The Motown Collection Import
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The Los Angeles born singer was groomed for success by Motown chief Berry Gordy. She was to serve as America's answer to Britain's Dusty Springfield. But unlike Springfield, who saw significant chart action throughout much of her career, Clark remained relatively hitless during her tenure at Motown, where she was undoubtedly frustrated by the company's inability to make her a major star. Nevertheless, like the majority of artists signed to the Detroit label, Clark recorded almost endlessly and managed to have at least two albums released, the often brilliant but underrarted SOUL SOUNDS released in 1967 and C.C, RIDES AGAIN, a late Sixties outting which found the singer altering her image a bit by covering rock and pop tunes. The album was different from what Motown was hitting with at the time, and yet very much in the distinctive company style. Both albums failed to make a strong showing on the music charts.
However, THE MOTOWN ANTHOLOGY collects all of the tracks from both of Clark's albums and adds several more B-sides and an entire disc of previously unreleased recordings, which will hopefully bring some late, but very deserved attention and respect to the singer.
In this impressive collection, you get a total of 50 tracks that show Clark was very much a blue-eyed soul stylist with a cool style very much suited to the classic Motown Sound.
Among the collection's many delights is the complete SOUL SOUNDS album in stereo.Read more ›
The first LP, Soul Sounds, was mostly recorded in August 1967 but includes previously released singles, including her first, Do Right Baby Do Right, from December 1965, with the Lewis Sisters on back-up vocals. These include her only hit, the wonderful Love's Gone Bad from 1966, and the divine and funky follow up, I Want To Go Back There Again.
These were the only two singles I had at the time and I was very curious to hear more, as they exemplified for me the classic Motown sound of that period. Never having seen a picture of her, I had no idea she was one of very few white female singers signed to Motown, decked out like a six-foot Dusty Springfield complete with big hair, but I certainly appreciated the glorious creamy voice and the Funk Brothers' bubbling grooves upon which she floated, and listened keenly to both flipsides, which included her slightly jazzier version of the Elgins' Put Yourself In My Place.Read more ›
The politics of Tamla are what one feels dripping out of this CD - the failure to promote her as shown by a rave concert appearance in the UK being an event that should have been a signal that was ignored but which exploited right could have produced a "new" star at a time when Tamla was beginning to recycle older acts.
Put that alongside a number of these songs being great covers of contemporary songs (her second LP which was shelved till their impact had passed resuting it seems in only 200 copies being sold) or songs being taken and re-recorded by or with sections by other Tamla artistes ("Take me in your arms" being the most famous), demostrates what happened when you were not Diana Ross or did not have a strong producer such as Norman Whitfield.
This release is cause indeed to celebrate for a lady whose releases have long been sought after in the UK by Tamla and '60s soul fans.
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Those who only know Chris Clark from "Love Gone Bad," should be prepared for a revelation. Songs here cover the spectrum. Excellent.Published on February 22, 2014 by Marg's boy
Back in 1985, I purchased an obscure lp called " Soulful Sounds of Chris Clark" basically because it was Motown only to discover this artist's wonderful vocal abilities. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Tyrone Nicholson
With 50 tracks you get this great Chris Clark CD compilation. Has her two Motown albums Soul Sounds and CC Rides Again plus singles and unreleased songs too. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
my first exposure to chris clark was 'love gone bad'; this was the deathless song that made it on to more than a few compilations of motown music. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by Darryl K. Clark
Chris Clark recorded plenty of music for Motown but, for whatever reason, never had any success. I've heard suggestions that Berry Gordy only signed Chris to Motown because he had... Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by Peter Durward Harris