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The Best of Garnet Mimms: Cry Baby

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Excellent compilation of this early soul singer, whose influence extended beyond his one big hit, the 1963 title track. Emerging from a gospel background and obscure doo wop groups, Mimms invested the increasingly sophisticated R&B sound of the mid-'60s with both emotion and supple pipes. He never hit the Top Ten after "Cry Baby," but rang off a string of minor hits like "Baby Don't You Weep," "For Your Precious Love," "It Was Easier to Hurt Her," and "I'll Take Good Care of You." Grittier than Motown, but not as down-home as Stax, Mimms married his vocals to the uptown production values and pop songwriting savvy of his producer, Jerry Ragovoy, to produce some of the more memorable early soul recordings. This 25-track anthology, covering his recordings for United Artists between 1963 and 1966, is unerringly consistent. It features all of his hit singles, highlights from the three albums he released during this period, and the original versions of "My Baby" (later one of Janis Joplin's signature tunes) and "Anytime You Want Me" (covered by the Who on a B-side in 1965). ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cry Baby Garnet Mimms 3:22
  3. 2 Don't Change Your Heart Garnet Mimms 3:1
  4. 3 A Quiet Place Garnet Mimms 2:19
  5. 4 For Your Precious Love Garnet Mimms 2:58
  6. 5 Baby Don't You Weep Garnet Mimms 3:24
  7. 6 Till You Were Gone Garnet Mimms 3:16
  8. 7 I Keep Wanting You Garnet Mimms 2:31
  9. 8 The Truth Hurts Garnet Mimms 2:33
  10. 9 Anytime You Want Me Garnet Mimms 2:56
  11. 10 Tell Me Baby Garnet Mimms 2:38
  12. 11 One Girl Garnet Mimms 2:58
  13. 12 Look Away Garnet Mimms 2:33
  14. 13 Everytime Garnet Mimms 2:28
  15. 14 A Little Bit of Soap Garnet Mimms 2:18
  16. 15 I'll Make It up to You Garnet Mimms 2:45
  17. 16 As Long as I Have You Garnet Mimms 2:41
  18. 17 It Was Easier to Hurt Her Garnet Mimms 2:45
  19. 18 Welcome Home Garnet Mimms 2:57
  20. 19 Prove It to Me Garnet Mimms 2:16
  21. 20 Looking for You Garnet Mimms 2:28
  22. 21 Thinkin' Garnet Mimms 2:13
  23. 22 Keep on Smilin' Garnet Mimms 2:45
  24. 23 I'll Take Good Care of You Garnet Mimms 3:31
  25. 24 It's Been Such a Long Way Home Garnet Mimms 2:55
  26. 25 My Baby Garnet Mimms 3:8

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