Lover Please: The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles

Lover Please: The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles

by Clyde McPhatter
     
 

Clyde McPhatter jumped ship from Atlantic Records in 1959, persuaded by a hefty advance to sign with MGM Records. MGM was pouring time and money into reaching a rock & roll audience and McPhatter, riding high on solo hits like "A Lover's Question" and his dynamite leads for the Drifters, seemed like a sure bet but things didn't quite work…  See more details below

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Clyde McPhatter jumped ship from Atlantic Records in 1959, persuaded by a hefty advance to sign with MGM Records. MGM was pouring time and money into reaching a rock & roll audience and McPhatter, riding high on solo hits like "A Lover's Question" and his dynamite leads for the Drifters, seemed like a sure bet but things didn't quite work out that way, as the light, string-laden numbers Clyde sung for MGM didn't storm the charts. The label let him go and he went to Mercury where he recorded consistently, finally scoring a genuine Top 10 hit in 1962 with Billy Swan's "Lover Please" before once again finding himself on the outside looking in. Hip-O Select's excellent double-disc set Lover Please: The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles is the first extensive chronicle of these post-Atlantic recordings containing every side of every single he recorded for the two labels between 1959 and 1965. If the quality of these 44 songs are certainly more inconsistent than McPhatter's classic Atlantic sides, blame it partially on MGM pushing him toward lightweight pop numbers that couldn't quite be saved by Clyde's vocals. He had a few songs at MGM that provided him a proper showcase -- the lively "Twice as Nice," his slow bluesy original "When the Right Time Comes Along" is very good and he soars on "The Glory of Love" -- but generally the arrangements were too syrupy and the songs too sweet for them to stick. Often, his Mercury singles were also recorded with a pop audience in mind but producers Clyde Odis and Shelby Singleton keep things light, which helps quite a bit on the frivolous numbers. And that's what McPhatter was often given to sing at Mercury -- sprightly pop songs, slow dance tunes and supperclub soul, all produced and performed impeccably but often not memorable outside of McPhatter's vocals which remain wonderous even on the generic. Fortunately, he didn't just sing the generic on Mercury, he was given some cracking tunes like "Lover Please," a jumping rocker he didn't want to record but provided him with one of his best singles. The singles he cut after "Lover Please" tended to have a greater variety of styles and sounds with the sleek uptown sound paying the greatest dividends commercially and artistically: he had a minor hit with the "Spanish Harlem" rewrite "Deep in the Heart of Harlem" and had his last R&B hit with the terrific "Crying Won't Help You Now." The latter suggests that McPhatter may have had greater luck in the latter half of the '60s, after Motown illustrated how pop crossover could be done without losing a soulful groove, but the cards didn't break that way for Clyde: once he left Atlantic, he was stuck in a time where an R&B star of his magnitude had hopes of crossing over and while that might not have always made for compelling music, it's hard not to listen to the singles on Lover Please and not marvel at McPhatter's pure talent, even if you do wonder what might have been.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602527371375
catalogNumber:
001423302
Rank:
86436

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Told Myself a Lie
  2. (I'm Afraid) the Masquerade is Over
  3. Twice As Nice
  4. Where Did I Make My Mistake
  5. Let's Try Again
  6. Bless You
  7. Think Me a Kiss
  8. When the Right Time Comes Along
  9. One Right After Another
  10. This is Not Goodbye
  11. The Glory of Love
  12. Take a Step
  13. Ta Ta
  14. I Ain't Giving Up Nothing (If I Can't Get Somethin' From You)
  15. I Just Want To Love You
  16. You're For Me
  17. One More Chance
  18. Before I Fall In Love Again (I'll Count To Ten)
  19. Tomorrow is a-Comin'
  20. I'll Love You till the Cows Come Home
  21. Whole Heap of Love
  22. You're Moving Me

Disc 2

  1. I Never Knew
  2. Happiness
  3. Same Time, Same Place
  4. Your Second Choice
  5. Lover Please
  6. Let's Forget About the Past
  7. Little Bitty Pretty One
  8. Next To Me
  9. Maybe
  10. I Do Believe
  11. The Best Man Cried
  12. Stop
  13. So Close To Being In Love
  14. From One To One
  15. Deep In the Heart of Harlem
  16. Happy Good Times
  17. Second Window, Second Floor
  18. In My Tenement
  19. Lucille
  20. Baby, Baby
  21. Crying Won't Help You
  22. I Found My Love

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clyde McPhatter   Primary Artist
Chuck Sagle   Conductor
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar,Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Clyde McPhatter   Composer
Gene Pitney   Composer
Freddie Scott   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Billy Swan   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Paul Hampton   Composer
Stan Applebaum   Arranger
Ray Ellis   Arranger,Producer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Jack Keller   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Arranger,Composer
Buddy Killen   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer,Producer
Reuben Phillips   Orchestra Leader
Jimmy Radcliffe   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Frederick Tobias   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer,Producer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Joe Seneca   Composer
Jimmy Oliver   Composer
Robert Byrd   Composer
Margie Singleton   Composer
Clint Ballard   Composer
Robert Riley   Composer
Carl Spencer   Composer
Ray Stanley   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Ruth Batchelor   Composer
Cirino Colacrai   Composer
Dee Erwin   Composer
Larry Kolber   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
Bob Roberts   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Arthur Resnick   Composer
William J. Hill   Composer
Estelle Loring   Composer
Larry Kusik   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Laurence Weiss   Composer
Billy Dawn Smith   Composer
Teresa Tsuzaki   Licensing
Joy Kennedy   Composer
Edna Lewis-Williams   Composer
Connie St. John   Composer

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