Stax Profiles

Stax Profiles

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Carla Thomas' recordings for Stax Records had more of a pop sheen than most of the other artists on the label's roster, and her sides often featured involved orchestration and a distinct, almost Motown feel. This doesn't mean she didn't bring the soul, though; she could more than hold her own in duets with Otis Redding, after all. This well-chosen set (Motown's Mable John made the selection) covers tracks recorded between 1960 and 1972 at Stax, and includes Thomas' magnificent cover of Barbara Lynn's "You'll Lose a Good Thing," the sensual and absolutely glorious "Sugar," and a pair of Thomas' biggest hits, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)" -- she was still a teen when she recorded it -- and "I Like What You're Doing (To Me)." Somehow managing to sound sweet, innocent, wounded, worldly, sensual, and seductive by turns on these tracks (and sometimes all at once), Thomas is undoubtedly one of the greatest singers to ever come out of the Stax studios, and that's saying something.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218862127
catalogNumber: 8621
Rank: 88897

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carla Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Memphis Horns   Horn,Track Performer
Melvin Davis   Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Isaac Hayes   Keyboards
Booker T. Jones   Keyboards
Pat Lewis   Background Vocals
Carl Lynch   Guitar
Ray Monette   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Sandra Rhodes   Guitar
Rudy Robinson   Keyboards
David Spinozza   Guitar
Marvell Thomas   Piano
Michael Toles   Guitar
Rose Williams   Background Vocals
Al Jackson   Drums
Gordon "Specs" Powell   Percussion
James Alexander   Bass
Diane Lewis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carla Thomas   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
M. Thomas   Composer
Deanie Parker   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Kent Barker   Composer
C. Thomas   Composer

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