Clark Alice

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  • Clark Alice - The Complete Studio Recordings (LP)


    The complete output of a great but under-recorded soul singer. Pressed on 180g white vinyl, with in-depth notes and rare photos on inner bag.

    Today Brooklyn is the hipster capital of the USA. Rejuvenated by gentrification, it is the place to live in the New York area if you are young and up-and-coming. Yet for a large part of the 20th century it was an adjunct to the glittering lights of Manhattan for working people and their everyday lives. Born in the late 1940s, Alice Clark came from the borough’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area and returned there when her recording career ended.

    Until recently the only person we could find who remembered Alice was Billy Vera. A singer, songwriter and music historian, Billy produced her first single, released on Rainy Day Records, but remembered very little despite overseeing the exceptional tracks on that 45 and a third which eventually appeared here on Ace in 2010.

    Alice also released the fantastic single ‘You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)’, a classic piece of uptown soul, and an album for Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records. The 45 became a northern soul anthem, whilst ‘Don’t You Care’ and ‘Never Did I Stop Loving You’ from the LP became dance floor hits on the acid jazz and modern soul scenes in the 1990s.

    Gathered together, the 15 tracks Alice recorded emphasise what a lost talent she was. It’s a meagre output cut over a four-year period, which yielded no success but left a large footprint. After her records failed to bring her fame and fortune, she retired from music to look after her family, most notably her seven grandchildren. Alice died in 2004, unaware how much her music meant to a couple of generations of UK clubbers. We would like to think this album serves as a fitting tribute to a great but under-recorded singer.

    Dean Rudland

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  • Clark Alice - The Complete Studio Recordings 1968 – 1972 (CD)


    CD Description* Alice Clark only recorded three sessions that produced two singles and one album, all of which are sought-after classics. BGP’s release of The Complete Studio Recordings: 1968-1972″ brings those recordings together for the first time.* Opening with her Northern Soul classic `You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts)’ recorded for George Kerr, the CD also features a previously unreleased and incredible slice of deep soul called `Before Her Time’. All the tracks from her 1972 album for Mainstream Records, a wonderful slice of Big City New York soul are here that include two massive club classics `Don’t You Care’ and `Never Did I Ever Stop Loving You’.* Both the album and the single `You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts)’ would set you back well over three figures even if you could find one to buy.* Although little is known about Alice Clark, BGP have managed to coax some memories from Billy Vera and have had access to some amazing studio shots from the Mainstream sessions to make up a beautifully illustrated booklet.”

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