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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 099923818625
  • Catalog Number: 8186
  • Sales rank: 74,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mercy Mercy - Don Covay (2:26)
  2. 2 I'll Be Satisfied - Don Covay (3:17)
  3. 3 Come On In - Don Covay (2:19)
  4. 4 Can't Stay Away - Don Covay (2:51)
  5. 5 Can't Fight It Baby - Don Covay (2:51)
  6. 6 You're Good For Me - Don Covay (3:30)
  7. 7 Take This Hurt Off Me - Don Covay (2:31)
  8. 8 Daddy Loves Baby - Don Covay (2:22)
  9. 9 Come See About Me - Don Covay (3:24)
  10. 10 You Must Believe Me - Don Covay (2:37)
  11. 11 Please Don't Let Me Know - Don Covay (2:26)
  12. 12 Just Because - Don Covay (3:26)
  13. 13 See-Saw - Don Covay (3:00)
  14. 14 The Boomerang - Don Covay (2:03)
  15. 15 Everything Gonna Be Everything - Don Covay (2:33)
  16. 16 Fat Man - Don Covay (2:35)
  17. 17 Precious You - Don Covay (2:43)
  18. 18 Iron Out The Rough Spots - Don Covay (2:56)
  19. 19 Please Do Something - Don Covay (2:51)
  20. 20 I Never Get Enough Of Your Love - Don Covay (2:46)
  21. 21 The Usual Place - Don Covay (2:08)
  22. 22 A Woman's Love - Don Covay (2:37)
  23. 23 Sookie, Sookie - Don Covay (2:45)
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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 Jr. Drums
The Goodtimers Vocals
Dicky Harris Trombone
Technical Credits
Dave Holland Composer
Alex Brown Composer
Tyran Carlo Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. 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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