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Patches

Clarence Carter

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Album Review

Clarence Carter's first major-hit album remains a must-own record, holding up extraordinarily well across four decades. Carter's singing possesses an immediacy and emotional impact that is as striking today as it was in 1970, and displays a vast range as well. The title track is the best-known song here, though "It's All in Your Mind" was also a hit later in the year, and "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone" and "Your Love Lifted Me" could easily have joined it and topped the pop charts as well. Carter even provides a bracing authentic gospel approach to the then-new Beatles song "Let It Be," taking the song back to the roots whence Paul McCartney drew his inspiration. He also assumes a more pop-oriented persona on "Till I Can't Take It Anymore," on which Carter starts to sound a bit like Elvis Presley, while on "It's All in Your Mind" he seems to invoke the ghost of Sam Cooke. On his own "C.C. Blues," Carter's bluesiest persona emerges, his crunchy guitar playing off beautifully against a soaring horn section and Clayton Ivey's piano, and he returns to a soul sound for the finale, the soaring "Getting the Bills (But No Merchandise)."

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Patches is a solid record

I heard this song not so long ago and ran out to buy it. Then I ran back in forgetting it was over 40 years old and I had a better chance finding Jimmy Hoffa than "Patches" at any of the local record shops. I recommend the song and this album for those who like older, less produced sounding music. At the very least get "Patches." I don't think you will be sorry if you do. Kaizoku

Patches

I recently danced 6 feet away from Clarence Carter at a Mardi Gras party. At the age of 53, I felt (and danced!) like I was 16 again....all thanks to his unbelievable music. The quality of his voice and stage presence was indescribable. I wish SO bad that he could see the love on the faces of all of his admirers even though I can tell by his wonderful smile that he feels the love. Trust me, he's worth the trip to see him and the money to download him! FMR

Bobby Bee on Clarence Carter & The epic ballad - "Patches"............

What can I say about the man that provided me with the Theme Song i sang from age 9 til I became a man and it evolved to the Chi-lites' "Yes, I'm Ready"? But Thank You!

Biography

Born: January 14, 1936 in Montgomery, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer Clarence Carter exemplified the gritty, earthy sound of Muscle Shoals R&B, fusing the devastating poignancy of the blues with a wicked, lascivious wit to create deeply soulful music rooted in the American South of the past and the present. Born January 14, 1936, in Montgomery, AL, Carter was blind from birth. He immediately gravitated to music, teaching himself guitar by listening to the blues classics of John Lee Hooker,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, R&B/Soul, Soul
  • Released: 1970

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