Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Gerry Goffin & Carole King - A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961 - 1967 (2007 Ace Records) Flac & mp3

Like songwriter team-oriented compilations that Ace has produced for Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman and Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller, this anthology of 26 tracks penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King mixes a few famous hits with a bunch of items that are much more off the beaten path. It's a mixed, if overall worthwhile, blessing. For it's not the place to start if you want the best and most famous work in the Goffin-King catalog, missing the biggest covers of their compositions by the Shirelles, Little Eva, Bobby Vee, Herman's Hermits, Manfred Mann, the Chiffons, the Everly Brothers, and others.
On the other hand, for those who already have those hits several times over in their collections, it's a good place to pick up '60s recordings of many of their lesser-known songs, with a few smashes (particularly Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and the Animals' "Don't Bring Me Down") sprinkled in. The downside is that most of the songs, with some exceptions like the aforementioned pair, simply aren't as good or memorable as Goffin-King's most famous classics. But there are some very good tunes here, including a few that were small hits, like Tony Orlando's "Halfway to Paradise," Betty Everett's rousing soul-popper "I Can't Hear You," and the Tokens' "He's in Town" (which the Rockin' Berries made a much bigger hit in Britain).
Also of note are oddities like the Crickets' "Don't Ever Change," a hit only in the U.K. (where the Beatles covered it in 1963 on the BBC), Bobby Vee's rare "The Idol" (a theme song for a 1962 TV documentary), and Dusty Springfield's version of "Wasn't Born to Follow" (a song much more renowned as done by the Byrds). Skeeter Davis' wonderful "Let Me Get Close to You" sounds like it should have been a big hit, but to be honest, most of the
relatively unfamiliar tracks here simply aren't in the same league, though many have excellent period '60s pop/rock production.

That's even the case when stars like the Drifters, the Chiffons, Lenny Welch, Bobby Rydell, the Righteous Brothers, and the Everly Brothers take a crack at something, though Jackie DeShannon's girl group-flavored "Heaven Is Being with You" and P.J. Proby's Righteous Brothers-like "I Can't Make It Alone" are well worth hearing. Still, the CD's a smartly chosen sampling of material for those who want to hear more Goffin-King compositions than what's most commonly available, with excellent liner notes covering both the composers' early careers and these specific recordings. (allmusic.com)

There are more song collections of Goffin - King released by Ace and all are very very good. Not the place to start with???  Sorry i can't agree with that. This is no '20 Greatest Hits of...' thing. Goffin King have done so much of great stuff and just because not all were chart toppers, that say nothing about the quality of a good song. :-)


Enjoy
          Frank      Flac part1  &    Flac part2
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6 comments:

  1. Hello,
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    musicyoucan

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    1. I removed the entry from the blog list.
      Kind regards
      Frank

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    2. Thanks a lot Frank.
      Willard closed hi wonderfull blog one month ago and there is different polemics on the net with people trying to let open the Willard music references urls against the Willard will.
      Thanks Frank for Willard

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    3. thanks for the information musicyoucan.It's the first time i hear about these things. Willards blog was really great. It's sad to hear it ends. But he will have his reasos and everyone should accept this.
      Have a nice day
      Frank

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    4. ''reasons'' not reasos, :-)

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  2. Don't panic.I know it just since a few hours that the Wormholes are gone. No one will seriously think this link comes from Willard.
    Kind regards
    Frank

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