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The Best of Clarence Carter - The Dr's Greatest Prescriptions

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Strokin'
  2. Trying To Sleep Tonight
  3. Messin' With My Mind
  4. I Was In The Neighborhood
  5. Dr. C.C.
  6. Love Me With A Feeling
  7. I'm Not Just Good, I'm The Best
  8. Slip Away
  9. Grandpa Can't Fly His Kite
  10. Kiss You All Over
  11. I've Got A Thing For You Baby
  12. I'm Between A Rock And A Hard Place


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ichiban Old Indie
  • ASIN: B000000MYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By aliled VINE VOICE on July 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Clarence Carter has a wonderful voice that really oozes soul of the Southern variety, and he's in not really in bad form here. The songs (for the most part) are solidly written and veer from heartfelt ballads of love ("I Was In The Neighborhood") to his infamous lustful tales ("Strokin'") - not all are great, but there are several good ones.
Many of these songs were big hits, particularly with older fans of R&B. Unfortunately, they were recorded in the 80's and suffer greatly from the production sins of that decade. Linn drums, drum machines in general, synth basses, MOR synth strings, you name it, it's here. Perhaps the most offensive aspect of it is that his vocals are buried in the mix, below layers of drums, and even the backing vocalists have more oomph behind them than Carter's voice. While this is truer with some songs than others ("Dr CC" is one of the more flawed tunes, for example), none of the songs are entirely free from it.
Given that Carter's brand of soul is so innately organic, the heavily-dated machine-oriented production style found throughout is much more offensive than similarly produced records from the 80's. I suppose Men Without Hats or the Fixx or Kajagoogoo used these same production techniques to their advantage, it's just not what I want to hear on a Clarence Carter record. You can't fault most of the songs here, but fans of southern soul are better directed to "Snatchin' It Back", a compilation of Carter's material for Atlantic, recorded in they heyday of southern soul and with an appropriate sound for the music.
Koch deserve demerits for including nothing in the way of liner notes or release date information for these songs. It's almost as if they knew people would stay away if they knew. I would have!
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Everybody more or less remembers CC's top 40s tune "Patches" and oldies radio stations seem to always include it in their weekly repertiore....no disrespect intended to those stations, but hey, 20 or 30 years after that hit, CC put out what I would consider classic urban blues jams--"Strokin'", "Love Me With A Feeling", "Dr. CC"--mostly performed via solo multitracking multiinstrumentalizing--rare for a blues star, rarer for anyone this side of Stevie Wonder and Prince. This man has one great voice...and a devilish laugh. This album has all of CC recent recordings on the Ichiban Label--excellent for parties and roadhouse get togethers.
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....if you have just one Clarence Carter CD in your collection, it's gotta be this. These are great, great tunes from his 80's and 90's Big C/Ichiban records days that are bluesy and funky and fun. From the street risque numbers "Strokin'", "Grandpa Can't Fly his Kite", "Love Me With A Feelin" (all of which has benefitted from a word of mouth hyping--you probably won't ever hear these on radio) to the Dr's jams "Dr. CC" and "I'm Not Just Good" to "Slip Away" (Redux)...in a phrase, they are near masterpieces. Mark my words, people are gonna catch on and catch up with these jams and make them their greatest medicine for whatever ails them. They are just that good.
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This CD is wonderful and it reminds me of Clarenc e Carter live in Johannesburg. It's sexy with a message in it. I like listening to his music because it makes me laugh.
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Soul & R&B 2001 & 1992, had a woman Pen Pal friend who knew it & who he is, made us both smile. I consider it "Adult" rated, not for mixed company, but am long grown, & a USAF vet as well. 13 tracks. Two versions of Strokin'[Single Version] & Strokin' (Long & Dirty). Like "Best of Clarence Carter" & "Snatching It Back". Two good choices (bought both at once), they put a smile on my face, smiles are good! Try both, enjoy, adults can identify. -30-
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Clarence Carter is super bad musically.his voice ain't no joke. the music is Bar B-Que flavored for sure.Stroking alone is a gem.he will crack you up but also get your respect with his music ability.
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I bought this CD for one song - "Gonna Kiss You All Over" - which is the music the older couple on You Tube danced to. I suggest you watch Pete and Beulah on You Tube. Everything just meshes perfectly. "Gonna Kiss You All Over" will forever be associated with this couple. It's a treat to watch.
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it is so nice to listen to music again that has meaning & tells a story unlike this mess they play now. thanks so much.
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