Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Goffin & King - Hung On You. More From The Gerry Goffin & Carole King Songbook (@320)

 


Hung on You: More from the Gerry Goffin & Carole King Songbook Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

A sequel to Ace's two previous Gerry Goffin & Carole King songbook collections -- the first, Goffin & King: A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967, arrived in 2007, while Something Good: From the Goffin & King Songbook, came in 2012 -- Hung on You: More from the Gerry Goffin & Carole King Songbook covers the same era as its predecessors: the '60s, when Goffin & King were reliable hitmakers and one of the few Brill Building teams to ease into the late '60s without a hitch. Hits aren't the order of the day on Hung on You, though. The success of the two prior Goffin & King songbooks allows compiler Mick Patrick to dig deep into the songwriters' repertoire, selecting songs that weren't hits; in fact, the only readily recognizable featured song is "That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)," here performed by Dusty Springfield in 1969 but also associated with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Many familiar names fill out the 26 tracks -- the Righteous Brothers, the Shirelles, Dion, the Drifters, all acts who had hits with Goffin & King songs -- and even though there's a heavy dose of girl groups and dramatic Brill Building pop, there's also a bit of variety here, with the Tokens dipping their toe into psychedelia and Hearts and Flowers opting for cosmic folk-rock. Nevertheless, the bulk of Hung on You is built upon the classic pop traditions of the '60s, one that placed emphasis on craft both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone, a value system that this compilation justly celebrates through its conspicuous lack of hits.

Tracklist:

1. The Righteous Brothers - Hung On You (3:22)

2. Dusty Springfield - That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho) (2:57)

3. The Hearts & Flowers - Road To Nowhere (3:28)

4. Skeeter Davis - Don't Let Me Stand In Your Way (2:24)

5. The Honey Bees - You Turn Me On Boy (2:35)

6. The Shirelles - What A Sweet Thing That Was (2:29)

7. The Cookies - Will Power (2:32)

8. Dion - This Little Girl (2:37)

9. The Clovers - The Sheik (2:29)

10. Tony Orlando - Am I The Guy (2:27)

11. The Hondells - Show Me Girl (2:09)

12. Bobby Vee - Sharing You (2:02)

13. The Drifters - When My Little Girl Is Smiling (2:27)

14. Earl-Jean - Randy (2:12)

15. Walter Jackson - Anything Can Happen (2:21)

16. Theola Kilgore - It's Gonna Be Alright (2:45)

17. Freddie Scott - Where Does Love Go (2:57)

18. Little Eva - Please Hurt Me (2:47)

19. Henry Alston - So Many Lonely People (2:32)

20. Connie Stevens - Don't You Want To Love Me (2:50)

21. The Orlons - Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (2:27)

22. The Crystals - No One Ever Tells You (2:19)

23. Truly Smith - The Boy From Chelsea (2:29)

24. The Tokens - Snow Queen (3:00)

25. The American Breed - Sometime In The Morning (2:19)

26. The Countrymen - So This Is How It Feels (2:13)

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