CLARENCE CARTER:
Snatching It Back / Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)
(45rpm single)

  

  

Original release:
45rpm single: Atlantic 45-2605 (1969)

  1.
Snatching It Back (mono)
  2.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) (mono)

These are the mono versions from the single release:
'Snatching It Back': time 2:39
'Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street': time 3:40

Stereo versions were released on the 1969 LP Testifyin' (Atlantic SD8238):
'Snatching It Back': time 2:47
'Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street': time 5:00

  1.
Snatching It Back (stereo)
  2.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) (stereo)

Duane Allman is suspected to play on tracks 1 & 2.


Here are a few little snippets from these tracks, where Duane might be heard:

  1.
Snatching It Back (mono)
  2.
Snatching It Back (stereo)
  3.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) (mono)
  4.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) (stereo)

On page 14 of Michael Buffalo Smith's book "Capricorn Rising" (Mercer University Press, Macon, GA, 2016) Gregg Allman talks about the song 'Dark End Of The Street' that he recorded for his ‘Searching For Simplicity’ album. And he also tells that Duane recorded it with Clarence Carter.

On March 22, 2014 Scott Cantor spoke with David Hood (in the 1960's studio bassist for FAME and also co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) and Jimmy Johnson (in the 1960's studio guitarist and sound engineer for Rick Hall's FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL. and in 1969 co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio). They confirmed that Duane Allman does not play on the album Testifyin'.

We have checked the recording dates for this album on the tape ledgers from the Atlantic Records archive and on
https://www.jazzdisco.org/atlantic-records/discography-1969/
and we found out that 8 tracks for the LP Testifyin' were recorded on May 2, 1969 and May 13, 1969 at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.
Duane Allman doesn't play on these tracks, because after February 1969 he didn't record at Fame anymore.

But the Atlantic Records tape ledgers, and
https://www.jazzdisco.org/atlantic-records/discography-1968/ 
also show that 3 tracks for this LP were recorded earlier.
‘Back Door Santa’ was recorded on October 3, 1968 at Fame Recording Studios during the sessions for the LP 'The Dynamic Clarence Carter'.
And the tracks 'Snatching It Back' and 'Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)' were recorded on January 6, 1969, and it were the only 2 tracks recorded on that day.
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On the Testifyin' LP Albert Lowe, Jimmy Johnson and Clarence Carter are listed as the guitar players.

On page 142 of her book 'Please Be With Me - A Song For My Dather, Duane Allman' (Spiegel & Grau, New York, NY, 2014) Galadrielle Allman published a part of Duane's diary:

- January 3, 1969 Clarence Carter session. Clarence cancelled today. Moved into my lake crib and it’s a gas. Spent the day fixing it a little.
- January 4, 1969 Clarence Carter session
- January 5, 1969 Clarence Carter session – Leave for New York for Aretha Franklin session.
First part of session terrible. Couldn’t get Rick
[Fame Studios owner and producer Rick Hall] to accept new idea for guitar parts. The other cats said I was learning fast when this happened. What a drag.
- January 6, 1969 Begin Aretha Franklin session.

So it seems the recording date for those 2 tracks was not January 6, 1969, but January 4 & 5, 1969. The master numbers were probably assigned on January 6.

But what happened on January 4 & 5 ? Now we know that Duane was there. Did he play on these tracks or didn’t he play at all? Or was his contribution erased from the tapes?


