WHAT IMPRESSED ME THIS WEEK (Clarence Carter Closes Down the Fifties…and the Sixties)

If Clarence Carter was, as the story so often goes, a “minor” soul singer, then that just proves how major Soul really was. I’ve been chasing his early seventies’ version of “Sixty Minute Man” since I first read about it in Dave Marsh’s invaluable The Heart of Rock & Soul, roughly twenty-five years ago…The last time I looked on YouTube a couple of years back, it wasn’t there and I never got around to paying a collector’s price for a vinyl copy.

Now, thanks to the glories of reissue labels, Carter’s complete Fame singles, including “Sixty Minute Man,” are available in two very reasonably-priced volumes, the second of which was released this month and arrived at my doorstep on Friday.

And, lo and behold, it’s now available on YouTube as well.

So here’s Clarence, doing his thing, completely re-imagining one of the revolution’s seminal records from the fifties as a deep-soul, definitively sixties-sounding record released in the seventies.

Hey, twenty-five years is nothing. It was worth the wait: