Genius of Clyde McPhatter

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Clyde McPhatter possessed one of the most powerful voices of any R&B performer of his generation, and he could seemingly twist it in any direction he chose -- McPhatter sounded gloriously lascivious when he sang a sexy number like "That's What You're Doing to Me," heart-tugging and forlorn on weepers like "These Foolish Things," and like the baddest cat on the block when he took on a rocker like "Money Honey." McPhatter was also a key member of two of the most important R&B acts of the 1950s, Billy Ward & His Dominoes and the Drifters, before striking out on his own as a solo act. McPhatter's trail-blazing career certainly merits the box set treatment, or at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Clyde McPhatter possessed one of the most powerful voices of any R&B performer of his generation, and he could seemingly twist it in any direction he chose -- McPhatter sounded gloriously lascivious when he sang a sexy number like "That's What You're Doing to Me," heart-tugging and forlorn on weepers like "These Foolish Things," and like the baddest cat on the block when he took on a rocker like "Money Honey." McPhatter was also a key member of two of the most important R&B acts of the 1950s, Billy Ward & His Dominoes and the Drifters, before striking out on his own as a solo act. McPhatter's trail-blazing career certainly merits the box set treatment, or at very least a career-inclusive compilation CD, and The Genius of Clyde McPhatter unfortunately isn't that disc However, it does offer some potent highlights from his tenure with the Dominoes seven tunes, including the wild "Have Mercy, Baby" and the bizarre "The Bells" and 20 great songs with McPhatter fronting the Drifters, adding up to as good an introduction to the man's work as you're likely to find. What's most impressive about this collection is how consistently strong McPhatter sounds regardless of his context. The ethereal holiday tunes "White Christmas" and "The Bells of St. Mary's" prove the man never lost touch with his gospel roots, while "Whatcha Gonna Do" and "Three Thirty Three" make it clear he could handle worldly matters just as well as the sacred. And for sheer show-stopping theatrics, "Gone" and "Warm Your Heart" show that McPhatter was perhaps the only performer who could match Jackie Wilson at his own game. The Genius of Clyde McPhatter isn't the last word in this great artist's body of work, but it's a dazzling single-disc overview of his salad days, and anyone who hasn't treated himself to the glory of his tenor needs to give this a spin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • EAN: 5013929439221
  • Catalog Number: 92

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do Something for Me - Billy Ward (3:04)
  2. 2 I Am With You - Billy Ward (3:11)
  3. 3 That's What You're Doing With Me - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (2:24)
  4. 4 Have Mercy Baby - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (2:22)
  5. 5 I'd Be Satisfied - Billy Ward (1:56)
  6. 6 The Bells - Billy Ward (3:16)
  7. 7 These Foolish Things Remind Me of You - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (3:07)
  8. 8 Money Honey - The Drifters (2:58)
  9. 9 The Way I Feel - The Drifters (2:46)
  10. 10 Such a Night - The Drifters (2:30)
  11. 11 Lucille - The Drifters (3:04)
  12. 12 Honey Love - The Drifters (2:25)
  13. 13 Warm Your Heart - The Drifters (2:46)
  14. 14 Bip Bam - The Drifters (2:46)
  15. 15 Someday You'll Want Me to Want You - The Drifters (2:53)
  16. 16 The Bells of St. Mary's - The Drifters (2:40)
  17. 17 White Christmas - The Drifters (2:39)
  18. 18 What'cha Gonna Do - The Drifters (2:46)
  19. 19 Gone - The Drifters (2:40)
  20. 20 Hot Ziggety - The Drifters (2:32)
  21. 21 Everyone's Laughing - The Drifters (2:53)
  22. 22 Try Try Baby - The Drifters (2:38)
  23. 23 There You Go - The Drifters (2:40)
  24. 24 Don't Dog Me - The Drifters (2:32)
  25. 25 Let the Boogie Woogie Roll - The Drifters (2:50)
  26. 26 If I Didn't Love You Like I Do - The Drifters (2:24)
  27. 27 Three-Thirty-Three - The Drifters (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clyde McPhatter Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Clyde McPhatter Composer
Lincoln Chase Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Terry Parker Composer
Dave Penny Producer, Annotation
Nick Robbins Recreation
Winfield Scott Composer
Billy Ward Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Jack Strachey Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Rose Marks Composer
Emmett Adams Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Andy Morten Artwork
Jimmie Hodges Composer
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