I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996

I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996

by Doris Troy
     
 

As the chronological range in the title confirms, this is a career-spanning, 26-track anthology of the underrated soul singer. Not to its detriment, it does focus very much on the first decade of that career, with just five songs post-dating 1970. Considering that her best recordings were those she made in the mid-'60s (principally for Atlantic) and those issued by… See more details below

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As the chronological range in the title confirms, this is a career-spanning, 26-track anthology of the underrated soul singer. Not to its detriment, it does focus very much on the first decade of that career, with just five songs post-dating 1970. Considering that her best recordings were those she made in the mid-'60s (principally for Atlantic) and those issued by Apple Records in the early '70s, you'd get a better, more consistent listen by picking up a pair of other releases first, those being the Ichiban compilation Just One Look: The Best of Doris Troy (which contains 1963-1965 recordings) and the expanded CD reissue of her self-titled 1970 Apple album. In its favor, however, this does include material, some of it quite rare, not included on those compilations, like pre-"Just One Look" singles from the early '60s; Chuck Jackson hits on which she sang ("Tell Him I'm Not Home" and "Beg Me"); and her obscure 1967 Capitol single "Face Up to the Truth"/"He's Qualified." Of more importance, it also has the bulk of her best Atlantic recordings, including her sole hit "Just One Look"; "What'cha Gonna Do About It," covered by the Hollies; the majestic, anguished, orchestrated ballad "Heartaches"; the enchantingly sweet "Please Little Angel"; and the girl group-style "Tomorrow Is Another Day." Also here is the title cut, a Northern soul staple, and a fine girl group-ish effort done for Cameo-Parkway, "But I Love Him." However, the Apple period is lightly represented with just a couple cuts; not every quality mid-'60s recording is here (the propulsive "You'd Better Stop" being a particularly notable omission); and, if you want to get really arcane, one of her greatest vocals, the torrential "Kill Them All!" (from an early-'70s Italian film soundtrack), would have made a great addition that even many Troy fans are not aware of. It's also true that for all her talent, it's an uneven listen, gems like the aforementioned Atlantic cuts mixing with relatively pedestrian soul and R&B efforts. These are, admittedly, complaints particular to passionate, collector-oriented fans. As an overview of Troy's work (especially if you can't get the Ichiban anthology or Apple album), it's decent, including detailed liner notes based around a lengthy 1995 interview she gave about a decade before her death.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667234429
catalogNumber:
6723442

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Tracks

  1. I'll Do Anything (He Wants Me To Do)
  2. Face Up to the Truth
  3. Just One Look
  4. What'cha Gonna Do About It
  5. What a Night, Night, Night  -  Jay & Dee
  6. You Better Mind  - Doris Payne
  7. What a Wonderful Lover  - Doris Payne
  8. Tell Him I'm Not Home
  9. Tomorrow Is Another Day
  10. Lazy Days (When Are You Coming Home)
  11. Time
  12. But I Love Him
  13. Please Little Angel
  14. One More Chance
  15. Beg Me
  16. Hurry
  17. He Don't Belong to Me
  18. Heartaches
  19. He's Qualified
  20. Ain't That Cute
  21. You Tore Me Up Inside
  22. Don't Tell Your Mama
  23. Can't Hold On
  24. Smilin'/Let Me Make Love To You
  25. Hear Me Calling
  26. Take My Hand, Precious Lord

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doris Troy   Primary Artist
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Horace Ott   Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor
Steven Garrick   Conductor
Gregory Carroll   Conductor
Steve Sherlock   Conductor

Technical Credits

Eddie Floyd   Composer
George Harrison   Composer,Producer
Ian Green   Horn Arrangements
Dandy Livingstone   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Doris Troy   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Roger Armstrong   Producer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Rex Garvin   Composer
Miss Eddie Gayle   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Nick Martinelli   Producer
Sami McKinney   Composer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Doris Payne   Composer
Nick Robbins   Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Stan Green   Arranger
David Nathan   Producer,Liner Notes
Doc Bagby   Arranger
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Luther Dixon   Producer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Jo Armstead   Composer
James Hunter   Composer
Ray Schinnery   Composer
Kenny Moore   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Tony Bruno   Composer,Director
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Chris Towns   Composer
Sanford Bellini   Composer
Brenda Bruno   Composer
Rob Hughes   Liner Notes
John Davis   Arranger,Producer
Steven Garrick   Arranger
Phil Smithline   Producer
Vy Higginsen   Composer
Stuart Gardner   Composer
Larry Kusik   Composer
Walter Whisenhunt   Producer
Lenore Rosenblatt   Composer
Gregory Carroll   Composer
Victor Millrose   Composer
Tommy Sanderson   Composer
Irv Rothman   Producer
Sampson Horton   Composer
Jeffrey Moore   Composer

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