Album of the Day
Few artists carried the torch for '60s soul into the following decade more effectively than Clarence Carter. The Alabama-born singer had his biggest hit in 1970 with “Patches,” a tale of perseverance through poverty that earned a Best R&B Song Grammy and still resonates a half-century later. Carter's fourth album drew its name from the track, and though that Top 10 single may be the most recognizable thing on the Atlantic collection, it's far from the only highlight. Minor hit “It's All in Your Mind,” a gospel-tinged version of The Beatles' “Let It Be” and original “C.C. Blues” speak to the performer's versatility, and Carter's guitar work is as appealing as his vocals (several other fine musicians can be heard in support here, including axeman Travis Wammack). PATCHES features outstanding examples of several R&B styles, and we'll give the album a spin now to wish Carter a happy birthday.