Live At The Bohemian Caverns
CAT # STXCD-30328-25
1. Introduction by Al Bell 2:46 2. You're Gonna Hear From Me 4:12 3. Medley: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/It's A Lovely Day Today/On A Clear Day (Y 5:03 4. Mas Que Nada 3:44 5. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) 3:08 6. Evenin' 5:12 7. I Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do 2:32 8. B-A-B-Y 5:09 9. Many, Many Thanks 4:27 10. Never Be True 5:03 11. Rufus Dialogue #1 4:59 12. Fine And Mellow 5:11 13. Did You Ever Love A Woman 3:15 14. Rufus Dialogue #2 2:55 15. The Dog 4:14
In 1967, Carla Thomas was the undisputed queen of soul. Her hit “B-A-B-Y” had hit No. 3 on Billboard’s R&B charts, with her duet with Otis Redding, “Tramp,” climbing to No. 2. As part of the Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe, she had reached a whole new international audience. So when she played what she considered the most important U.S. performance of her career at Washington, D.C.’s prestigious jazz club the Bohemian Caverns, then-Stax president Al Bell and musician Donny Hathaway worked with her to ensure a career-making gig. It was to be her artistic tour de force — a look back at the singer’s R&B roots while pursuing an expansion into jazz.
Yet the album was inexplicably scrapped — deleted from the release schedule without notice. Finally, in the year of the 50th anniversary and reactivation of Stax Records, Carla Thomas’ Live at the Bohemian Caverns will be released, on September 18, 2007. The deluxe CD set contains liner notes by Stax historian Rob Bowman.
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