Honey and Wine: Another Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the previous Ace compilation A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967, this CD has 26 vintage recordings of Goffin & King compositions, this one spanning the early '60s to the early '70s. And like its predecessor, it mixes familiar smash hits with rarities and obscure versions of songs that might be more familiar as interpreted by different artists. That guarantees a certain unevenness, but for anyone interested in Goffin & King or the Brill Building in general, it's a very good group of songs overall, illustrating varying facets of the team's songwriting genius. It's true that the big classic hits here -- the Drifters' "Up on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the previous Ace compilation A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967, this CD has 26 vintage recordings of Goffin & King compositions, this one spanning the early '60s to the early '70s. And like its predecessor, it mixes familiar smash hits with rarities and obscure versions of songs that might be more familiar as interpreted by different artists. That guarantees a certain unevenness, but for anyone interested in Goffin & King or the Brill Building in general, it's a very good group of songs overall, illustrating varying facets of the team's songwriting genius. It's true that the big classic hits here -- the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," Maxine Brown's "Oh No, Not My Baby," Gene McDaniels' "Point of No Return," the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and Gene Pitney's "Every Breath That I Take" -- overshadow most of the rest of the tracks. But some of the rarer cuts are almost as good, foremost among them the Hollies' brooding, grooving "Honey & Wine," one of the group's best mid-'60s non-45 efforts; the Myddle Class' sinister "I Happen to Love You," one of the finest '60s garage-pop singles; the Rising Sons' (with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder) version of "Take a Giant Step," more famous as done by the Monkees; Peter James' "Stage Door" (perhaps more familiar to collectors in the rendition by ex-Searchers member Tony Jackson), which sounds like it might have been a suitable tune for Gene Pitney to do; Chuck Jackson's minor hit soul ballad "I Need You"; and Marianne Faithfull's "Is This What I Get for Loving You," for which Phil Spector (who produced the original version by the Ronettes) also got a songwriting credit. You also get the original version of "Go Away Little Girl," by Bobby Vee (though it took Steve Lawrence to make it a hit), and Jody Miller's little-known cover of one of Goffin & King's strangest compositions, "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" (originally done by the Crystals). If much of the rest of the CD has an also-ran feeling, it's seldom less than interesting, including Goffin & King songs by notable artists such as Barbara Lewis, Ben E. King, Jan & Dean, Freddie Scott, Nancy Wilson, and the Turtles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667035729
  • Catalog Number: 1216
  • Sales rank: 37,030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Every Breath I Take (2:45)
  2. 2 Oh No, Not My Baby - Maxine Brown (2:36)
  3. 3 Up on the Roof - The Drifters (2:36)
  4. 4 Not Just Tomorrow, But Always (2:43)
  5. 5 Tell Daddy (2:40)
  6. 6 He Knows I Love Him Too Much (2:27)
  7. 7 Point of No Return (2:15)
  8. 8 The Best Friend I Ever Had (1:52)
  9. 9 Make the Night a Little Longer (2:34)
  10. 10 Go Away Little Girl - Bobby Vee (2:13)
  11. 11 Brand New World (2:23)
  12. 12 They're Jealous of Me (2:39)
  13. 13 I Need You - Chuck Jackson (3:10)
  14. 14 That Boy I Used to Know (2:36)
  15. 15 Stage Door - Peter James (2:30)
  16. 16 He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss) - Jody Miller (2:28)
  17. 17 Don't Forget About Me - Barbara Lewis (2:31)
  18. 18 Pleasant Valley Sunday (3:07)
  19. 19 A Long Way to Be Happy - Carolyn Daye (2:28)
  20. 20 Honey & Wine (2:28)
  21. 21 Take a Giant Step - Rising Sons (2:55)
  22. 22 Is This What I Get for Loving You (3:52)
  23. 23 Child of Mine (3:30)
  24. 24 I Happen to Love You (2:51)
  25. 25 So Goes Love - The Turtles (2:37)
  26. 26 No Easy Way Down - Nancy Wilson (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Artie Butler Conductor
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Garry Sherman Conductor
Phil Wright Conductor
David Whittaker Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Producer
Carole King Arranger, Composer
David Gates Arranger
Gerry Goffin Composer, Producer
Terry Melcher Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Billy Strange Arranger
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Lou Adler Producer
Bert Berns Producer
Jan Berry Arranger, Producer
Artie Butler Arranger
Calvin Carter Producer
David Cavanaugh Producer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Don Costa Producer
Ernie Freeman Arranger
Ken Friedman Illustrations
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Arthur Greenslade Music Direction
Bones Howe Producer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Chips Moman Producer
Andrew Loog Oldham Producer
Ron Richards Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Garry Sherman Arranger
Steve Tyrell Producer
Stan Green Producer
Douglas Farthing Hatlelid Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Illustrations
Alec Palao Illustrations
Jim Pierson Illustrations
Luther Dixon Producer
Phil Wright Arranger
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Illustrations
Rob Hughes Illustrations
David Whittaker Arranger
Michael Randolph Cover Photo
Eddie Martin Arranger
David Allen Young Illustrations
Eric Charge Illustrations
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