The Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 3 - 1967-70 Various Artists (Goldwax)


60s Soul
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCH2 1248

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


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) - Percy Milem

  • 02 Preview She's About A Mover - Percy Milem

  • 03 Preview Stay Away From Brenda - The Terry's

  • 04 Preview I Don't Feel Guilty - The Terry's

  • 05 Preview Did She Ask About Me - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 06 Preview From The First Time We Met - Ivory Joe Hunter

  • 07 Preview It's My Life - Timmy Thomas

  • 08 Preview Whole Lotta Shaking Going On - Timmy Thomas

  • 09 Preview I'm A Fool For You - James Carr

  • 10 Preview Gonna Send You Back To Georgia - James Carr

  • 11 Preview Ticket To Ride - 'Wee' Willie Walker

  • 12 Preview There Goes My Used To Be - Wee Willie Walker

  • 13 Preview The Power Of A Woman - Spencer Wiggins

  • 14 Preview Lonely Man - Spencer Wiggins

  • 15 Preview He Called Me Baby - Jeanne Newman

  • 16 Preview When Will The Good Apples Fall - Jeanne Newman

  • 17 Preview A Man Needs A Woman - James Carr

  • 18 Preview Stronger Than Love - James Carr

  • 19 Preview O'Ketchee-Me Doggie Creek - B.B. Jasper

  • 20 Preview Hard Luck Guy - B.B. Jasper

  • 21 Preview That's How Much I Love You - Spencer Wiggins

  • 22 Preview I'm A Poor Man's Son - Spencer Wiggins

  • 23 Preview Love Is A Tricky Thing - The Five C's

  • 24 Preview If You're Looking For A Man - The Five Cs

  • 25 Preview You Name It, I've Had It - Willie Walker

  • 26 Preview You're Running Too Fast - Willie Walker

  • 27 Preview Life Turned Her That Way - James Carr

  • 28 Preview A Message To Young Lovers - James Carr

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Love Is A Beautiful Thing - Ben Atkins & The Nomads

  • 02 Preview Love Is A Beautiful Thing (instrumental) - Ben Atkins & The Nomads

  • 03 Preview Once In A While (Is Better Than Never At All) - Spencer Wiggins

  • 04 Preview He's Too Old - Spencer Wiggins

  • 05 Preview Teach Me How To Let You Go - Kathy Davis

  • 06 Preview A Girl In Love - Kathy Davis

  • 07 Preview Love Me Tonight - Carmol Taylor

  • 08 Preview Sugar Creek Bottom - Carmol Taylor

  • 09 Preview Freedom Train - James Carr

  • 10 Preview That's The Way Love Turned Out For Me - James Carr

  • 11 Preview The Train Never Stops At Our Town - Carmol Taylor

  • 12 Preview Another Man's Shoes - Carmol Taylor

  • 13 Preview From Warm To Cool To Cold - Willie Walker

  • 14 Preview A Lucky Loser - 'Wee' Willie Walker

  • 15 Preview I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You) - Spencer Wiggins

  • 16 Preview Soul City USA - Spencer Wiggins

  • 17 Preview To Love Somebody - James Carr

  • 18 Preview These Ain't Raindrops - James Carr

  • 19 Preview Happiness - The Ovations

  • 20 Preview Rockin' Chair - The Ovations

  • 21 Preview Medicine Man - William Morgan & The C's

  • 22 Preview You've Gotta Be Different - William Morgan & The C's

  • 23 Preview You Had Your Choice - The Ovations

  • 24 Preview I'm Living Good (With spoken intro) - The Ovations

  • 25 Preview Row, Row Your Boat - James Carr

  • 26 Preview Everybody Needs Somebody - James Carr

  • 27 Preview I Slipped A Little - Percy Milem

  • 28 Preview I'm Crying Over You - Percy Milem

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