Carla Thomas – 1966 – Carla
Carla Thomas’ second album for Stax – one of the classiest Memphis albums of the 60s, and a record that has Carla serving up some great Memphis originals, alongside a few other bluesy classics that are given a more sophisticated approach!
Paired with Stax writing whiz-kids Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Thomas had her greatest chart run, beginning with the hit “B-A-B-Y” and continuing with “Let Me Be Good to You“.
Both of those appear here, alongside evocative slabs of country-soul in covers of Hank Williams’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces“. For good measure, Thomas also tries her hand at the blues with covers of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster” and Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do?“.