Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection

Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection

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Like songwriter team-oriented compilations that Ace has produced for Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman and Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller, this anthology of 26 tracks penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King mixes a few famous hits with a bunch of items that are much more off the beaten path. It's a mixed, if overall worthwhile, blessing. For it's not the place to start if you want the best and most famous work in the Goffin-King catalog, missing the biggest covers of their compositions by the Shirelles, Little Eva, Bobby Vee, Herman's Hermits, Manfred Mann, the Chiffons, the Everly Brothers, and others. On the other hand, for those who already have those hits several times over in their collections, it's a good place to pick up '60s recordings of many of their lesser-known songs, with a few smashes (particularly Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and the Animals' "Don't Bring Me Down") sprinkled in. The downside is that most of the songs, with some exceptions like the aforementioned pair, simply aren't as good or memorable as Goffin-King's most famous classics. But there are some very good tunes here, including a few that were small hits, like Tony Orlando's "Halfway to Paradise," Betty Everett's rousing soul-popper "I Can't Hear You," and the Tokens' "He's in Town" (which the Rockin' Berries made a much bigger hit in Britain). Also of note are oddities like the Crickets' "Don't Ever Change," a hit only in the U.K. (where the Beatles covered it in 1963 on the BBC), Bobby Vee's rare "The Idol" (a theme song for a 1962 TV documentary), and Dusty Springfield's version of "Wasn't Born to Follow" (a song much more renowned as done by the Byrds). Skeeter Davis' wonderful "Let Me Get Close to You" sounds like it should have been a big hit, but to be honest, most of the relatively unfamiliar tracks here simply aren't in the same league, though many have excellent period '60s pop
ock production. That's even the case when stars like the Drifters, the Chiffons, Lenny Welch, Bobby Rydell, the Righteous Brothers, and the Everly Brothers take a crack at something, though Jackie DeShannon's girl group-flavored "Heaven Is Being with You" and P.J. Proby's Righteous Brothers-like "I Can't Make It Alone" are well worth hearing. Still, the CD's a smartly chosen sampling of material for those who want to hear more Goffin-King compositions than what's most commonly available, with excellent liner notes covering both the composers' early careers and these specific recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2007
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667029827
catalogNumber: 1170
Rank: 50700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerry Goffin   Primary Artist
Chuck Sagle   Conductor
Bill Justis   Conductor
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Ernie Freeman   Conductor
Sammy Lowe   Conductor
Bill Baker [5]   Conductor

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Carole King   Composer
Dusty Springfield   Producer
Ralph Burns   String Conductor
Bill Medley   Producer
Jerry Riopelle   Producer
David Axelrod   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer,Producer,Author
Jimmy Horowitz   Music Direction
Bill Justis   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Teddy Randazzo   Arranger
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Capps   Arranger
Calvin Carter   Producer
Tom Catalano   Producer
Don Costa   Producer
Frank Day   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Jim Economides   Producer
Ernie Freeman   Arranger
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
Dick Glasser   Producer
Kasha   Producer
Jack Keller   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Joe Saraceno   Producer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Tom Wilson   Producer
John Franz   Producer
Sammy Lowe   Arranger
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Bill Baker [5]   Arranger
Jerry Ross   Producer

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