CARLENE CARTER Musical Shapes (w/ Rockpile 1980) + Carlene Carter (w/ The Rumour 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 on the road with mom (June Carter Cash), she flew the coup to the UK, hooking up with members of The Rumour – who would produce, arrange and perform on her debut album, Carlene Carter. They brought along friends, too, like boss Graham Parker and future husband, 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 her new label, F-Beat Records (of Jake Riveria & Stiff Records 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 Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.” Check comments for Carter’s 1981 album, Blue Nun (with Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack & others). Carter’s LPs are out of print, but Carlene Carter (HERE) & Musical Shapes (HERE) are available as expensive 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


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

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    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….

  • Terry
    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.

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

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

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

      Thanks… but Carlene did most of the work.

  • zappahead
    September 14, 2014 - 05:46 | Permalink

    Her voice suits both bands which makes these tunes worth listening to time and again…much appreciated…..thanks for the share Willard

  • FervorCoulee
    September 14, 2014 - 15:59 | Permalink

    If anyone has Two Sides To Every Woman, that would be appreciated with thanks.

  • Johnny Chump
    September 14, 2014 - 18:01 | Permalink

    Thank you! I’ve always loved “Musical Shapes”. Might you have a copy of “Blue Nun”?

    • Willard
      September 14, 2014 - 18:23 | Permalink

      Actually, I had it up years ago… and it’s still a working link. Go figure.

      CARLENE CARTER Blue Nun (1981) @320
      Search HERE

      Songs by Carlene Carter, Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack (who sings two duets with CC) & others.

      Martin Belmont – Guitar
      Billy Bremner – Guitar, Vocals
      Bette Bright – Vocals
      Paul Carrack – Hammond Organ, Piano, Vocals
      Carlene Carter – Guitar, Piano, Vocals
      Ginny Clee – Vocals
      Big Al Downing – Vocals
      James Eller –Bass, Vocals
      Huw Gower – Guitar, Vocals
      Bobby Irwin – Drums, Vocals
      Nick Lowe – Bass, Vocals
      Glenn Tilbrook – Vocals

      • Johnny Chump
        September 15, 2014 - 12:19 | Permalink

        Awesome! Thank you Willard.

  • dwight
    September 15, 2014 - 10:40 | Permalink

    Carlene was also easy on the eyes as well as on the ears – got to see her performing with Rockpile once back in the day – as she said – she put the “cunt” back in country

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2014 - 03:07 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard, for these and Blue Nun.

  • Anonymous
    August 15, 2015 - 17:24 | Permalink

    God Bless this Great Land for this post. Been trying to track these down for years.

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