Old Friend: The Fame Recordings, Vol. 3

Old Friend: The Fame Recordings, Vol. 3

by George Jackson


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Old Friend: The Fame Recordings, Vol. 3

George Jackson never quite made it as a performer, despite cutting a handful of fine soul singles for various labels in the '60s and '70s. Instead, Jackson found success as a songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Wilson Pickett ("A Man and a Half"), Clarence Carter ("Too Weak to Fight"), Candi Staton ("Six Nights and a Day"), Z.Z. Hill ("Down Home Blues"), Bob Seger ("Old Time Rock and Roll"), and even the Osmonds ("One Bad Apple"). Wolf Stephenson, who worked with Jackson at Malaco Records, once said of him, "George had hooks coming out of his ears. They weren't all hits, but I never heard him write a bad song." Anyone who wants practical evidence of that statement will find plenty of proof on Old Friend: The Fame Recordings, Vol. 3, a collection of 23 tunes (all but two unreleased) Jackson cut during his time as a staff songwriter at Fame Records from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, with one home-recorded demo closing the disc. Nearly every song on this set is a gem, and given that most of these recordings were intended to be publishing demos, it's hard to believe that someone didn't score a hit with "Heart on a String," "You Got to Make a Decision," "It's Up to His Woman," or "Two Legs and a Red Dress," among others, and with a handful of Muscle Shoals' best studio cats backing him up, these performances are full-bodied and full of solid grooves throughout, even when they appear to have been captured on the run. Just as importantly, Jackson was a passionate vocalist with a solid voice and a knack for the emotional spectrum of songs about love gone wrong (or occasionally love gone right), and there are plenty of acts who enjoyed long and successful careers with performances less immediately impressive than these. It might be going a bit far to call George Jackson a lost hero of Southern soul, but Old Friend: The Fame Recordings, Vol. 3 suggests that with better luck, he could have been as big as a singer as he was as a composer, and fans of the golden age of R&B will get some serious kicks from this music.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2013
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667240826
catalogNumber: 6724082
Rank: 48863

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jimmy Webb   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Mickey Buckins   Composer
Wilbur Daniels   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer
Larry Pierce   Composer
Joe Reynolds   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Melvin Leakes   Composer
Earl Cage   Composer
Larry Chambers   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Robert Owens   Composer
Ralph Brown   Composer
Marcus Terrell   Composer
Dan Greer   Composer
Ronald Townsend   Composer
Herman Jones   Composer
Alex Migliara   Composer
Osbie Burnett McClinton   Composer
Marjorie Ingram   Composer
Claude Williams   Composer

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