Mr. Heartache: The Best of the Columbia Recordings Plus!

Mr. Heartache: The Best of the Columbia Recordings Plus!

by Freddie Scott
     
 
Freddie Scott did a lot of recording for Columbia in what should have been the prime of his career. Yet his mid-'60s stint with the label was unsatisfactory from both the commercial and artistic angles. The 23-track Mr. Heartache, taken mostly from those Columbia recordings, thus shouldn't be considered as a best-of or close to it. All of his hits were recorded

Overview

Freddie Scott did a lot of recording for Columbia in what should have been the prime of his career. Yet his mid-'60s stint with the label was unsatisfactory from both the commercial and artistic angles. The 23-track Mr. Heartache, taken mostly from those Columbia recordings, thus shouldn't be considered as a best-of or close to it. All of his hits were recorded either just before (for Colpix) or just after (for Shout) his time at Columbia. While this CD does function as a good survey of his work for the label by drawing 19 songs from his Columbia singles and one of his two Columbia LPs (1967's Lonely Man, included here in its entirety), this material quite simply isn't as good as what he did elsewhere. Part of that shortfall is due to the arrangements, which tend toward the overly lush, as if they're uncertain whether Scott should be a soul or mainstream pop singer. That's also true to some extent of the material, which is the poppiest shade of New York soul, and not of great quality, despite contributions from notable writers like Van McCoy, Luther Dixon, and Scott himself. Scott's singing is reliably strong, but also falls a little between the cracks as far as carving out a territory of his own: one of the strongest tracks ("Lonely Man"), for instance, strongly recalls the Drifters and Ben E. King at their peaks, without coming too close to the hits those acts scored. King and Chuck Jackson, to take two examples, made more of an imprint with urbane soul than Scott could with these tunes, due both to better material and production. A few fairly decent songs ("Lonely Man," McCoy's "I'll Try Again," and "Mr. Heartache") highlight a patchy CD that's probably mostly for serious Scott fans, and also includes four oldies covers from his 1967 Shout LP Are You Lonely for Me? that were previously unreleased on CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667231428
catalogNumber:
314

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie Scott   Primary Artist
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Robert Mersey   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Freddie Scott   Composer
Dee Ervin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Bert Berns   Producer
Lor Crane   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger,Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Robert Mersey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Robert Mosely   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer,Producer
David Raksin   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger,Composer
Ed Silvers   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Diane Lampert   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Fred Briggs   Composer
Steve Venet   Composer
Dory Jones   Composer
Delmar Donnell   Composer
Dennis Garvey   Liner Notes

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