Mojo (Publisher) - 5/03, p.1145 stars out of 5
- "...Carr was not a one-trick pony....His unique takes on Otis Redding's 'I Can't Turn You Loose' and Johnny Cash's 'Ring Of Fire' are truly wonderful..."
Contains 16 tracks.
Includes liner notes by Colin Dilnot and Tony Rounce.
Personnel: James Carr (vocals, tenor saxophone).
Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.
Recording information: 1967-2003.
Along with his other original Goldwax LP, You Got My Mind Messed Up, James Carr's Man Needs a Woman represents one of the high watermarks of Southern soul music. And beyond his tonal resemblance to Otis Redding, Carr was as distinct a voice as the genre ever produced. Compilations on both Kent (Complete Goldwax Singles) and Razor & Tie (The Essential James Carr) are certainly good places to start, but this LP might be even a better introductory title, especially considering the likelihood one will want to obtain all of Carr's prime late-'60s work. Whether Carr revels in the up-tempo soul of "I'm a Fool for Your" or stops the presses on sanctified slow-burners like "You've Got My Mind Messed Up" and the Dan Penn and Chips Moman-penned classic "Dark End of the Street," the intensity never falters. ~ Stephen Cook