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Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters


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Candi Staton is the finest female singer ever to grace a Southern Soul recording, her achingly vulnerable vocals perfect for the lyrics of the best country/soul songs. Luckily for us, during her tenure at Rick Hall s Fame label she got the best songs, mostly from the pen of George Jackson, perhaps the top Southern Soul songwriter of his generation. George spent every waking minute of his day writing songs and probably came up with a few while he dream t too. As Candi herself said, That was his thing. Brought to the FAME studio by her then husband-to-be Clarence Carter, Candi had a Top 10 R&B hit with her very first single on the Fame label, the catchy and upbeat I d Rather Be An Old Man s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man s Fool) , penned by Jackson in 1969. Those who flipped the single over were treated to more Staton/Jackson magic on the beautiful ballad For You . From 1969 to 1973, Hall got the very best from Candi, with one gem after another pouring out of his studio down in rural Alabama: songs of cheating, heartache and loss such as the superb Mr And Mrs Untrue , the edgy Evidence , the tender Too Hurt To Cry , the heartrending You Don t Love Me No More and the churning I m Just A Prisoner . Years later Candi revealed that the appealing raw edge which crept into her voice at times was achieved by Hall urging her on to record the same song up to 25 times. Though George Jackson was Hall s writer of choice for Candi, Rick was also brave enough to take a chance recording her on songs that were firmly associated with other more established artists. Candi s take on Tammy Wynette s Stand By Your Man is a marvelous slice of Southern Soul whatever your views on the politically incorrect lyrics, while her exquisite version of In The Ghetto rivaled Elvis Presley s mega-hit, and both her covers received Grammy nominations. Candi s complete output on the Fame label, in pristine sound, would be a mouth-watering prospect for any soul connoisseur, but Kent have upped the ante immeasurably with the addition of 12 previously unissued tracks, including her final session for the label recorded just before she signed with Warner Brothers in early 1974. The standard of the unissued sides is easily on a par with her released material and I wholeheartedly endorse Dean Rudland s assessment of these tracks as significant discoveries in his excellent liner notes accompanying this release. Here again George Jackson s name can be found on many of the credits, including the infectious dancefloor number One More Hurt (which has stood the test of time a lot better than many of Candi s later disco releases), but the find of Kent s trawl through the FAME vaults is We Had It All , an outstanding country soul ballad written by Donnie Fritts and Troy Seals and previously recorded by Waylon Jennings. Candi Staton has since spoken about the ups and downs in her personal life at the time of these recordings, but even before we read about it we could hear in her voice that she had lived the heartache, loneliness and doomed love affairs contained in the lyrics of these songs. There are many first class Southern Soul records by female vocalists from the late 60s and early 70s, but none were as consistently excellent as Candi Staton s output for the Fame label. This is simply as good as Southern Soul gets. By Martin Goggin


This is such an amazing and essential collection. Candi's years at Fame produced some of the best music of her entire career and some of the best soul music of all time. This collection gathers together her entire output from her years there and the results are just breathtaking. Candi's passionate vocals will get down deep inside you and won't let go. No one makes music like this anymore and it is such a shame. The power and emotion throughout these sessions is what all artists strive for and Candi seems to do it with such ease and perfection. The previously unreleased tracks on this collection are such a welcome revelation and it is such shame that it took more than 4 decades for them to be heard. I cannot recommend this collection enough. It is definitely the best music purchase that I have made in quite a while. --Amazon

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Someone you use
  2. I'd Rather Be an old man's sweetheart
  3. You don't love me no more
  4. Evidence
  5. Sweet Feeling
  6. Do Your Duty
  7. That's how strong my love is
  8. I'm just a prisoner
  9. Another man's woman
  10. Get it when I want it
  11. For you
  12. Never in public
  13. Heart on a string
  14. Stand by your man
  15. How can I put out the flame
  16. Mr. and Mrs. untrue
  17. Too hurt to cry
  18. He called me baby
  19. That old time feeling
  20. To hear you say your mine
  21. What would become of me
  22. Freedom is Just Beyond the door
  23. Where were you
  24. Do right woman

Disc: 2

  1. Trouble heartaches and sadness
  2. Spread your love on me
  3. Do it in the name of love
  4. Darling you're all that I had
  5. Blackmail
  6. In the ghetto
  7. Wanted lover
  8. The best thing you ever had
  9. Lovin' you lovin' me
  10. I'll drop everything
  11. The thanks I get for loving you
  12. Sure as sin
  13. It's not love
  14. Something's burning
  15. I'm gonna hold on
  16. Love chain
  17. Slipping Away
  18. One more hurt
  19. Lovin' the easy way
  20. Are you just building me up
  21. I'll be here
  22. I gave a little and lost a lot
  23. Jolene
  24. We had it all

Product details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kent (U.K.)/FAME
  • ASIN: B004VV44HO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,015 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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