The Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 3 - 1967-70
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Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 3 1967-1970 2X CD

Various Artists

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Title: Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 3 1967-1970 2X CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Ace
Catalogue #: CDCH21248
Format: CD
Genre: 60s Soul
Release Year: 2010
Condition: New & Sealed

DISC 1

1.    I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT (BUT IT’S GOT ME)  - PERCY MILEM
2.    SHE’S ABOUT A MOVER - PERCY MILEM 
3.    STAY AWAY FROM BRENDA  - THE TERRY'S
4.    I DON’T FEEL GUILTY - THE TERRY’s 
5.    DID SHE ASK ABOUT ME - IVORY JOE HUNTER
6.    FROM THE FIRST TIME WE MET - IVORY JOE HUNTER 
7.    IT’S MY LIFE -TIMMY THOMAS
8.    WHOLE LOTTA SHAKING GOING ON - TIMMY THOMAS 
9.    I’M A FOOL FOR YOU - JAMES CARR
10.    GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO GEORGIA - JAMES CARR 
11.    TICKET TO RIDE  - WEE WILLIE WALKER
12.    THERE GOES MY USED TO BE - WEE WILLIE WALKER 
13.    THE POWER OF A WOMAN - SPENCER WIGGINS
14.    LONELY MAN - SPENCER WIGGINS 
15.    HE CALLED ME BABY  - JEANNE NEWMAN
16.    WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL - JEANNE NEWMAN 
17.    A MAN NEEDS A WOMAN - JAMES CAR
18.    STRONGER THAN LOVE - JAMES CARR 
19.    O’KETCHEE ME DOGGIE CREEK - B.B JASPER
20.    HARD LUCK GUY - B.B. JASPER 
21.    THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU - SPENCER WIGGINS
22.    I’M A POOR MAN’S SON - SPENCER WIGGINS 
23.    LOVE IS A TRICKY THING  - THE FIVE Cs
24.    IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MAN - THE FIVE Cs 
25.    YOU NAME IT, I’VE HAD IT  - WILLIE WALKER
26.    YOU’RE RUNNING TOO FAST - WILLIE WALKER 
27.    LIFE TURNED HER THAT WAY  - JAMES CARR
28.    A MESSAGE TO YOUNG LOVERS - JAMES CARR

DISC 2


1.    LOVE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING - BEN ATKINS & THE NOMADS 
2.    LOVE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING (inst) - BEN ATKINS & THE NOMADS 
3.    ONCE IN A WHILE (IS BETTER THAN NEVER AT ALL) - SPENCER WIGGINS
4.    HE’S TOO OLD - SPENCER WIGGINS Goldwax 337 
5.    TEACH ME HOW TO LET YOU GO - KATHY DAVIS
6.    A GIRL IN LOVE - KATHY DAVIS 
7.    LOVE ME TONIGHT  - CARMOL TAYLOR
8.    SUGAR CREEK BOTTOM - CARMOL TAYLOR 
9.    FREEDOM TRAIN  - JAMES CARR
10.    THAT’S THE WAY LOVE TURNED OUT FOR ME - JAMES CARR 
11.    THE TRAIN NEVER STOPS AT OUR TOWN  - CARMOL TAYLOR
12.    ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES - CARMOL TAYLOR 
13.    FROM WARM TO COOL TO COLD - WILLIE WALKER
14.    A LUCKY LOSER - WILLIE WALKER 
15.    I NEVER LOVED A WOMAN (THE WAY I LOVE YOU) - SPENCER WIGGINS
16.    SOUL CITY USA - SPENCER WIGGINS 
17.    TO LOVE SOMEBODY - JAMES CARR
18.    THESE AIN’T RAINDROPS - JAMES CARR 
19.    HAPPINESS - THE OVATIONS 
20.    ROCKIN’ CHAIR - THE OVATIONS 
21.    MEDICINE MAN - WILLIAM MORGAN & THE Cs
22.    YOU’VE GOTTA BE DIFFERENT - WILLIAM MORGAN & THE Cs 
23.    YOU HAD YOUR CHOICE - THE OVATIONS
24.    I’M LIVING GOOD (With spoken intro) - THE OVATIONS 
25.    ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT - JAMES CARR
26.    EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY - JAMES CARR 
27.    I SLIPPED A LITTLE - PERCY MILEM
28.    I’M CRYING OVER YOU - PERCY MILEM 

The third volume of the Goldwax singles is the story of music industry decline. If not exactly riches to rags – Goldwax sales were never that good – it is the tale of an independent label slowly losing its way in an increasingly difficult environment. This was not just about a failure to sign talent, but about changes within the business, and that meant that it became more difficult for regional independents to survive and thrive.

The company's peak year was probably 1967. Musically James Carr and Spencer Wiggins were at the top of their game, whilst the Ovations continued to record great records. New talent such as Willie Walker entered the fray and label owners Quinton Claunch and Doc Russell were confident enough to start the country music imprint Timmy to showcase talent as good as Carmol Taylor and Jeanne Newman. However distributor Bell had no real clout in the country market and the new label’s outpit fell on deaf ears, or more likely wasn’t even played to them. Other signs of how tough it was was the licensing out of various singles by ‘Ivory’ Joe Hunter and Willie Walker to Veep and Chess respectively – which Quinton now admits was to tide the label over cash flow shortages. 

In 1968 things were not improving. Although James Carr continued to make records of amazing quality, sales began to decline and, even more worryingly, James became increasingly difficult to entice into the studio and onto the road to promote his records. Inexplicably strong 45s by Wiggins failed to make the charts and it began to look as if the struggle was never going to get easier. Of course all this wasn’t helped by the way that the industry was developing, with a more centralised, major-orientated distribution network taking hold, and the church-based southern soul sounds that had formed the core of Goldwax’s sales beginning to seem old-fashioned, even in the local market. Memphis’ big soul sellers into the 1970s would be the orchestrated masterpieces of Isaac Hayes and the smoother sound of Hi’s Al Green. 

The label was effectively over by 1969 and completely over by 1970. The artists had moved on, been sold on or simply left without a label. The final side on Goldwax was James Carr’s ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ a country soul ballad of exceptional quality, and is typical of how high the quality remains throughout volume three of “The Complete Goldwax singles.” There are errors and side-steps, but until the day the doors swung shut for the final time the sounds of the label were almost always a joy to the ears. This is southern music at its’ very best. 

Dean Rudland - Ace Records 


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