Friday, 31 December 2010

“The Imperial & Minit Years” by CLYDIE KING. A Review Of The 22-Track 2007 CD Compilation on EMI/Stateside.

"…Ready Willing And Able…To Give You My Love…"

It breaks down like this:

1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. If You Were A Man
3. Missin' My Baby
4. My Love Grows Deeper
5. He Always Comes Back To Me
6. Soft And Gentle Ways
7. Ready, Willing And Able [Jimmy Holiday & Clydie King]
8. We Got A Good Thing Goin' [Jimmy Holiday & Clydie King]
9. One Of Those Good For Crying Over You Days
10. My Mistakes Of Yesterday
11. I'll Never Stop Loving You
12. Shing-A-Ling
13. One Part, Two Part
14. Love Now Pay Later
15. Good Kind Of Hurt
16. I'm Glad I'm A Woman
17. If You Love Me Like You Say
18. Ode To Billie Joe
19. Something To Remember You By
20. The Way I Love My Man
21. When In Rome
22. You Can't Make Me Love You

Tracks 1 to 6 are the A&B of her USA 7” singles on Imperial Records between 1965 and 1966 (66109, 66139 and 66172).
Tracks 7 to 14 are the A&B of her USA 7” singles on Minit Records between 1967 and 1968 (32021, 32025, 32032 and 32054)
Tracks 15 to 22 are previously unreleased properly produced studio recordings - all from 1968 - and they're uniformly excellent.

Much of the Imperial stuff is actually very Phil Spector sounding because the recordings reflect that wall of sound feel. The Minit label material features Jimmy Holiday both on duet vocals and in song-writing credits - and are pure Sixties Soul bliss – full of “sock it to me…and dig this…” lyrics. Check out "Shing-A-Ling", a Van McCoy song relegated to the B-side of "I'll Never Stop Loving You" - absolutely sensational – like discovering a great unheard Motown gem. And there’s also her most famous song - the uptempo duet with Jimmy Holiday - “Ready Willing And Able” (lyrics above) – a lovely tune.

As a session vocalist, the list of rock and soul luminaries Clydie has played is almost ludicrous - The Doors, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, America, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and my first introduction to her - via Steely Dan. Clydie King sang on Steely Dan albums - mother of God!

This is what a Soul Re-issue should be about - ludicrously rare soul gems given a new remastered airing topped up with a primo haul of previously unreleased goodies from those heady times - and that's what you get here.

Buy this beautiful soul compilation and you'll know why her vocals were and are - so revered. Top quality Sixties Soul for less than a fiver…

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