The Complete Goldwax Singles, Vol. 1 1962-1966

The Complete Goldwax Singles, Vol. 1 1962-1966


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The Memphis-based Goldwax label has a cult following among deep soul fans, especially for its recordings of James Carr. Still, it's fair to say that there aren't a whole lot of people fanatical enough to want a single-by-single retrospective of the company's entire 45 output, as has been produced for a couple of bigger soul labels with much bigger followings, Stax and Motown. Ace Records takes pride in tackling projects for niche collector markets, however, and for those Goldwax aficionados out there, this two-CD, 58-track set will be heartily welcomed. To be technical, some of these were issued on Goldwax subsidiaries, or labels in which Goldwax founder Quinton Claunch was involved before Goldwax started; there are also a couple of Spencer Wiggins 1968 tracks that came out on a collector-targeted bootleg single, though they didn't appear on a Goldwax 45 at the time. It should be stated right from the outset that although Goldwax was most known for Memphis soul, like virtually all labels, it toyed with a bunch of different styles than the one that became its trademark, especially in its early days. So while there's a good share of the soul music with which Goldwax became identified here -- especially as personified on sides by Carr, O.V. Wright, Spencer Wiggins, and the very Sam Cooke-like Ovations -- there's also a surprisingly high percentage of other stuff. Sure, some of it's just different varieties of R&B that wouldn't be wholly surprising, like some Booker T. & the MG's-type or Lonnie Mack-ish instrumentals; some nearly straight electric brassy blues by Big Lucky Carter; and the raucous '50s rock & roll-styled "Every Woman I Know (Is Crazy About an Automobile)"/"Have You Seen Jean" 45 by Al Vance (which is one of the highlights). Yet there are also novelty twist records; a bathetic tribute to then-recently shot John Kennedy on "The Day the World Cried" by Oboe, who'd find greater fame as black country singer O.B. McClinton; and even straight country music by Eddie Bond. The variety of genres might be a little unnerving for soul fans who want a steady diet of what they expect from Goldwax. But for the less specialized listener, the curveballs actually enhance the listening pleasure, forming a snapshot of a gutsy and rootsy small Memphis label that tried a bunch of unpredictable angles. It's true that little here is in the gem-like category, despite the presence of O.V. Wright's "That's How Strong My Love Is," which in demo form was covered by Otis Redding. It's more solid but somewhat generic material in the early- to mid-'60s Southern soul and R&B-pop field, sometimes falling outside of that spectrum entirely. Detailed track-by-track annotation gives more details on the records and performers that you suspect could have ever been unearthed.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667036726
catalogNumber: 1226
Rank: 60695

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Elvin Jones   Composer
Art Harris   Composer
Timmy Thomas   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Source Material
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
David Hall   Composer
Andrew Love   Composer
Gene Miller   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Source Material
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Richard Watson   Source Material
Louis Williams   Composer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson   Composer
Percy Milem   Composer
Peter Gibbon   Images,Source Material
Dean Beard   Composer
Sidney Bailey   Composer
Levester Carter   Composer
Kimball Coburn   Composer
Charles Eldred   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Alvin Smith   Composer
Betty Sue Perry   Composer
Bobby McDowell   Composer
George Coumbis   Images,Source Material
Peter Hoogers   Images,Source Material
Nick Sands   Images,Source Material
Jeb Stewart   Composer

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