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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667231428
  • Catalog Number: 314
  • Sales rank: 158,345

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
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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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