax 45 at the time. It should be stated right from the outset that although Goldwax was most known for Memphis soul, like virtually all labels, it toyed with a bunch of different styles than the one that became its trademark, especially in its early days. So while there's a good share of the soul music with which Goldwax became identified here -- especially as personified on sides by Carr, O.V. Wright, Spencer Wiggins, and the very Sam Cooke-like Ovations -- there's also a surprisingly high percentage of other stuff. Sure, some of it's just different varieties of R&B that wouldn't be wholly surprising, like some Booker T. & the MG's-type or Lonnie Mack-ish instrumentals; some nearly straight electric brassy blues by Big Lucky Carter; and the raucous '50s rock & roll-styled "Every Woman I Know Is Crazy About an Automobile"/"Have You Seen Jean" 45 by Al Vance which is one of the highlights. Yet there are also novelty twist records; a bathetic tribute to then-recently shot John Kennedy on "The Day the World Cried" by Oboe, who'd find greater fame as black country singer O.B. McClinton; and even straight country music by Eddie Bond. The variety of genres might be a little unnerving for soul fans who want a steady diet of what they expect from Goldwax. But for the less specialized listener, the curveballs actually enhance the listening pleasure, forming a snapshot of a gutsy and rootsy small Memphis label that tried a bunch of unpredictable angles. It's true that little here is in the gem-like category, despite the presence of O.V. Wright's "That's How Strong My Love Is," which in demo form was covered by Otis Redding. It's more solid but somewhat generic material in the early- to mid-'60s Southern soul and R&B-pop field, sometimes falling outside of that spectrum entirely. Detailed track-by-track annotation gives more details on the records and performers that you suspect could have ever been unearthed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667036726
  • Catalog Number: 1226
  • Sales rank: 130,185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Bad Jon the Twister - Jon Kennedy (2:30)
  2. 2 Pop-Eye Time - Jon Kennedy (2:27)
  3. 3 A Thousand Vows - Bobby McDowell (2:21)
  4. 4 A Girl Named Jo - Bobby McDowell (2:13)
  5. 5 Tradin' Stamps - Oboe (2:40)
  6. 6 Mother-In-Law Trouble - Oboe (2:39)
  7. 7 Darling - The Lyrics (2:18)
  8. 8 How a Woman Does Her Man - The Lyrics (2:20)
  9. 9 The Day the World Cried, Pt. 1 - Oboe (2:42)
  10. 10 The Day the World Cried, Pt. 2 - Oboe (2:02)
  11. 11 The Greasy Frog - Jeb Stewart (2:36)
  12. 12 Will I Ever Be Free - Jeb Stewart (2:29)
  13. 13 Our Last Quarrel - Bobby McDowell (2:32)
  14. 14 These Ain't Raindrops - Bobby McDowell (2:31)
  15. 15 Too Slow - Oboe (2:30)
  16. 16 She's Better Than You - Oboe (2:47)
  17. 17 The Side Wind - The Lyrics (2:23)
  18. 18 So Hard to Get Along - The Lyrics (2:00)
  19. 19 That's How Strong My Love Is - O.V. Wright (2:58)
  20. 20 There Goes My Used to Be - O.V. Wright (2:53)
  21. 21 I Can't Fight This Much Longer (2:18)
  22. 22 Now and Then (2:31)
  23. 23 Only Fools Run Away - James Carr (2:49)
  24. 24 You Don't Want Me - James Carr (2:36)
  25. 25 Love Me - Phillip & The Faithfuls (1:54)
  26. 26 Rhythm Marie - Phillip & The Faithfuls (2:38)
  27. 27 Spoonful - Playboy Five (2:22)
  28. 28 What Am I Living For - Playboy Five (3:01)
  29. 29 Pretty Little Angel - Louis Williams (2:30)
  30. 30 Won't You Call - Louis Williams (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Toddlin' - Gene "Bowlegs" Miller (1:50)
  2. 2 Bow-Legged - Gene "Bowlegs" Miller (2:22)
  3. 3 I Can't Make It - James Carr (2:20)
  4. 4 Lover's Competition - James Carr (2:15)
  5. 5 Arabian Jerk (2:10)
  6. 6 Please, Please Little Girl (2:39)
  7. 7 It's Wonderful to Be in Love - Louis Williams (3:11)
  8. 8 Dance Party - Louis Williams (2:48)
  9. 9 Ohio Bound - Big Lucky Carter (2:29)
  10. 10 Hurricane Blues - Big Lucky Carter (3:09)
  11. 11 The Well's Gone Dry (2:28)
  12. 12 Country Style (2:57)
  13. 13 Every Woman I Know (Is Crazy About an Automobile) - Al Vance (2:39)
  14. 14 Have You Seen Jean - Al Vance (2:04)
  15. 15 What Do You Think About My Baby (2:46)
  16. 16 Lover's Crime (2:11)
  17. 17 I'm Living Good - Louis Williams (2:43)
  18. 18 Recipe for Love - Louis Williams (2:30)
  19. 19 Love Works That Way (2:43)
  20. 20 I'll Be True to You (2:36)
  21. 21 She's Better Than You - James Carr (2:21)
  22. 22 Talk Talk - James Carr (2:16)
  23. 23 My Motor Bike Balked - LaMars (2:32)
  24. 24 Patsy - LaMars (2:53)
  25. 25 Don't Cry - The Ovations (2:35)
  26. 26 I Need a Lot of Loving - The Ovations (2:29)
  27. 27 Darling - The Veltones (2:42)
  28. 28 I Do - The Veltones (2:18)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Charlie Feathers Composer
Elvin Jones Composer
Art Harris Composer
Timmy Thomas Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Roger Armstrong Source Material
Quinton Claunch Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
David Hall Composer
Andrew Love Composer
Gene Miller Composer
Allen Reynolds Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Source Material
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Richard Watson Source Material
Louis Williams Composer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Composer
Percy Milem Composer
Peter Gibbon Images, Source Material
Dean Beard Composer
Sidney Bailey Composer
Levester Carter Composer
Kimball Coburn Composer
Charles Eldred Composer
Roosevelt Jamison Composer
Alvin Smith Composer
Betty Sue Perry Composer
Bobby McDowell Composer
George Coumbis Images, Source Material
Peter Hoogers Images, Source Material
Nick Sands Images, Source Material
Jeb Stewart Composer
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