Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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
ock 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667029827
  • Catalog Number: 1170
  • Sales rank: 15,636

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry Goffin Primary Artist
Chuck Sagle Conductor
Bill Justis Conductor
Alan Lorber Conductor
Ernie Freeman Conductor
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Bill Baker [5] Conductor
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Carole King Composer
Dusty Springfield Producer
Ralph Burns String Conductor
Bill Medley Producer
Jerry Riopelle Producer
David Axelrod Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer, Producer, Author
Jimmy Horowitz Music Direction
Bill Justis Arranger
Jerry Leiber Producer
Alan Lorber Arranger
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Producer
Teddy Randazzo Arranger
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Jerry Ross Producer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Al Capps Arranger
Calvin Carter Producer
Tom Catalano Producer
Don Costa Producer
Frank Day Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Jim Economides Producer
Ernie Freeman Arranger
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Dick Glasser Producer
Al Kasha Producer
Jack Keller Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Joe Saraceno Producer
Garry Sherman Arranger
Mike Stoller Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Tom Wilson Producer
John Franz Producer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
Bill Baker [5] Arranger
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