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Love Means/Memphis Queen

Carla ThomasAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZNM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Didn't We
2. Are You Sure?
3. What Is Love?
4. Daughter, You're Still Your Daddy's Child
5. Love Means You Never Have To Say You're Sorry
6. You've Got A Cushion To Fall On
7. Il Est Plus Doux Que
8. Cherish
9. I Wake Up Wanting You
10. I Like What You're Doing To Me
11. I Play For Keeps
12. Don't Say No More
13. More Man That I Ever Had
14. I've Fallen In Love With You
15. He's Beating Your TIme
16. Unyielding
17. Strung Out Over You
18. How Can You Throw My Love Away
19. Guide Me Well
20. Precious Memories
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence April 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While, according to the liner notes, "Memphis Queen" appears to be one of Carla Thomas' least favorite albums that she recorded, I find myself enjoying it an awful lot. In fact, this disc, which combines her last two full-length recordings with Stax records, is my overall favorite disc of Carla's (though I confess that I don't have the self-titled "Carla"). Admittedly, these two albums, "Love Means" and "Memphis Queen," took me some time to fully appreciate, but that's generally been the case with all of her full-lengths with me. These aren't albums full of immediately accessible pop gems like "Gee Whiz," but once you come to appreciate them, they outstrip her early work.

"Memphis Queen" is an absolutely solid work, with only the song "Unyielding" that keeps it from being flawless. The song "I'm Falling in Love with You" is probably my all-time favorite song of Carla's, and there a number of other excellent songs, to boot. The album is a bit uptempo (in an entirely different--and better--way than "The King and Queen" album she did with Otis Redding), and the drums seem to consistently add the flare and spice to the album, keeping each song fresh. The string arrangements to the album showcase that this is one of the later Stax recordings, but I think that they work out really nicely and add a soothing, beautiful texture where present. In this sense, I find "Memphis Queen" to be a little more complex than her earlier recordings, and therefore, perhaps, a little more satisfying.

"Love Means," Carla's final album, is every bit as complex as "Memphis Queen," if not a little more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Means Carla Thomas/Memphis Queen January 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The one song by Carla tha I was missing was "Where Do I Go". For some reason it seemed to be rare. Very happy to find it on this disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good album January 10, 2012
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got a mix between great soul music and some disco tunes from that era. i mainly enjoy the soul songs.
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