Top Tune of the Week

Week of April 3, 2013

Alice Clark - Hard Hard Promises

This self-titled 1972 disc from Alice Clark (“The Holy Grail of Modern Soul”) has more than stood the test of time. It has been called a sublime masterpiece of R&B/pop and was produced by Bob Shad for Mainstream Records, the label he founded in 1964. Among the reissues and new material Shad released on Mainstream included artists such as Shelly Manne, Dizzy Gillespie, and Buddy Terry. Other productions by Bob Shad include the fist album by Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin) and records by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Sarah Vaughan, and The Amboy Dukes. Another Fun Fact: Shad’s grandson happens to be writer-director Judd Apatow.

None of the songs on Clark’s album are self-penned; all are gems from the likes of Jimmy Webb, Fred Ebb, John Kander as are three from Bobby Hebb (of “Sunny” fame) including this week’s Top Tune, “Hard Hard Promises”. Please enjoy!

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Contact & Licensing info: Master (Alice Clark) controlled by Mainstream/TIme Records / contact:
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