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Carla Thomas 4/25/2006


Carla Thomas' recordings for Stax Records had more of a pop sheen than most of the other artists on the label's roster, and her sides often featured involved orchestration and a distinct, almost Motown feel. This doesn't mean she didn't bring the soul, though; she could more than hold her own in duets with Otis Redding, after all. This well-chosen set (Motown's Mable John made the selection) covers tracks recorded between 1960 and 1972 at Stax, and includes Thomas' magnificent cover of Barbara Lynn's "You'll Lose a Good Thing," the sensual and absolutely glorious "Sugar," and a pair of Thomas' biggest hits, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)" -- she was still a teen when she recorded it -- and "I Like What You're Doing (To Me)." Somehow managing to sound sweet, innocent, wounded, worldly, sensual, and seductive by turns on these tracks (and sometimes all at once), Thomas is undoubtedly one of the greatest singers to ever come out of the Stax studios, and that's saying something. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I've Got No Time to Lose Carla Thomas 2:56
  3. 2 Give Me Enough (To Keep Me Going) Carla Thomas 2:25
  4. 3 Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) Carla Thomas 2:18
  5. 4 A Love of My Own Carla Thomas 2:29
  6. 5 Promises [Alternate Version] Carla Thomas 2:18
  7. 6 My Man Believes in Me Carla Thomas 2:37
  8. 7 What Is Love? Carla Thomas 3:14
  9. 8 You'll Lose a Good Thing [Cover] Carla Thomas 2:51
  10. 9 (Your Love Is A) Life Saver Carla Thomas 2:18
  11. 10 I Play for Keeps Carla Thomas 2:43
  12. 11 I Like What You're Doing (To Me) Carla Thomas 2:53
  13. 12 Don't Say No More Carla Thomas 2:16
  14. 13 I've Fallin in Love with You Carla Thomas 2:40
  15. 14 Sugar Carla Thomas 4:12
  16. 15 Precious Moments Carla Thomas 2:37

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