Ty Karim - Complete Ty Karim, The (Los Angeles' Soul Goddess) (Music CD)

Release Date: 01 December 2008
Artist: Ty Karim
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Ty Karim's lengthy if sporadic career is covered in depth on this 23-song compilation, which includes cuts she issued on singles on several labels between 1965 and 1980, as well as ten previously unissued tracks; her 1967 45 credited to Towana & the Total Destruction; and a duet with George Griffin on the two-part 1980 single "Keep on Doin' Whatcha' Doin'." Los Angeles Soul Goddess is overstating matters; yes, she was based in L.A., but her talent was more admirable than godlike. It's kind of a given that this release's appeal is largely limited to very committed soul collectors, and not just because there aren't any hits. Karim's somewhat deeper-than-average vocals are decent but on the ordinary side, and the material, mostly written by producer and onetime husband Kent Harris, reflects soul trends of the day without adding much of special note. Occasionally the Karim-Harris team got their hands on songs that she could make an impression with, and those -- particularly "Wear Your Natural, Baby" (a simultaneous statement of fashion and African-American pride that was pretty cutting-edge lyric-wise for 1967) and "All at Once," which has a nice sad melody and Latin-influenced beat -- are the highlights of this anthology. She seems to be letting it hang out more than usual on the 1965 single "All in Vain," too, which has a raspier, more gospel-influenced style (somewhat in the Etta James mold) than most of her other recordings, and is all the better for it. Karim would be better sampled via representation of such songs on various-artists collections than via a full CD, however, as this disc is weighed down by generic sorta Motown-ish numbers (on her 1960s sides) and some flawed attempts at more updated dance-influenced sounds, like "Keep on Doin' Whatcha' Doin'," which goes on way too long. ~ Richie Unterberger
Release Date: 01 December 2008
Artist: Ty Karim

1. Lighten Up Baby
2. Help Me Get That Feeling Back Again - Towana & The Total Destruction
3. Ain't That Love Enough
4. Only A Fool
5. All At Once
6. Lightin' Up
7. Don't Let Me Lonely Tonight
8. Wear Your Natural Baby - Towana & The Total Destruction
9. You Just Don't Know
10. You Really Made It Good To Me
11. I Ain't Lying
12. Take It Easy Baby
13. Don't Make Me Do Wrong
14. Keep On Doing Whatcha' Doin' (part 1) - Karim, Ty & George Griffin
15. Keep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (part 2) - Karim, Ty & George Griffin
16. Natural Do (aka Wear Your Natural Baby)
17. I'm Leavin' You
18. All In Vain
19. After Your Love Has Gone
20. All At Once (alternate vocal)
21. Lighten Up Baby (alternate vocal)
22. If I Can't Stop You (I Can Slow You Down)
23. It Takes Money

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Catalogue No: CDKEND308