12 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Casual listeners will know Gene Chandler from the colossal 1962’s chart topper “The Duke of Earl” but Chandler was far more than a one-hit wonder. One of the true giants of Chicago soul music Chandler was a multi-faceted artist with a career spanning four decades. Though he had many fine hit singles few of his full-length albums can rival 1967’s stellar The Girl Don’t Care for its consistent quality and dazzling smooth soul production values. Much of this is due to the involvement of Curtis Mayfield, who co-wrote some of the best songs here. His evenhanded influence can be heard throughout this album with its subtle, often mournful songs, delicate string arrangements and painstakingly orchestrated harmonies. Indeed one can even hear Mayfield’s angelic backing vocals on tracks like “You Can’t Hurt Me No More” and “To Choose.” Yet Mayfield’s contributions are always understated and never overpower Chandler’s considerable vocal firepower. Arguably Chandler’s finest full-length release The Girl Don’t Care is an essential purchase for fans of classic Chicago soul.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Casual listeners will know Gene Chandler from the colossal 1962’s chart topper “The Duke of Earl” but Chandler was far more than a one-hit wonder. One of the true giants of Chicago soul music Chandler was a multi-faceted artist with a career spanning four decades. Though he had many fine hit singles few of his full-length albums can rival 1967’s stellar The Girl Don’t Care for its consistent quality and dazzling smooth soul production values. Much of this is due to the involvement of Curtis Mayfield, who co-wrote some of the best songs here. His evenhanded influence can be heard throughout this album with its subtle, often mournful songs, delicate string arrangements and painstakingly orchestrated harmonies. Indeed one can even hear Mayfield’s angelic backing vocals on tracks like “You Can’t Hurt Me No More” and “To Choose.” Yet Mayfield’s contributions are always understated and never overpower Chandler’s considerable vocal firepower. Arguably Chandler’s finest full-length release The Girl Don’t Care is an essential purchase for fans of classic Chicago soul.

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