5,0 de 5 estrellasAmong the great Songwriters of Music- Don Covay
8 de septiembre de 2015 - Publicado en Amazon.com
Don Covay was one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. I wish there were 40 songs, (two vols.) instead of 26. Many other Don Covay's hit songs includes: Tonight's the Night and I'm Hanging Up My Heart for You (Solomon Burke); Champagne and Wine (Otis Redding); Baby You Got It (Etta James); I'm Gonna Cry - (Wilson Pickett); Soul Meeting (Soul Clan) - just to name a few. I've enjoyed some of the "remakes" of Don own hits (except Mercy, Mercy!). This CD could be more complete even including six or more selections by D. Covay and his Goodtimers - for even more Sixties and Seventies soul hits. We really thought we knew Covay's songbook! However, this collection was Simply Amazing!! His "Pop" and Rock & Roll" songs - meant someone else - really did some serious homework - to go back to the late 50s. Also, Don Covay's co-writers like John Barry, Horace Ott and Steve Cropper - represented Mr. Covay's musical progression. I really hope that Mr. Covay, witness and enjoyed the fruits of his songwriting - before his passing in January 2015. We will always enjoy his works - for many more years to come.
Be forewarned! The track list posted here is not the same as it is on the back cover of the CD which has the correct order.
All I can say is wow! I had no idea Don Covay was such a prolific composer! So many artists! Little Richard's soulful rendition of "I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me" completely surprised me. I've always respected Solomon Burke's style and delivery. His soul just oozes out on "You're Good For Me" which was one of my mom's favorite songs. Mary Ann Fisher curled me up into a ball as she spoon fed me a heaping plate of lovin' soul, singing "Give" just to me. Gladys & The Pips' "Come See About Me" pre-dates The Supremes' hit and it's a totally different song. Ain't no Motown pop here. "Shoes" by Brook Benton is a clever tune describing a man trying to move on but he keeps going back. Brooks blames his "Shoes". Cliff Bennett gets funky on the original version of See Saw". Etta James has every right to "...Take What He's Got" and she does it with style.
The remastering on "Have Mercy..." is of good quality. 16 of the 26 songs are in stereo. A handful of cuts on this Cd I haven't heard in many years and some I've never heard before today. Don Covay delivers a good deal of hits with this compilation. There's a few misses also but overall Covay serves up a tasty dish of R&B, heavily flavored with soul, a couple drops of pop and sprinkled with just enough funk to groove it to your liking. It just shows how the power of the pen in a talented man's hands can translate across a vast spectrum. When you can speak a language everyone is willing to to learn...well that says a lot. Don Covay is fluent in Soul, R&B, Funk and Pop on this volume.
Here's the correct order:
1 Three Time Loser - Wilson Pickett 2 Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin 3 You're Good For Me - Solomon Burke 4 This Old Town (People In This Town) - The Staple Singers 5 I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me - Little Richard 6 Long Tall Shorty - The Graham Bond Organization 7 There's A Party Goin' On - Wanda Jackson 8 Pony Time - Chubby Checker 9 Mercy Mercy - The Wailers 10 Mr Twister - Connie Francis 11 Love Bug - Lena Horne 12 Don't Drive Me Away - Ben E King 13 Give - Mary Ann Fisher 14 Letter Full Of Tears - Billy Fury 15 You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) - Jerry Butler 16 Come See About Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips 17 Shoes - Brook Benton With The Dixie Flyers 18 Sookie Sookie - Tina Britt 19 See Saw - Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers 20 Kangaroo Hop - Dee Clark 21 A Big Fat Saturday Night - Gene Vincent 22 Mon Cherie Au Revoir - Arlene Smith 23 The Continental Walk - The Rollers 24 I'm Gonna Take What He's Got - Etta James 25 She Said Yeah - Joe Tex 26 Watch The One Who Brings You The News - Millie Jackson
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