James Carr was an American soul singer.
From 1964 to 1970 the great James Carr only released two albums, as his career was severely hampered by his mental health problems. However he did release a total of fifteen singles, many of which weren't included on the albums. Since the re-issue of those two albums in 2002 and 2003 with plenty of bonus tracks, and the 2001 release of The Complete Goldwax Singles, there is now much more James Carr material on the market. This compilation brings together the re-issue bonus material and the singles not to be found on either albums, and so features non-charting a-sides, b-sides and outtakes. It includes his first three singles from 1964 and 1965 ("You Don't Want Me", "Lover Competition" and "Talk, Talk"), before he had his first hit in 1966, a wonderful version of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire", and his last two minor R&B hits from 1969, the civil rights song "Freedom Train" (#39) and a cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" (#44). Despite his behind-the-scenes problems, Carr's voice remained on top form thoughout. Sadly his music career could not continue and by 1970 any hope of becoming a star had faded.
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