ARTIST: James Carr
TITLE: You Got My Mind Messed Up
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #25 R&B
SINGLES: You Got My Mind Messed Up (#63, #7 R&B), Love Attack (#99, #21 R&B), Pouring Water on a Drowning Man (#85, #23 R&B), The Dark End of the Street (#77, #10 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: James Carr and Memphis session musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the great hidden soul albums of the 60’s, Carr’s emotive singing is on par with the greats, and there are two bonafide classics here that should be in everyone’s catalog.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Unlike Motown, the southern soul scene around Memphis and Muscle Shoals didn’t just churn out hits+filler albums for the most part – they laid into every track and nailed every performance like it was going to be a hit single.
James Carr’s debut album has 12 tracks, four singles, and no filler. Each song could have been a potential radio hit, and every performance is top notch. Carr reminds one of Otis Redding, with a little bit of Joe Simon and Wilson Pickett thrown in there for good measure.
“Pouring Water on a Drowning Man” and “The Dark End of the Street” are absolute stone-cold classics, but really, every song here is good to great, and one that should be heard – especially if you love 60’s soul.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The songs were culled from a great collection of soul songwriters – such as Dan Penn and Chips Moman, Roosevelt Jamison, and OV McClinton.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: There are 12 bonus cuts that could have been their own album
GRADE: A: More folks should know about James Carr. A fantastic singer whose career was way too short.