These tracks are also released on:

TESTIFYIN':

LP: Atlantic SD 8238 (1969)

  1.   Bad News
  2.
Snatching It Back
  3.   Soul Deep
  4.   I Smell A Rat
  5.   Doin' Our Thing
  6.   You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure
  7.   Instant Reaction
  8.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)
  9.   The Feeling Is Right
10.   Back Door Santa
11.   I Can't Do Without You


SNATCHING IT BACK - THE BEST OF CLARENCE CARTER:

CD: Rhino R2-70286 (1992)

  1.   Step By Step
  2.   I Stayed Away Too Long
  3.   Tell Daddy
  4.   Looking For A Fox
  5.   I Can't See Myself
  6.
The Road Of Love
  7.   Slip Away
  8.   Back Door Santa
  9.   That Old Time Feeling
10.   Too Weak To Fight
11.   I'd Rather Go Blind
12.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)
13.
Snatching It Back
14.   Soul Deep
15.   I Smell A Rat
16.   Doin' Our Thing
17.   The Feeling Is Right
18.   I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
19.   Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
20.   It's All In Your Mind
21.   Patches


THIS IS CLARENCE CARTER / TESTIFYIN':

CD: Koch Records KOC-CD-8014 (1998)

  1.   Do What You Gotta Do
  2.   Looking For A Fox
  3.   Slippin' Around
  4.   I'm Qualified
  5.   I Can't See Myself
  6.   Wind It Up
  7.   Part Time Love
  8.   Thread The Needle
  9.   Slip Away
10.   Funky Fever
11.   She Ain't Gonna Do Right
12.   Set Me Free
13.   Bad News
14.
Snatching It Back
15.   Soul Deep
16.   I Smell A Rat
17.   Doin' Our Thing
18.   You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure
19.   Instant Reaction
20.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)
21.   The Feeling Is Right
22.   Back Door Santa
23.   I Can't Do Without You


THE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1 1966-70:

CD: Ace Records Ltd. / Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 376 (2012)

  1.   Tell Daddy (Fame 1010, 1966)
  2.   I Stayed Away Too Long (Fame 1010, 1966)
  3.   Thread The Needle (Fame 1013, 1967)
  4.   Don't Make My Baby Cry (Fame 1013, 1967)
  5.   She Ain't Gonna Do Right (Fame 1016, 1967)
  6.   The Road Of Love (Fame 1016, 1967)
  7. Looking For A Fox (Atlantic 2461, 1967)
  8. I Can't See Myself (Crying About You) (Atlantic 2461, 1967)
  9. Funky Fever (Atlantic 2508, 1968)
10. Slip Away (Atlantic 2508, 1968)
11. Too Weak To Fight (Atlantic 2569, 1968)
12. Let Me Comfort You (Atlantic 2569, 1968)
13. Back Door Santa (Atlantic 2576, 1968)
14. That Old Time Feeling (Atlantic 2576, 1968)
15.
Snatching It Back (Atlantic 2605, 1969)
16.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) (Atlantic 2605, 1969)
17. The Feeling Is Right (Atlantic 2642, 1969)
18. You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure (Atlantic 2642, 1969)
19 Doin' Our Thing (Atlantic 2660, 1969)
20. I Smell A Rat (Atlantic 2660, 1969)
21. Take It Off Him And Put It On Me (Atlantic 2702, 1970)
22. The Few Troubles I've Had (Atlantic 2702, 1970)
23. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone (Atlantic 2726, 1970)
24. Devil Woman (Atlantic 2726, 1970)


TESTIFYIN' & PATCHES:

CD: Ace Records Ltd. / Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 470 (2017)

  1.   Bad News
  2.
Snatching It Back
  3.   Soul Deep
  4.   I Smell A Rat
  5.   Doin' Our Thing
  6.   You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure
  7.   Instant Reaction
  8.
Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)
  9.   The Feeling Is Right
10.   Back Door Santa
11.   I Can't Do Without You
12.   Willie And Laura Mae Jones
13.   Say Man
14.   I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')
15.   Let It Be
16.   I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
17.   Your Love Lifted Me
18.   Till I Can't Take It Anymore
19.   Patches
20.   It's All In Your Mind
21.   Changes
22.   C.C. Blues
23.   Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)
Bonus Tracks:
24.   Johnny Poverty
25.   I Found What I Wanted
26.   Say A Little Prayer