Simply Carrie [Bonus Tracks]

Simply Carrie [Bonus Tracks]

by Carrie LucasCarrie Lucas

CD(Canadian Import)

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Lucas' impressionable debut album (and the rest of her catalog) finally saw well-deserved CD release at the turn of the 21st century. The set doesn't stray too far from other R&B output in 1977, but it does feature excellent musicianship on the arranging, vocal, and instrumental frontiers. Benefiting from the helping hands of Jerry Peters, "Tender" is a lushly orchestrated, beautifully delivered romancer, while Greg Phillinganes interjects lots of spunk and pep into the bustling number "I Gotta Get Away from Your Love," co-written by the arranger with Lucas. An ideal merger of a disco bassline with R&B guitar licks, keyboard layerings, and backing vocals, it uses subtle elements of Earth, Wind & Fire's sound. A few numbers are more on the generic side, mainly "I'll Close Love's Door" and the over-produced ballad "Me for You." The melodies here just don't cut it, and Lucas' vocals lack a certain inspiration present in most of the material on Simply Carrie. But the freshness of the remaining material -- including the very memorable disco classic "I Gotta Keep Dancin'," graced by the voices of the Walter & Scotty of the Whispers -- showcases an understatedly soulful vocalist with fulfilling repertoire. The only drawback to the CD release is that some of the quality of the original master appears to have been lost over the years. This aspect is most notable on a couple of tracks toward the end of the album and isn't a major detraction otherwise. ~ Justin M. Kantor

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
Label: Unidisc Records
UPC: 0068381407825
catalogNumber: 4078
Rank: 140769

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Lucas   Primary Artist
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
D.J. Rogers   Background Vocals
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Scott Edwards   Bass
James Gadson   Drums
Dick Griffey   Background Vocals
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Glennis Jones   Guitar
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
Carl Lockett   Guitar
Clarence McDonald   Keyboards
John Parrish   Trumpet
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Raymond Lee Pounds   Drums
Hank Redd   Saxophone
Werner Schuchner   Bass,Guitar
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet
Ahaguna G. Sun   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Carolyn Willis   Background Vocals
Joe Romono   Trumpet
Nathan Watts   Bass,Background Vocals
George Bohanon   Trombone
Bill Greene   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dick Griffey   Arranger,Producer
Grover Helsley   Engineer
Clarence McDonald   Arranger,Producer
John Parrish   Arranger
Jerry Peters   Arranger
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger
Don Holden   Engineer
Acy Lehman   Art Direction

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