Honey & Wine: Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection CD
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During the decade that bridged the first flowering of rock'n'roll and the rise of self-sufficient writer-performers such as Bob Dylan and the Beatles, the record charts were dominated by artists who, in the main, did not write their own material. At this time an exciting crop of talented young songwriters began to emerge.
Over the last couple of years Ace have built up an impressive series of songwriter-based compilations focusing on the work of Burt Bacharach, Jackie DeShannon, Randy Newman and the Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, Greenwich & Barry, Mann & Weil and Goffin & King teams.
"Honey & Wine" is Ace Records' second foray into the songbook of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, one of the most lauded songwriting partnerships of all-time. As with the earlier volume, the set includes familiar hits such as Maxine Brown's `Oh No Not My Baby', the Drifters' `Up On The Roof' and Gene McDaniels' `Point Of No Return', overlooked gems (Chuck Jackson's `I Need You', Jan & Dean's `The Best Friend I Ever Had' and `I Happen To Love You' by the Myddle Class, to name just three and new-to-CD rarities `Stage Door' by Peter James, `They're Jealous Of Me' by Connie Stevens and Carolyn Daye's `A Long Way To Be Happy'.
Compilation and notes by Mick Patrick and Tony Rounce
Volume One still available: CDCHD 1170
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It follows what has evolved into an established and wonderful formula.
A handful of well known, oustanding hits, some unreleased or obscure and unheard gems, and some unexpected and illuminative alternatives to well known tracks.
The CD features some particularly enjoyable soul sides, with tracks from Ben E King, perhaps the best interpreter of their material, Chuck Jackson and Freddie Scott from the boys, Maxine Brown, the Shirelles and a new (to me) release of a classic soul ballad by Tammie Montgomery (soon to be Terrell) from the girls. Thios is not to take away any credit from some fine pop sides from Gene Pitney, ther Turtles and Marianne Faithfull.
As always the sleeve notes are detailed and well researched, with references to how the tracks made their way from demo to symphony, and the sound is excellent.
Keep it going ACE, Van McCoy next?
Talk about lost opportunities-the original and far superior version of Honey & Wine is by the Back Porch Majority and a Hollies version is rather pointless-it wasn't even the first version issued in the UK-that was by A Fair Set.
Its not too far a stretch to figure out the song having failed for both the BPM and Glenn Yarborough was sent to England with a British group in mind where it was covered both by the Hollies and Wayne Fontana in both cases as an album track.Obviouly Goffin/King realised that British Beat was selling wordwide which is why Herman's Hermits Show Me Girl had no other known version
Virtually everything here is already on release many times on Ace's own CDs but it should have been made clear on the credits that the Rising Sons is NOT the Amy group who made You're my girl-but is Taj Mahal's Rising Sons
The Rising Sons are the real mystery-there is no info I can find on the Internet other than the Amy listing which gives 2 Rising Sons singles as You're My Girl and Try To Be A Man issued here on Stateside as both A sides on one single with the only other recording as by Tony Gallo & the Risings Sons on Swan issued on a Kent CD called The Northern Soul of Swan.
Having aready issued a version of You're My Girl by the Tokens on the Something Good CD the song was revived in the 70s by Randy & the Rainbows.
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