CD Simply Carrie [Bonus Tracks] (CD 340075),
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Simply Carrie [Bonus Tracks]
1. I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Keep Smiling)
2. Me for You
3. Play by Your Rule
4. Tender (Interlude)
6. Jammin' Tenderly (Tender, Pt. 2)
7. I Gotta Get Away from Your Love
8. I'm Close Loves Door
9. What's the Question
10. Men Kiss and Tell
11. I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Keep Smiling)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4075
Clarence McDonald; Dick Griffey
Grover Helsley; Don Holden
Personnel: Glennis Jones, Werner Schuchner, Marlo Henderson, Carl Lockett (guitar); Ernie Watts, Hank Redd, Bill Greene, Jackie Kelso (saxophone); Joe Romono, John Parrish, Nolan Andrew Smith, Oscar Brashear (trumpet); George Bohanon, Grover Mitchell (trombone); Clarence McDonald, Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Ahaguna G. Sun (drums, percussion, background vocals); James Gadson, Raymond Lee Pounds (drums); Carolyn Willis, D.J. Rogers, Dick Griffey, Nathan Watts (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dick Griffey; Don Holden.
Recording information: RCA Studios.
Photographer: Ron Slenzak.
Arrangers: Clarence McDonald; Dick Griffey; Greg Phillinganes; John Parrish; Jerry Peters.
Lucas' impressionable debut album (and the rest of her catalog) finally saw well-deserved CD release at the turn of the 21st century. The set doesn't stray too far from other R&B output in 1977, but it does feature excellent musicianship on the arranging, vocal, and instrumental frontiers. Benefiting from the helping hands of Jerry Peters, "Tender" is a lushly orchestrated, beautifully delivered romancer, while Greg Phillinganes interjects lots of spunk and pep into the bustling number "I Gotta Get Away from Your Love," co-written by the arranger with Lucas. An ideal merger of a disco bassline with R&B guitar licks, keyboard layerings, and backing vocals, it uses subtle elements of Earth, Wind & Fire's sound. A few numbers are more on the generic side, mainly "I'll Close Love's Door" and the over-produced ballad "Me for You." The melodies here just don't cut it, and Lucas' vocals lack a certain inspiration present in most of the material on Simply Carrie. But the freshness of the remaining material -- including the very memorable disco classic "I Gotta Keep Dancin'," graced by the voices of the Walter & Scotty of the Whispers -- showcases an understatedly soulful vocalist with fulfilling repertoire. The only drawback to the CD release is that some of the quality of the original master appears to have been lost over the years. This aspect is most notable on a couple of tracks toward the end of the album and isn't a major detraction otherwise. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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