CARLENE CARTER Musical Shapes (1980) + Carlene Carter (1978)

Musical Shapes (1980)
Carlene Carter (1978)
One With Rockpile, The Other With Graham Parker’s Rumour

Carlene Carter grew up in the family business, The Carter Family business. But, when it came time for her to leave the nest, after years of touring with mom, June Carter Cash, she flew the coup to the UK, hooking up with The Rumour, who would produce, arrange and perform on her debut album, Carlene Carter. They brought along friends, too, like boss Graham Parker and Nick Lowe. Parker composes “Between You And Me” while Bob Andrews & Brinsley Schwarz produce. By 1980, Carter was married to Lowe and Rockpile was her backing band on the universally praised, Musical Shapes – given the trademark of cool by label, F-Beat Records (of Jake Riveria, Stiff & Elvis Costello fame). There are plenty of treats on both of these releases, including a delightful duet with Dave Edmunds on Musical Shapes‘ “Baby Ride Easy.” You gotta figure the fanatical Rockpile boys are responsible for talking her into covering step-dad’s “Ring Of Fire.” Both LPs are out of print, but Carlene Carter & Musical Shapes are available as two-fers @ Amazon.

Cry (2:06)
Madness (3:01)
Baby Ride Easy (3:20)
Bandit Of Love (2:13)
I’m So Cool (2:35)
Appalachian Eyes (2:57)
Ring Of Fire (3:06)
Too Bad About Sandy (2:59)
Foggy Mountain Top (2:39)
That Very First Kiss (3:05)
Too Drunk (To Remember) (3:02)
Too Proud (3:32)

Produced by
Nick Lowe
Carlene Carter – piano
Dave Edmunds – guitar, backing vocals
Billy Bremner – guitar
Nick Lowe – bass
Terry Williams – drums
John McFee – guitar
Johnny Ciambotti – bass

Love Is Gone
Smoke Dreams (3:08)
Between You And Me (2:51)
I Once Knew Love (3:39)
I’ve Been There Before (2:49)
Never Together (But Close Sometimes) (2:20)
Mr. Moon (2:36)
Alabama Morning (3:40)
Slow Dance (3:44)
Who Needs Words (2:35)

Produced By Bob Andrews & Brinsley Schwarz
Carlene Carter – vocals, piano, backing vocals

Andrew Bodnar – bass
Steve Goulding – drums
Brinsley Schwarz – electric, acoustic, and slide guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Bob Andrews – piano, backing vocals, percussion, organ, electric piano, bass
Nick Lowe – bass, backing vocals
Graham Parker – acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Terry Williams – drums


  • 1
    June 20, 2011 - 14:38 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    April 25, 2012 - 07:01 | Permalink

    Let me be the first to comment and say thank you for these two nice albums. I say “Get Carter”! Me & the boys had quite a thing for Ms Carter back in the day. Ahhh, happy days….

  • 3
    January 18, 2013 - 07:36 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard – I wasn’t aware of the Rumour / Rockpile connection, despite Ms Carter being Mrs Lowe. I look forward to hearing these.

  • 4
    July 13, 2013 - 10:46 | Permalink

    Would an upload of Musical Shapes be possible…? Thank you, Sir!

    • 5
      July 13, 2013 - 11:20 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • 6
    July 13, 2013 - 12:40 | Permalink

    Honestly, I can’t thank you enough for the music. God bless you! ;)

    • 7
      July 13, 2013 - 12:43 | Permalink

      Thanks… but Carlene did most of the work.

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