Review – On Easy Street by Pat Carpenter

“On Easy Street” is the latest release from music veteran Pat Carpenter. This former Tempest and Poor Soul has delivered thirteen originals and covers that even the most discriminating ears and feet should find something to their liking. “We Got It Goin’ On” is out front with awesome background vocals accenting Pat’s lead vocals. Up next is the mellow “Lovin’ On Borrowed Time”, followed by the title track, “On Easy Street”. O.C. Smith may have recorded this one first, but Pat has taken it and made it his own. “Over The Hill”, an original tune from the pens of Carpenter and Mickey Floyd follows. A song that has been making waves in the clubs and on radio since its release on an earlier compilation, “Lucky Lucky Me” gets its second wind. “First Sign of Trouble” is a blues influenced original is next, followed by the horn rich “Waiting On The Moonlight”, accented by some high class piano work and background vocals. I used to play Jimmy Ruffin’s version of “I Know How To Love Her” on radio many years ago. Carpenter takes this one and transforms it from a lost Motown tune to one of pure Carolina Beach Music. After eight upbeat selections, it’s time to slow things down with the original belly rubber, “Every Night & Every Day”. Strong guitars and horns are featured with the lead vocals on “Everything I Do”. Fast steppers may even get winded on this one and those who dance The Continental should thrive on it. The previously released and already popular “On & Off” is next. “Yours” is a sweet country ballad that Carpenter reworks into his own style. The final selection is “I Found Love (On A Lonely Highway)” a story of chance meeting while heading down the highway. This KHP release is out in time for SOS, so availability should not be a problem.

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