Calvin Scott – 1972 – I΄m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See

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An amazing rare record on Stax

Best known for his longtime collaboration with R&B great Clarence Carter, Calvin Scott turned up on Stax just long enough for this awkward spiritual soul session, a shameless and wan stab to capture the sound and schtick of Ray Charles. The uncomfortably titled I’m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See bears few of the classic Stax hallmarks, with backing unit the Jazz Crusaders settling for a half-baked deep-fried soul sensibility that fails to complement Scott’s gritty vocals.

a1 Sadness For Things 3.26
a2 Shame On The Family Name 2.50
a3 I’ve Made A Reservation 3.14
a4 Goodness Gracious 3.15
a5 Sweet Sixteen 6.20
b1 Goin’ Back To Eden 3.30
b2 Can I Get a Witness 2.53
b3 Will you go with Me  3.36
b4 Never Found A Girl  2.39
b5 Gonna Make It This Time 3.44
b6 Whirlpool 3.09


Clarence & Calvin – Thread The Needle
Clarence & Calvin – Rooster Knees & Rice
Clarence & Calvin – I Don’t Know (School Girl)
Clarence & Calvin – Somebody Better Get Here Quick

Soul singer and pianist Calvin Scott started out as a partner of Clarence Carter before moving to record as a solo artist for Stax. Born in Tuskegee, AL, on January 6, 1938, Scott began playing the piano at age five, and first met Carter while attending a school for the blind in Talladega. Scott played several instruments in the school band, and formed a partnership with Carter. With the help of some older friends they’d impressed, the two got a record deal with Fairlane in 1961, but soon moved on to Duke. In 1965, recording under the name Clarence & Calvin, the duo cut several songs at the famed Muscle Shoals studios, one of which — the ballad “Step by Step” — was given a wider national release by Atlantic. The two assembled a small backing band and played regularly in Birmingham in 1966, but unfortunately, their partnership soon ended. Scott was seriously injured in a car accident after a gig one night, and wound up taking Carter to court for help paying his medical bills. Upon his recovery, Scott switched to the organ, formed his own band, and gigged around the South. He landed a solo deal with Atlantic, recording four songs over 1968-1969, and in 1971 he switched over to Stax. The following year, he recorded his first and only full-length album, I’m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See, with Clarence Paul (Stevie Wonder, etc.) producing and members of the Jazz Crusaders supplying studio backing. Discouraged by the lack of promotion for the attendant singles “Shame on the Family Name” and “A Sadness for Things,” Scott quit the music business and returned to Alabama, where he took a job with the state government and continued to perform on a local basis. Scott’s son, Calvin Scott Jr., went on to become a smooth jazz saxophonist.

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  • John Adams
    Posted at 09:35h, 12 January 2012 Reply

    Super. Never seen it before. Wonderful Stax.

  • Albert
    Posted at 18:05h, 12 January 2012 Reply


    Thank you for all the songs, I love your blog and respect your work.

    From Catalonia -not spain- thank you for your time.

  • good music lover
    Posted at 18:22h, 12 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks again nikos! Beautiful tracks!
    However, I’m I the only one with issues playing track #7?

  • josé neves
    Posted at 19:34h, 12 January 2012 Reply

    Great discovery, this blog of yours!

    many thanks

  • rich
    Posted at 19:55h, 12 January 2012 Reply

    many thanx annd blessings

  • rich
    Posted at 22:09h, 12 January 2012 Reply

    never heard of him but being on stax label must be good. cant wait to hear thanx nikos

  • Dan
    Posted at 07:12h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks for this one, although the faint recommendation made me hesitate for a minute to give it a spin. Love your blog, though — you’ve expanded my musical universe incredibly over the past couple of years.

  • Rodney
    Posted at 09:31h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    Another great one though I had no idea of it. So thanks and keep it up brother.

  • Jano
    Posted at 14:20h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks for that. I appreciate what all ya people making for us. Be blessed

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 15:17h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    Why no Rapidshare links anymore ? 🙁 🙁 I cannot download this…. Could you maybe at least post multilinks?

