I Made My Own World: The Kent Modern Recordings

I Made My Own World: The Kent Modern Recordings

by Vernon GarrettVernon Garrett


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Vernon Garrett is a gravel-voiced soul journeyman, recording from the '60s until the present, never striking gold but always cutting soulful and often great sides. I Made My Own World is a collection of his work from the 1960s (with a track or three from the '70s, too), both on his own and as a duo with his wife, Jewel. His best-known track is the lush, aching "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" from 1966. The version Kent uses here is an alternate take featuring a slightly different vocal. Why not the original version, one might ask. Perhaps it is to attract collectors to the disc, but it is annoying that the original version is not included. The other solo tracks are a mix of Motown-flavored pop-soul ("Slow and Easy," "You and Me Together"), nasty funk ("I've Learned My Lesson," "One Man's Loss"), bluesy ballads ("I Made My Own World"), and a great '70s track, "To Be a Part of You," which has a pounding tribal beat and a sweet vocal hook. It could have been a big hit if someone like the Spinners released it. The tracks with Jewel date from the mid-'60s and are slightly less successful than Garrett's solo tracks, but still fun. Most of the songs are lightweight R&B fodder and Garrett's voice is sometimes too heavy for fun songs like "Just to Hold My Hand" or "Let the Good Times Roll." The tracks like "You're So Fine" and the manic "In My Heart" that rock harder and let Garrett and the equally tough Jewel cut loose are much better. A handful of tracks come from a live club date from 1964. It is cool to hear much fun Vernon and Jewel seem to be having and how wild they drive the crowd. As a bonus the disc includes an instrumental version of "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time." I Made My Own World is an entertaining collection of tracks by an unjustly overlooked soul singer (and his wife) deserving of some recognition.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2003
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667222426
catalogNumber: 224
Rank: 80195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vernon Garrett   Primary Artist
Barney Kessel   Rhythm Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Blossoms   Background Vocals
McKay   Guitar
Jeffrey Osborne   Drums
Carle Vickers   Trumpet
Arthur Wright   Guitar
James "Boo Boo" Davis   Bass,Keyboards
Soul Messengers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer,Producer
L.T.D.   Arranger
Vernon Garrett   Composer
Mike Akopoff   Producer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Billy Ray Charles   Composer
J. Davis   Producer
Luchi de Jesus   Composer
Shirley Goodman   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Richard Parker   Composer,Producer
Don Robey   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Johnny Vincent   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Murray Stein   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Ralph Bailey   Composer
Billy McCloud   Composer,Producer
Edward Jackson   Composer

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