Linda Clarke


Band members                              Related acts

- Linda Hill Clarke -- vocals, keyboards

 

  backing musicians:

- Ed Green -- drums, percussion

- Wilton Felder -- bass

- Teeny Hodges -- lead guitar

- Steven Hines -- keyboards

 

 

 

- none known

 

 

 


 

Genre: soul

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Yes, Indeed!

Company: Tiger Lily

Catalog: TL 14035
Year:
 1976

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: cut out hole top right corner; promo copy

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5705

Price: $100.00

 

Even for the tax scam Tiger Lily label this one's largely unknown ...  Good luck  finding any online references to it ....

 

Released in 1976 "Yes, Indeed!" was co-produced by Robby Adcock and Joe Long who went on to enjoy some recognition with a slew of late-1970s/early-1980s disco-oriented material.  Adcock subsequently became a professor at the University of South Florida. Unfortunately namesake Linda Hill Clarke is a complete mystery.  She wrote about a third of the material, played keyboards, and had a decent enough soul-flavored voice.  The album was also interesting for the list of backup musicians which included jazz bassist Wilton Felder, guitarist Teeny Hodges, and keyboard player Steven Hines (who recorded his own album for Tiger Lily).  So much for the biographical insight I can provide ...  Here it turns to pure speculation on my part.  I'm guessing these sides were recorded in the mid-1970s when Adcock was working at Long's Hollywood Fat Chance Studios.  Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea how the pair hooked up with Morris Levy's Tiger Lily ...  My guess is that Long somehow established the Levy connection.  Anyone got a clue?    Enough guessing.  So what's the music actually sound like?

 

 

Postscript February 2019

I'm pretty sure these are tracks recorded by Washington, D.C. born actress, dancer, director, and lawyer Hope Clark.  YouTube has a clip of 'Share You Love' and to my ears it sounds exactly like the version on the album.  Add to that, Clark added some brief comments to the clip: 

 

"I was so pleased to hear this song again - haven't hear it for about 20 years since I lastowned a record player.  It's from an an album I made about 40 years agao which, I believe, was mainly used as a tax write-off and not promoted.  For a brief time i my limited career, I used my middle name - Hope"  

Linda Clark 

 

For anyone interested, Clark has an extensive Wikipedia profile that lays out what is an impressive career:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Clarke

 

 

"Yes, Indeed!" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Share Your Love  (Deadric Malone - Alfred Braggs) -   rating: **** stars

Complete with tasty horn arrangements, 'Share Your Love' had a distinctive Memphis-styled soul feel which provided a nice base for Clarke's slightly raw hewn and sharp vocals.  While nice, Clarke's cover won't make you forget the Bobby Blues Bland version ...  or the Aretha Franklin version, or The Band version, though it's better than the Kenny Rogers cover.

2.) Share Your Love (instrumental)  (Deadric Malone - Alfred Braggs) -   rating: *** stars

The 'Share Your Love' instrumental may have been the same track sans the vocal track - hard to compare them side-by-side.  About the only thing worth mentioning is that Teeny Hodges' guitar is more notable this time around.

3.) Naughty Rita  (C.M. Lord) -    rating: *** stars

'Naughty Rita' offered up a nice bluesy rocker with a nice Hodges solo.  Not too hard picture Delaney and Bonnie covering the track ...     rating: ** stars

4.) Roy's Song  (Linda Hill Clarke) - 

Just Clarke and keyboard, 'Roy's Song' was a pretty, but forgettable ballad.

 

(side 2)
1.) Small Town Lady  (C.M. Lord) - 
   rating: **** stars

Built on a funky Memphis groove with a killer Hodges solo, 'Small Town Lady' may have been the stand out performance.  Far better than the slower ballads.

2.) The Message  (C.M. Lord) -      rating: ** stars

Another C.M. Lord penned tune, 'The Message' featured a Gospel-flavored feel.  Clarke certainly gave the track her all, but somehow this one never clicked for me ... 

3.) Yes, Indeed  (Linda Hill Clarke) -     rating: *** stars

To my ears the title track came off as an odd cross between Memphis and Philly International soul moves.  The performance was actually quite commercial and with a bit of promotion could have garnered some radio play.  

4.) Yes, Indeed (instrumental)  (Linda Hill Clarke)    rating: *** stars

Without the vocals to distract your attention the instrumental version of 'Yes, Indeed' underscored the Philly International-styled orchestration.

 

Nowhere near the great lost soul album you might have been hoping for.  Also one quick word of warning - even for a tax scam release this one's a bit on the cheap side with the title track and 'Share Your Love' represented by vocal and instrumental versions.  And, I'm pretty sure the cover photo is not that of the real Ms. Clarke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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