viernes, 13 de noviembre de 2009

Linda Carr: A Small Anthology (1961-1976)

Though she was American born and based, Linda Carr is regarded among the United Kingdom's best-loved, but long-forgotten female vocalists of the mid-'70s. She recorded a couple of singles for DCP ('Baby, Are You Puttin' Me On' / 'The Girl From 1A and the Boy From 1B' and 'A Heart Without Love' b/w 'I Should Be Happy For Baby') in 1965, but she first came to attention in 1967 when she recorded the Northern Soul classic, 'Everytime' b/w 'Trying to Be Good for You', on Stateside, the second of her two singles for the label. Carr released other 45s, like 'In My Life' b/w 'I Feel Love Comin’ On' (one of the three singles she issued on Ranwood in the late-'60s), 'Discover Me (and You'll Discover Love)' b/w 'These Things Will Keep Me Loving You', (Capitol, 1970), and 'Watch What You Plant in Your Garden' b/w 'I Feel a Song (In My Heart Again)' (Romar, 1972). Sadly, none made a mainstream impression, and Linda Carr all but disappeared until her triumphant and spectacular return in 1975, amid the U.K.'s sudden rediscovery of its Northern Soul heritage. Now signed to Chelsea, Carr teamed with producer Kenny Nolan to record her debut album, 1975's Cherry Pie Guy. Unveiled as Linda Carr and the Love Squad, July brought the singer her first real success as the Nolan penned 'Highwire' tipped #15 on the U.K. charts. A handful of further singles culled from the LP, 'Cherry Pie Guy', 'Dial L for the Love Squad' and 'Mama's Little Corner of the World', failed to spark and it seemed that Carr was already headed for commercial relegation. Linda Carr's winsome approach has been always compared to that of Diana Ross, and her first solo effort recorded in 1964, 'Sweet Talk' b/w 'Jackie, Bobby, Sonny Billy,' do nothing to dispel that notion. I included on this tiny 12-song collection, both sides of that first single, as well as a couple of her earlier doo-wop tracks as Linda Carr and the Impossibles, 'Happy Teenager' and 'Shy One', from 1961 and 1962 respectively. By the way, if you have any of the aforementioned songs that I could not include here, and most specifically her album Cherry Pie Guy, a link will be appreciated!! http://www.answers.com
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Linda Carr singing 'You Can't Hurry Love' on the Sam & Dave Show, live in Offenbach, Germany, 1967:

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Linda Carr & the Love performing 'Highwire' on Top of the Pops, 1975:

9 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

http://rapidshare.com/files/304669895/Linda_Carr_-_The_Collection__1961-1976_.rar

pedro dijo...

it,s a bit like bubblegum soul but i lke it iam sure i,ve got this lp i will look and up pedro

Nosi dijo...

Wow, a link of that would be great, pedro!!

trakbuv dijo...

'Cherry Pie guy' and 'Highwire' were pretty big as you say over here in the UK for the nasally but gifted Linda, when Chelsea Records was flying the flag for homegrown soul with the emphasis on pop (I have a 'Chelsea Chartbusters' compilation that is storming !). I'm praying that 'Dial L for the love squad' is on this collection for personal reasons. Many thanks again Nosi !

And Pedro - bubblegum soul maybe, but it sure would be a real pleasure for me to relive some of my early teens basking in its sugary glory !!

Anything on another bubblegum soul queen, Polly Brown (especially her debut and 'Special Delivery' LPs) would be awesome !!! The UK's answer to Dionne Warwick - and pretty damn fine with it !

laclasedetercero dijo...

GRACIAS.

troods dijo...

THANK YOU!!!!

Chris T dijo...

Thanks, good one.

Mark dijo...

Linda Carr is such a great artist and I'm so glad to see you respect her work so much. After the years, she is still very famous. Recently, her song "Love it, love" was used for the viagra online advertisement.

Jakub Wojtas dijo...

Hello,
Could you upload this Linda Carr's collection one more time? I'm her big fan and i'm looking for the ''Dial L for the Love Squad'' but i can't find it anywhere. I'd be really glad if you response to my comment.