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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00CP4GROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Southern Man
  2. Tell All the People
  3. Country Road
  4. After All This Time
  5. Gimme Shelter
  6. Grandma's Hands
  7. Oh No, Not My Baby
  8. Walk On In
  9. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  10. The Mighty Quinn - Brothers and Sisters
  11. Sho' Nuff
  12. Forget It I Got It
  13. Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow
  14. Suspicious Minds
  15. A Song For You
  16. Lift Every Voice and Sing (Black National Hymn)
  17. The Acid Queen - Merry Clayton / London Symphony Orchestra / London Chamber Choir

Product Description

The unmistakable voice of Merry Clayton - whose fiery vocal complemented Mick Jagger's lead on The Rolling Stones' immortal 'Gimme Shelter' in 1969 - is is front and center on The Best Of Merry Clayton, the first-ever compilation of Clayton's solo works. The timing is right to shine the spotlight on Clayton, with the forthcoming release of Twenty Feet From Stardom, a new feature-length documentary about backing vocalists like Clayton, who bought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives.

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So good to see a retrospective, albeit limited to the Ode years, of the great singer Merry Clayton. A shame we haven't been offered a more full retrospective, including tracks from later recordings Emotion and Miracles, the original of Gimme Shelter with the Rolling Stones, early stuff with The Sisters Love; and then there are a number of obscurities, like the tracks from Performance (Soundtrack) and Celebration. But the real disappointment here is that this Ode compilation doesn't include the standout recordings from her first 2 Ode albums - "Here Comes Those Heartaches Again", "I Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Away" (from Gimme Shelter) and "Same Old Story" and James Taylor's "Steamroller [Blues]" (from Merry Clayton) {also done by Hodges, James and Smith}. Most probably good to steer away from much of the 3rd album Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow - but I do like her version of Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35". I think a more comprehensive, more imaginative double CD complilation might be in order. Also boring liner notes from Warren Zanes - again a missed opportunity. But buy it - because she is fabulous! And another version of "A Song For You"!
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Remember that stunning female vocal on the Stones "Gimme Shelter"? Mick just stepped back and let Merry Clayton steal the show. What power, what feeling, such range!
I had forgotten all about her until she reappeared on the brilliant Oscar-winning film "Twenty feet from stardom" released in 2013. Merry tried for a solo career and gave it her best shot but somehow it was not to be. Our loss.
Here is a collection of her songs spanning several years. Every track has her trade-mark perfect precision and emotional control. The anger in her version of "Southern Man" is palpable. Her cover of the Bill Withers classic "Grandma's Hands" is heartfelt but not soppy.
"Bridge over Troubled Water" is a lovely song whoever does it. Clayton adds new wistfulness.
There are some surprising inclusions, "Suspicious Minds" was an unexpected pleasure.

Every track a winner, for me. I am so pleased that she has at last reached the wider audience she has always deserved. Her career has suddenly blossomed again. What a voice, she can still nail it.
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I recently started listening to Merry Clayton after watching "20 feet from Stardom" which I recommend - and led me to this album. Where have I been?? Strongly recommended.
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By Mike on 9 Jun. 2014
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A beautiful album with many really lovely tracks. Heard a couple on the radio and just had to search for an album with them on
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Wonderful music from a bygone age that probably went unnoticed at the time.
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Excellent product and service. Thank you!
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very pleasing very relaxing
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