Mercy!/Seesaw

Mercy!/Seesaw

by Don Covay & the Goodtimers
     
 

In 2000, Koch reissued Don Covay's two classic mid-'60s albums, Mercy and See-Saw, on one tremendous CD. The term "classic" is thrown around haphazardly in pop music, but these are two sublime records that earn the term, even if they're not as roundly celebrated as platters from Otis Redding or even cult favorite See more details below

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In 2000, Koch reissued Don Covay's two classic mid-'60s albums, Mercy and See-Saw, on one tremendous CD. The term "classic" is thrown around haphazardly in pop music, but these are two sublime records that earn the term, even if they're not as roundly celebrated as platters from Otis Redding or even cult favorite James Carr. Though he racked up a number of singles on the R&B charts, he never had a huge crossover hit, but his music stands as some of the most effervescent, infectious soul of the '60s (not to mention that his vocal style was a clear inspiration to Mick Jagger). What makes his music so remarkable is how it's earthy Southern soul, kicking really hard in its rhythms and with plenty of growl in Covay's voice, but is as nimble, tuneful, and sunny as the sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit during the mid-'60s. Perhaps that's why he never quite got a huge single -- he straddled the two popular sounds without fully being part of either. It may have not resulted in big singles, but it resulted in splendid music. If there's not much difference stylistically between Mercy and See-Saw -- they're both pretty much cut from the same cloth -- there's also little difference in quality. It's all tremendous, enjoyable, sweet Southern soul. Razor & Tie's Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay provides the definitive overview, but for a pure concentration of Covay at his peak, this is irresistible and essential.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923818625
catalogNumber:
8186
Rank:
73700

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Tracks

  1. Mercy Mercy  - Don Covay
  2. I'll Be Satisfied  - Don Covay
  3. Come On In  - Don Covay
  4. Can't Stay Away  - Don Covay
  5. Can't Fight It Baby  - Don Covay
  6. You're Good For Me  - Don Covay
  7. Take This Hurt Off Me  - Don Covay
  8. Daddy Loves Baby  - Don Covay
  9. Come See About Me  - Don Covay
  10. You Must Believe Me  - Don Covay
  11. Please Don't Let Me Know  - Don Covay
  12. Just Because  - Don Covay
  13. See-Saw  - Don Covay
  14. The Boomerang  - Don Covay
  15. Everything Gonna Be Everything  - Don Covay
  16. Fat Man  - Don Covay
  17. Precious You  - Don Covay
  18. Iron Out The Rough Spots  - Don Covay
  19. Please Do Something  - Don Covay
  20. I Never Get Enough Of Your Love  - Don Covay
  21. The Usual Place  - Don Covay
  22. A Woman's Love  - Don Covay
  23. Sookie, Sookie  - Don Covay

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Covay & the Goodtimers   Primary Artist
Don Covay   Indexed Contributor
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Bob Bushnell   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Electric Bass
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Horace Ott   Piano
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Billy Butler   Guitar
Al Jackson   Drums
Goodtimers   Vocals
Dicky Harris   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dave Holland   Composer
Alex Brown   Composer
Tyran Carlo   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Sami McKinney   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
Horace Ott   Director,Producer
David Porter   Composer
Sun Ra   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
James Touchstone   Composer
Dave Nives   Reissue Producer
Marvin Phillips   Composer
Gwendolyn B. Gordy   Composer
Hubert Nelson   Composer
Michael O'Hara   Composer
Randolph   Composer
V. F. "Pappy" Stewart   Composer

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