The Best of Merry Clayton

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

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837396028
  • Catalog Number: 373960
  • Sales rank: 7,466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Southern Man (3:17)
  2. 2 Tell All the People (2:56)
  3. 3 Country Road (3:46)
  4. 4 After All This Time (3:11)
  5. 5 Gimme Shelter (3:32)
  6. 6 Grandma's Hands (3:30)
  7. 7 Oh No, Not My Baby (3:27)
  8. 8 Walk On In (2:45)
  9. 9 Bridge Over Troubled Water (5:49)
  10. 10 The Mighty Quinn - Brothers and Sisters (3:32)
  11. 11 Sho'nuff (2:47)
  12. 12 Forget It I Got It (2:54)
  13. 13 Keep Your Eyes On the Sparrow (2:54)
  14. 14 Suspicious Minds (3:59)
  15. 15 A Song For You (4:19)
  16. 16 Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing (Black National Hymn) (3:04)
  17. 17 The Acid Queen - London Chamber Choir (3:36)
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Album Credits

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
The 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
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
Mark Wilder Mastering
Billy Page Vocal Arrangements
Warren Zanes Liner Notes
Eric Weinbang Engineer
Henry Lewis Engineer
Joe Greene Composer
J. Rosamond Johnson Composer
Pete Townsend Composer
James Weldon Johnson Composer
Robby Krieger Composer
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