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Jean Carne: Don't Let It Go To Your Head The Anthology

Jean Carne

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UK release date 10.07.2018

When it comes to fusing '70s soul and jazz with well crafted songwriting and strong instrumental backing look no further than the wonderful and exceptional talents of Jean Carne.An incredible singer with a five octave range and this sterling platter concentrates on her golden era with Philadelphia International Records which were under the auspices of the legendary Gamble and Huff.

'Free Love' kicks off as the opener and is a classy affair from her debut album and made it to #23 in the R&B charts but the big hit came with 'Don't Let It Go To Your Head' which just screams out sheer sophistication.The bass,guitar and drum interplay is one of the subtlest things put down on tape and the raspy horns just add to the intricacy this evergreen can muster,it just doesn't get better than this!

Disco creeps in with 'Was That All It Was' driven by some mighty tasty bass as it does on 'What's On Your Mind' and 'My Love Don't Come Easy' with it's smokey sax intro goes back into 'Go To Your Head ' territory,such artistry - first class arrangements were after all the hallmark of any PIR output and ms Carne is one of their finest.

Cd 2 is a more mellow affair,which kicks off with the peerless sounding 'When I Find You Love' a slowtempo tune that matches anything the balladeers of say, George Benson or Diana Ross might tackle as does 'Love ( Makes Me Do Foolish Things).The soul family are well represented here too with guest slots from the great Dexter Wansall,Grover Washington, Norman Connors and Roy Ayers- titans! So there you have it an incredibly polished compilation that highlights the Philly groove and the smoochy ballads all glued together by the ever wondrous Jean Carne.An essential purchase for any soul lover that my friends,cannot be denied.
Words Emrys Baird

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