- 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)
The Best of Clarence Carter - The Dr's Greatest Prescriptions
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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
songs like strokin' ,slip away, strokin'(long and dirty) and many others.Published 2 months ago by arnold
This CD brings back the beauty of the good old days when everyone got along!Published 3 months ago by Roxanne L. Jackson
one of my favorite entertainers. his music is unforgettable!Published 9 months ago by linda lassabe