Have Mercy! The Songs of Don Covay

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As influential as he was as a performer -- and he was, with Mick Jagger owing him a hefty debt -- Don Covay also had a considerable legacy as a songwriter, penning such legendary hits as Wilson Pickett's "Three Time Loser" and Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools," along with the soul standards "Mercy Mercy," "Long Tall Shorty," "See Saw," and "Sookie Sookie." Have Mercy! The Songs of Don Covay -- a 2012 release from Ace that belongs in their ongoing series of songs and productions from legendary artists -- rounds up 26 of these Covay compositions and, in their standard practice, they anchor the compilation with a couple of big hits namely the Pickett and Franklin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As influential as he was as a performer -- and he was, with Mick Jagger owing him a hefty debt -- Don Covay also had a considerable legacy as a songwriter, penning such legendary hits as Wilson Pickett's "Three Time Loser" and Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools," along with the soul standards "Mercy Mercy," "Long Tall Shorty," "See Saw," and "Sookie Sookie." Have Mercy! The Songs of Don Covay -- a 2012 release from Ace that belongs in their ongoing series of songs and productions from legendary artists -- rounds up 26 of these Covay compositions and, in their standard practice, they anchor the compilation with a couple of big hits namely the Pickett and Franklin numbers, plus Chubby Checker's "Pony Time", selecting some lesser-known versions of the aforementioned staples and digging up gems that rarely see circulation. Most of this lies firmly in southern soul territory, but there are enough oddities to keep this surprising: Connie Francis snaps her bubblegum on "Mr. Twister," Lena Horne brings some showbiz flair to "Love Bug," Arlene Smith gets bogged down in syrupy strings and corn on "Mon Cherie Au Revoir," Billy Fury is suitably melodramatic on "Letter Full of Tears," and Wanda Jackson takes her sandpaper to "There's a Party Goin' On," a blatant rewrite of "Let's Have a Party." These are the curiosities. The rest of the compilation offers a pretty perfect pairing of artist and song, whether it's the Wailers stomping on "Mercy Mercy" or Joe Tex easing through "She Said Yeah," and the diversity of the material here means all of Have Mercy! is a lasting testament to Covay's behind-the-stage strengths.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667050326
  • Catalog Number: 6705032
  • Sales rank: 88,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Time Loser - Wilson Pickett (2:21)
  2. 2 Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin (2:45)
  3. 3 You're Good for Me - Solomon Burke (2:49)
  4. 4 This Old Town (People in This Town) - The Staple Singers (4:39)
  5. 5 I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me - Little Richard (4:46)
  6. 6 Long Tall Shorty - Graham Bond Organisation (2:22)
  7. 7 There's a Party Goin' On - Wanda Jackson (2:03)
  8. 8 Pony Time - Chubby Checker (2:28)
  9. 9 Mercy, Mercy - The Wailers (2:47)
  10. 10 Mr. Twister - Connie Francis (2:08)
  11. 11 Love Bug - Lena Horne (2:12)
  12. 12 Don't Drive Me Away - Ben E. King (2:12)
  13. 13 Give - Mary Ann Fisher (2:20)
  14. 14 Letter Full of Tears - Billy Fury (2:30)
  15. 15 You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) - Jerry Butler (2:42)
  16. 16 Come See About Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2:48)
  17. 17 Shoes - Brook Benton (2:55)
  18. 18 Sookie Sookie - Tina Britt (3:08)
  19. 19 See Saw - Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers (3:28)
  20. 20 Kangaroo Hop - Dee Clark (2:18)
  21. 21 A Big Fat Saturday Night - Gene Vincent (2:00)
  22. 22 Mon Cherie au Revoir - Arlene Smith (3:12)
  23. 23 The Continental Walk - The Rollers (2:20)
  24. 24 I'm Gonna Take What He's Got - Etta James (2:34)
  25. 25 She Said Yeah - Joe Tex (3:26)
  26. 26 Watch the One Who Brings You the News - Millie Jackson (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Ellis Conductor
Arif Mardin Conductor
Garry Sherman Conductor
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Dave Appell Producer
Cliff Bennett Producer
Dee Clark Composer
Don Covay Composer
John Berry Composer
Herb Abramson Composer
Roger Armstrong Illustrations
Al Bell Producer
Willie Bridges Arranger
Charles Calello Arranger
Calvin Carter Producer
Ray Ellis Arranger, Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Paul Griffin Composer
Peter Guralnick Liner Note Source
Rick Hall Arranger, Producer
Kal Mann Producer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer
Arnold Maxin Producer
Johnny Nash Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Horace Ott Arranger, Composer
David Paramor Producer
Ivor Raymonde Music Direction
Nick Robbins Mastering
Marshall Sehorn Producer
Brad Shapiro Producer
Garry Sherman Arranger
George Soulé Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Jon Tiven Photo Courtesy, Foreword
Billy Vera Liner Note Source
Jerry Wexler Producer
Juggy Murray Producer
David Nathan Liner Note Source
Bill Dahl Liner Note Source
Gerri Hirshey Liner Note Source
Alec Palao Illustrations
Rob Bowman Liner Note Source
Dave Crawford Producer
Ewart Abner Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Peter Gibbon Illustrations
Bobby Robinson Producer
Malcolm Baumgart Liner Notes, Illustrations, Photo Courtesy
Seamus McGarvey Liner Note Source
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Illustrations
Jason Ankeny Liner Note Source
Brian Smith Photo Courtesy
Mark Lewis Composer
Marv Goldberg Liner Note Source
Ronnie Miller Composer
Colm O'Brien Memorabilia
William Emerson Composer
Mike Smith Producer
Dave Walters Photo Courtesy
Roger Stewart Memorabilia
Snuff Garrett Producer
Charles White Liner Note Source
Marvin Podd Liner Note Source
Pete Hoppula Liner Note Source
Vernon Lloyd Producer
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