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Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz (1961) [Remastered 2014]

28-03-2015, 08:19
Vocal Jazz | Blues | Soul | Funk | R&B | FLAC / APE

Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz (1961) [Remastered 2014]

Artist: Carla Thomas
Title Of Album: Gee Whiz
Year Of Release: 1961 [2014]
Label (Catalog#): Atlantic ‎[8122-79704-3]
Genre: Soul, Blues, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 30:40 min
Full Size: 184 mb

Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz (1961) [Remastered 2014]

Thomas' first album was built around the huge title hit, and also included her follow-up single, "A Love of My Own," which reached the R&B Top 20, although it wasn't nearly as popular as "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)." The record is far more pop-oriented than the sound for which Stax would become known, with both the material and the arrangements showing substantial influences from pop standards, doo wop, and even (particularly in the songs with backup vocals by the Anita Kerr Singers) Nashville country. That doesn't make it a bad record at all, just not one that listeners familiar with the Stax sound, or even Thomas' later Stax records, might expect. Though Thomas herself wrote some of the songs, about half of the tracks are covers of pop standards ("[I'm Afraid] The Masquerade Is Over") and still-recent rock/R&B hits like the Drifters' "Dance With Me" and "Fools Fall in Love" and the Five Satins' "To the Aisle." Also onboard is a composition by Carla's dad, Rufus Thomas, and a song and a half by famed Memphis producer Chips Moman, who produced five of the tracks. The 2002 CD reissue adds an alternate version of "Promises."


1. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes (02:16)
2. Dance With Me (02:22)
3. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (02:34)
4. Your Love Indeed (02:08)
5. Fools Fall In Love (02:21)
6. To The Aisle (02:40)
7. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (03:37)
8. A Love Of My Own (02:28)
9. Promises (02:15)
10. It Ain't Me (02:24)
11. For You (01:48)
12. The Love We Shared (02:45)

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