  • E-mile
    Posted at 18:18h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    great stuff! and, yes track 7 Can I Get A Witness is pretty fu*ked up (can’t play it either) Thanks and maybe a rerip for track 7?
    peace, E-mile

  • Nikos
    Posted at 20:15h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    File (with track 7) is fine now! Enjoy!

  • W
    Posted at 20:43h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    A real rarity! Great stuff. Thx. W.

  • petey green
    Posted at 22:16h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    Many Thanks! I admit to being one of the jerks not posting my thanks enough but I will make a point to from now on because yall are the best!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 23:12h, 13 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks as always fellas! The hard work yall put in definitely doesn’t go unnoticed and any friend I share funkmysoul with…they are told that this is a community, family…of music lovers and to be sure to SHOW SOME LOVE!

  • E-mile
    Posted at 00:43h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    thanks Nikos!

  • Greg
    Posted at 14:10h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks for another rare gem.

  • jenny
    Posted at 16:40h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    Many thanks. I love the finger poppin’ Stax period.
    A few albums have eluded me though. like
    Temprees – Love maze & 3/Eddie Floyd – You’ve got to have Eddie/Israel Tolbert – popper Stopper/The john Kasandra albums…
    Any chance for uploads?

  • Lee
    Posted at 18:18h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    This site is an inspiration! Thank you for your numerous posts of life-giving music!!

  • myr
    Posted at 21:49h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    Problems with the downloading process…. Can you upload another time? Thank’s!!!

  • SwedSoul
    Posted at 23:37h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks to the Funky My Soul-crew for sharing.

  • Mafu
    Posted at 00:15h, 15 January 2012 Reply

    muchos gracias keep sending soulful things my way!

  • Quack
    Posted at 01:42h, 15 January 2012 Reply

    “Vielen Dank” from Germany!!

  • Uma
    Posted at 13:10h, 15 January 2012 Reply

    A well hidden Stax gem. Thank you for introducing.

  • Scott
    Posted at 01:53h, 16 January 2012 Reply

    I don’t always comment, but I’m always appreciative. Thanks for all the great music.

    Posted at 06:35h, 16 January 2012 Reply

    First time poster!

    what an awesome album cover!

    Posted at 06:35h, 16 January 2012 Reply

    First time poster! Glad you guys are back.

    Great tunes and what an awesome album cover!

  • Cole
    Posted at 19:47h, 16 January 2012 Reply

    Thanks so much. I thought you’d never posted it.

  • Danny Boy
    Posted at 19:49h, 16 January 2012 Reply

    Your blog became some kinda discovery channel for me. Thank for sharing all this.
    It might be the right place for requests … What about Billy Butler & infinity or his Okeh album ?
    So many goodies in here that i don’t what to recomend…
    Pay attention to Tim Maia’s “Racional” albums, good soul from brazil.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 20:00h, 16 January 2012 Reply

    It’s nice to know what you want me to post! Tim Maia is on my mind lately and will try to post Billy Butler too.

  • William
    Posted at 09:45h, 18 January 2012 Reply

    Awesome post …

  • mark mathew
    Posted at 19:29h, 25 January 2012 Reply

    another great soul mover – you never cease to surprise us for sure. cheers. long live good old soul – and mostly these days thanks to you and your friends

  • StrawberryFinn
    Posted at 23:10h, 18 March 2012 Reply

    Thank you very much for your hard work !!!
    Lots of respect from France !!!

  • Curtis
    Posted at 14:15h, 19 April 2012 Reply

    Thanks again for your work and patience !

  • carlos
    Posted at 11:22h, 28 April 2012 Reply


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    lovin’ your blog… keep up the good work!

  • soul controller
    Posted at 06:44h, 19 May 2012 Reply

    Dope drop!

  • Daz
    Posted at 14:25h, 18 September 2012 Reply

    First time I’ve opened my eyes (and ears) to this and so pleased I did! Many thanks and keep up the good work, it’s very appreciated!

  • pedro
    Posted at 16:01h, 07 November 2012 Reply

    love that track still has that stax sound thanks for this

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