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Clarence Carter's final album for the legendary FAME label, 'Sixty Minutes With...', yielded no hits, as his brand of gutbucket Southern Soul was fast going out of style. Nevertheless, from a creative point of view, this is one of the man's greatest all-around efforts, and a must for those who like their Soul on the raw side.
The stomping opener "I'm the Midnight Special" merges the sounds of a Alabama country church with fatback funk, creating an infectious fingersnapper that should have been huge. Clarence's at his raspiest finest, chipping in his trademark chuckle while the groove train keeps riding on.
The beautiful country soul ballad "Heartbreak Woman" features a poignant, understated guitar, sanctified organ riffs and spinechilling gospel backing vocals. Way rowdier is the uptempo soulful rocker "Sixty Minute Man", and, while clearly patterned on his enormous 1969 hit "Slip Away", it stands well on its own.
"I Love You", the lengthiest cut, shows some signs of polish, with its Philly-styled horns, but Clarence keeps it decidedly Southern, delivering a vocal that sounds creepingly similar to Brook Benton's on "Rainy Night In Georgia".
The stuttering "Love's Trying to Come to You" combines country with soul splendidly yet again, a nice mid-paced ballad cushioned on Clayton Ivey's warm keyboard tones. Equally breezy and joyous is "Next to You", another gorgeous ballad.
"Run out of Time" accellerates the tempo, riding a blues-based rockin' shuffle, and Carter steers thangs back to the funk with the driving, wah-wah heavy "It Was So Nice While It Lasted".
One of Clarence's few message tracks, "And They Say Don't Worry", is a funky little number that takes on the ghetto issue, street crime, taxes, political assassinations and lack of education. Brilliant back-up vocals and a intricate horn chart here.
Carter closes this disc with an unashamedly old-school blues wailer: "I Got Another Woman" is deep, deep soul set to gospel-influenced piano and late night jazz horns.
One of Clarence Carter's greatest albums, and a pinnacle of '70s Southern Soul. (soulmakossa)
01 - I'm The Midnight Special 02:37
02 - Heartbreak Woman 03:12
03 - Sixty Minute Man 03:07
04 - I Love You 05:25
05 - Love's Trying To Come To You 02:34
06 - Next To You 03:03
07 - Run Out Of Time 02:33
08 - It Was So Nice While It Lasted 02:55
09 - And They Say Don't Worry 02:52
10 - I Got Another Woman 03:10
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