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Best of Merry Clayton
     

The Best of Merry Clayton

by Merry Clayton
 
If Merry Clayton's name is known at all it is as the female voice on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," the singer who wails the "Rape, Murder/It's just a shot away!" and threatens to overshadow Mick Jagger. That alone is enough to make a career, but the rest of what Clayton achieved has been lost to

Overview

If Merry Clayton's name is known at all it is as the female voice on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," the singer who wails the "Rape, Murder/It's just a shot away!" and threatens to overshadow Mick Jagger. That alone is enough to make a career, but the rest of what Clayton achieved has been lost to time, which is why Legacy's 2013 compilation The Best of Merry Clayton is so necessary: it shines a spotlight on her solo recordings, particularly her two albums for Ode, Gimme Shelter and Merry Clayton which were released in 1970 and 1971, respectively. Almost everything here comes from those two LPs; the exceptions are a version of "The Mighty Quinn" recorded with the Brothers and Sisters, a single of "Suspicious Minds" from 1972, a version of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" from the 1970 soundtrack to Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud, and one stray track from her 1975 gospel album Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow. Much of this finds Clayton singing robust renditions of rock standards from the '60s and early '70s: she revisits "Gimme Shelter," immerses herself in "Southern Man," turns "Bridge Over Troubled Water" into something deceptively funky, throws herself into "Suspicious Minds," mines deep feeling in Leon Russell's "A Song for You," and gives "Oh No, Not My Baby" a luxuriously slow treatment. Each of these captures Clayton's skills, as do the lesser-known songs here, where producer Lou Adler gives her a slick, funky, professional backing that lets her stretch the limits of her voice. Throughout it all, Clayton's gift is impressive, and if she never quite manages to develop an identity of her own -- which may be part of the reason she never had a hit back in the early '70s -- it's nevertheless a highly enjoyable slice of crossover period R&B, music that's rooted in deep southern soul but has an appealing show biz gloss.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2013
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888837396028
catalogNumber:
373960

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Performance Credits

Merry Clayton   Primary Artist,Voices
Sandra Crouch   Percussion
Carole King   Keyboards,Voices
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Curtis Amy   Saxophone,Soloist,Help
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Joe Sample   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Paul Humphrey   Drums
David T. Walker   Guitar
Louie Shelton   Guitar
David Cohen   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Wilton Felder   Electric Bass
Patrice Holloway   Voices
Clarence McDonald   Keyboards
David Measham   Conductor
Jerry Peters   Voices
Bobbye Porter   Percussion
Bob West   Bass
King Erisson   Conga
Orville 'Red' Rhodes   Guitar
James Cleveland Choir   Voices
Abigail Harness   Voices

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Carole King   Arranger,Composer
Billy Preston   Arranger,Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Gary Wright   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Mark James   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Composer
Lou Adler   Director,Producer,Photo Courtesy
Morgan Ames   Composer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Gary King   Arranger
Marty Paich   String Arrangements
Eugene McDaniels   Producer
Jerry Peters   Arranger
Lou Reizner   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Billy Page   Vocal Arrangements
Warren Zanes   Liner Notes
Eric Weinbang   Engineer
Joe Greene   Composer
J. Rosamond Johnson   Composer
James Weldon Johnson   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Henry Lewis   Engineer

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