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  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0029F50KE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* Aretha Franklin ... Dusty Springfield ... the Hollies ... Walter Jackson ...Evie Sands ... Peggy Lee ... These are just some of the great artists included on "Wild Thing: The Songs Of Chip Taylor", the latest addition to our prestigious songwriter series. When performers of that calibre record your compositions, it's a sign you're doing something right.

* A frequent visitor to the UK, these days Chip belongs to the alt-country genre. Those who have heard the "King Rock'n'Roll" CD (CDCHD 975) will know that he began his career in the late 1950s as teenage rocker Wes Voight, his real name. But in the 1960s, in addition to a low profile recording career of his own, he very much specialised in writing songs for others.

* As with Ace's other writer-based collections, in addition to well-known songs ('I Can't Let Go', 'Angel Of The Morning', 'Picture Me Gone', etc) they have included some equally good but less famous numbers.

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Chip Taylor (aka Wes Voight, brother of the actor Jon) is best known in the UK for writing The Troggs' yokel-rocker 'Wild Thing' (Andover's sole contribution to rock history), but this is in many ways an anomaly. His real forte was in supplying songs for New York's 60s soul scene, and in this he probably had the edge over better-known contemporaries such as Mann & Weil, Goffin & King or Barry & Greenwich. The much-covered 'Angel of the Morning' (here in its US hit version by Merilee Rush) is the best known of these but soul fans will find plenty of other equally fantastic gems here. The only wrong notes for me are the last two tracks, which date from Taylor's unlikely 70s career (for a New Yorker) as a country artist in Nashville, but I guess they illustrate his versatility at least. Ace have released many great thematic compilations over the years but their 'Songwriter' series is one of the best, and 'The Songs of Chip Taylor' is the best volume so far. Buy it.
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Chip Taylor is one of the not so well known Brill Building songwriters. His typical work is mid-tempo soul with a country tinge. This CD is well put together by the excellent Ace Records, with Chip's own reflections and anecdotes. There are good vocal performances from the likes of Lorraine Ellison, Madeline Bell, Barbara Lewis, Reparata & the Delrons, and even Peggy Lee. Dusty Springfield is up to her usual standard, though Aretha Franklin, of all people, isn't. Licensing hassles meant that they couldn't get hold of the best recordings of Chip's favorite singer, Evie Sands, except for her great original version of the Hollies' UK No 1, I Can't Let Go. The Hollies make up for it with an unexpectedly good country number. But some of the best here are by largely unknown singers - check out tracks by Walter Jackson, Kathy McCord, Arthur & Mary, Debbie Rollins (like Ronnie Spector at her best), and Tina Mason (Any Way That You Want Me) - and Chip himself shows he can sing, despite the limited voice you hear on his YouTube clips.
The obvious songs are here, starting with The Troggs' Wild Thing. And of course the seminal Angel of the Morning - though sadly I've yet to hear a version that really nails this song. I rate Billie Davis's the best vocal, but with a too clever string arrangement, though omitting Chip's over-long ending - "...through the tears of the day...", a classic example of a songwriter not knowing when to stop writing. That mistake sadly isn't avoided by the version here, the merely-OK Merrilee Rush hit, complete with the fluffed line "I see no reason to take me home". (It's '..no need..', or you spoil the metre, and she does!)
But I'm nitpicking. This collection grows on you. You won't regret buying it.
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No-one wants to buy an album with a cover like this no matter how good the content!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 9 Aug. 2010
By Phillip J. Steer - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a household name among US songwriters of the 60's this collection demonstrates the diversity in music & styles that Taylor brought to the table. There is a soulful thread to many of these accessible pop songs that makes it a most enjoyable set. 'Wild Thing' is the most famous composition but, although distinctive, in my view is one of the weaker cuts & certainly atypical of the work represented here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE SONGS OF CHIP TAYLOR 12 July 2013
By Clarence Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Chips Taylor's story to be interesting. I didn't know his brother was Academy Award winnner Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie is his niece. Chips was accomplished in his own right. He wrote songs, very good songs like Wild Thing and Angel Of the Morning that are still played on radio today. Chips was a master songwriter able to create songs that crossed genres and appeal to all kinds of tastes. This retrospective from ACE features rock songs, blue eyed soul, country, folk songs - all written by Taylor alone and with others. Highlights- a sexy Peggy Lee recording of Sneakin' Up On You, Tina Mason's version of Any Way That You Want Me, which was recorded by Evie Sands, Welcome Home by Walter Jackson and the original demo of Storybook Children by Billy Vera and Nona Hendrix. However, when Storybook Children was released as a single, Hendrix had been replaced by Judy Clay.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for hardcore fans 20 Jan. 2016
By Ed in CT - Published on Amazon.com
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Not bad, but would have preferred a few more hit versions of songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Feb. 2015
By Theresa I. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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