(2005) The Motown Collection

Chris Clark

... read moreAlong with so many other artists on the Motown imprint, Chris Clark stood in the shadows of music giants, waiting patiently to get her turn in the spotlight under the magic spell of the Motor City music machine. Like many of these artists, Clark had her brief moment in the sun, then languished in...

02:36′:04″ 50 Songs

Disk 1

1
Chris Clark
I Want To Go Back There Again
2:39
2
Chris Clark
Love's Gone Bad
2:21
3
Chris Clark
Born To Love You Baby
2:27
4
Chris Clark
If You Should Walk Away
3:12
5
Chris Clark
Whisper You Love Me Boy
2:30
6
Chris Clark
Got To Get You Into My Life
2:28
7
Chris Clark
Day By Day Or Never
2:35
8
Chris Clark
From Head To Toe
2:42
9
Chris Clark
Do Right Baby Do Right
2:50
10
Chris Clark
Until You Love Someone
2:57
11
Chris Clark
Put Yourself In My Place
2:43
12
Chris Clark
Sweeter As The Days Go By
2:58
13
Chris Clark
C.C. Rider
3:42
14
Chris Clark
Spinning Wheel
3:53
15
Chris Clark
How About You
2:50
16
Chris Clark
Good Morning Starshine
3:45
17
Chris Clark
With A Little Help From My Friends
5:12
18
Chris Clark
One
4:12
19
Chris Clark
In The Ghetto
2:53
20
Chris Clark
Can I See You In The Morning
3:07
21
Chris Clark
You've Made Me So Very Happy
3:46
22
Chris Clark
Get Back
4:07
23
Chris Clark
Don't Be Too Long
2:33
24
Chris Clark
I Love You
2:29
25
Chris Clark
The Beginning Of The End
2:44

Disk 2

1
Chris Clark
Ask Any Girl
2:45
2
Chris Clark
Everything Is Good About You
3:07
3
Chris Clark
Try It Baby
2:53
4
Chris Clark
I Like Everything About You
3:00
5
Chris Clark
Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
3:06
6
Chris Clark
In The Neighborhood
2:43
7
Chris Clark
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
2:55
8
Chris Clark
I Just Can't Forget Him
2:42
9
Chris Clark
If You Let Me Baby
3:19
10
Chris Clark
Your Wonderful Love
3:15
11
Chris Clark
Do Like I Do
3:03
12
Chris Clark
Let Me Go
2:28
13
Chris Clark
Mr. Maestro Play A Blues For Martha
3:14
14
Chris Clark
Soft Touch
2:28
15
Chris Clark
Crying In The Chapel
3:23
16
Chris Clark
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
3:09
17
Chris Clark
It Must Be Love Baby
3:07
18
Chris Clark
Stay Away From Temptation
2:29
19
Chris Clark
He's Good For Me
2:45
20
Chris Clark
I Just Wanna Be Lovin' You
2:59
21
Chris Clark
Bad Seed
3:06
22
Chris Clark
Something's Wrong
2:46
23
Chris Clark
Mighty Good Lovin'
2:30
24
Chris Clark
Everybody's Right Everybody's Wrong
2:34
25
Chris Clark
What You Doing
8:43
Released 07 March 2005, A Motown Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 2005 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Along with so many other artists on the Motown imprint, Chris Clark stood in the shadows of music giants, waiting patiently to get her turn in the spotlight under the magic spell of the Motor City music machine. Like many of these artists, Clark had her brief moment in the sun, then languished in near obscurity, save for the die-hard loyalists of the Northern soul scene, who relished every move she made from her Motown years and beyond. Thankfully, the folks over at the U.K. imprint of Motown had the good sense to include her in their recent onslaught of catalog reissues highlighting the minor players of Motown. The two-disc set is all the Chris Clark diehards and casual fans could possibly ever need to include in their collection, but the gems found herein are pleasant surprises nevertheless. The first disc culls tracks off her Soul Sounds and CC Rides Again albums, a bluesy blue-eyed soul (think Dusty Springfield) take on the traditional Motown formula as well as mildly tepid takes on contemporary pop songs. The covers (especially "Got to Get You into My Life" and "In the Ghetto") don't work nearly as well as the original compositions, but Motown would often pad full-length records with them, so they're of little use other than for historical significance. Her take on "Take Me in Your Arms" (originally recorded by Kim Weston) and the amazing "If You Should Walk Away" are two of many highlights that compensate for the duller moments, but it's the second disc of unreleased material and rarities where Clark truly shines. There are several moments that would find the perfect home at a weekender in the Northern country, especially the stomper "Something's Wrong." It's another fine addition to the U.K. Motown series, and for those longing for the majority of her recorded works on compact disc, it's simply essential. ~ Rob Theakston