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New Diggin' Deep 45 - James Carr

New Diggin' Deep 45 - James Carr magazine cover



DD015A James Carr ‘I Don’t Want To Be Hurt Anymore'

DD015B James Carr ‘There Goes My Used To Be'

For our latest 45 release we return to Memphis, Tennessee, for a double-sider that Diggin’ Deep are extremely proud to bring to you. This being the first time on a 7” single for either of these superb Southern Soul tracks.

The name James Carr will need no introduction, with any release from this legendary singer guaranteed to set the pulses racing among his legion of dedicated fans worldwide.

Both tracks on offer are from the ‘Golden Age’, not only of Memphis soul, but sixties soul music in general.

I Don’t Want To Be Hurt Anymore, penned by Dan Greer, made its first appearance on Carr’s seminal album “You Got My Mind Messed Up’ for the legendary Goldwax label in March 1967.


It’s no exaggeration to say that this remains one of the greatest soul albums of all time. And this is regarded by many to be the finest track in this remarkable singer’s canon never to be issued on 45, until now by Diggin Deep Records some 35 year later!

Although never possessing their own studio Goldwax quickly established their own ‘sound’ using the finest Memphis musicians around, usually ‘The Memphis Boys’. Recording at such illustrious studios as: American, Royal, Fame, Sound of Memphis, Lyn Lou with the majority at Sam Phillips’ Sun studio.

That trademark sound is evident here: Reggie Young’s guitar intro’, Bobbie Emmons organ ‘fills’ and those wonderfully understated horns. All allowing Carr’s impassioned baritone the perfect amount of space to deliver as only he could.

It’s reproduced here in its original monaural version as featured on the Kent CD “You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up” (CDKEND 211)

Carr’s 14 singles released on Goldwax usually followed the same pattern: a slow ‘Deepie’ coupled with a more up-tempo track, and here at Diggin’ Deep we saw no reason to change that winning formula!

There Goes My Used To Be will be familiar to all discerning Soul lovers due to O.V. Wrights original version released on the same imprint, as the ‘B’ side to the magnificent ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Goldwax 106).

It’s incredible to think that both tracks, written by Roosevelt Jamison, were turned down, along with O.V. Wright, when first offered to Stax Records!!

Whereas Wright’s version takes the song as a mid-pacer, Carr raises the tempo significantly. Although considered by many to be the greatest Deep Soul singer of them all, Carr was no slouch on the more uptempo sides. He could ‘tear it up’ with any of his peers as this track ably demonstrates. Carr is in full blown ‘Otis Mode’ and the record storms along. He may be missing his lost love, but he ain’t taking it sitting down!

Here at Diggin’ Deep we’re convinced that had this track surfaced as a 45 back in the sixties it would have found favour at such illustrious venues as The Scene in London or Manchester’s Twisted Wheel. It has already caused quite a stir when previewed by Richard Searling, Jordan Wilson and other Northern Soul DJ’s. We feel it could follow, in terms of popularity, Otis Redding’s colossal ‘Loving By The Pound’.

Please take a few minutes to listen to the promotional video and see what you think, but be warned, you won’t be able to sit still!

Both sides are soon to be available on a beautifully mastered vinyl 45.

DD015 collector’s release is a limited pressing @ just £12 each plus postage and packing.

Avoid Disappointment. Pre-order ON WEBSITE ONLY now, while stocks last.



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