Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Don Covay - The REAL Mick Jagger

Although best known as the composer of numerous R&B standards, Don Covay's voice should be familiar to almost everyone on Earth since a Rolling Stone has been using it for the last fifty years. The first time I heard Covay's You're Good For Me, it was the greatest Jagger impersonation I'd ever heard - but that was back when I was young and uninformed, some months ago. Anyway, here is yet another exhaustive singles compilation to satisfy a persistent personal need, this one covering two decades. Little Richard's one-time chauffeur has definitely been around the block a time or two, from doo-wop to black rockabilly to dance craze novelties to classic Atlantic R&B to sixties revival blues to slick Philly disco to Ohio Players funk. Selections have been scrounged from vinyl and CD as well as numerous YouTube posts with bitrates likely to drive sensitive listeners crazy. In addition to early singles as Pretty Boy (Penniman's term of endearment) and stuff released under Covay's own name, here are covers by Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Wanda Jackson, Hank Ballard, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Otis Clay and The Staple Singers. So far I've been unable to access three 45s
Standing In The Doorway/I'm Lonely Too - Blaze 350
You're Good For Me/Truth Of The Light - Landa 704
Back To The Roots Pt. 1/Pt. 2 - U-Von 101
and would be overjoyed to hear from anybody out there who'd like to share them. So this is a fairly complete singles collection with a few exemplary album tracks, although thirty-three tunes have been banished to an outtakes reel. Jimi Hendrix appears on both sides of Rosemart 801 as well as Little Richard's amazing I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me), while Wilson Pickett's I'm Gonna Cry (Cry Baby) features Ohio Untouchables guitarist Robert Ward and his trusty Magnatone. I sincerely regret that this is not an official compilation, with extensive liner notes and rare photos, which might give the aging, ailing master a little cash. I salute him and wish him well and hope he doesn't mind me putting all this treasure out there. (RIP January 30, 2015.)

The REAL Mick Jagger - Don Covay @ 45Tours 1957-76
01 (Pretty Boy) Bip Bop Bip (Perri/Covay/Pedas) - Atlantic 1147a 1957
02 (Pretty Boy) Paper Dollar (?) - Atlantic 1147b 1957
03 Believe It Or Not (Randolph/Murray) - Sue 709a 1958
04 Betty Jean (?) Sue 709b 1958
05 (Pretty Boy) Switchen In The Kitchen (Covay) - Big 617a 1958
06 (Pretty Boy) Mary (Ting-A-Ling) (Covay) - Norton EP-118 2004
07 (Pretty Boy) Rockin' The Mule (Prosen) - Big 617b 1958
08 Wanda Jackson - There's A Party Goin' On (Covay/Berry) 1958
09 Ooh My Soul (Penniman) - Firefly 313b 1958
10 I'm Comin' Down With The Blues (Covay) - Big Top 3060b 1960
11 Pony Time (Covay/Berry) - Arnold 1002a 1961
12 Twistin' Train (Covay/Berry) - Epic 9484b 1961
13 Shake Wid The Shake (Covay/Berry) - Columbia 41981a 1961
14 Gladys Knight - A Letter Full Of Tears (Covay) 1961
15 Hank Ballard - The Continental Walk (Conrad/Covay/Ballard/Berry) 1961
16 Big Charlie & His Lemon Twisters - Twist It Up (Berry/Covay) 1961
17 Every Which A-Way (Covay/Berry) - Columbia 41981b 1961
18 See About Me (Covay/Porter) - Columbia 42058a 1961
19 Where Are You (Now That I Need You) (Frank Loesser) - Columbia 42197a 1961
20 Teen Life Swag (Randolph) - Columbia 42197b 1961
21 Solomon Burke - I'm Hanging Up My Heart (Covay/Berry) 1962
22 Sam Cooke - Hold On (Covay/Berry) 1962
23 One Little Boy Had Money (Mann/Appell) - Cameo 239b 1962
24 Do The Bug (Mann/Appell) - Cameo 251b
25 Jerry Butler - You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) (Covay/Dennison) 1962
26 Dee Clark - I'm Goin' Home (Covay) 1963
27 Tommy Tucker - Long Tall Shorty (Covay/Abramson) 1964
28 Wilson Pickett - I'm Gonna Cry (Cry Baby) (Covay/Pickett) 1964
29 Shirelles - Doomsday (Covay/Abramson) 1964
30 Turn It On (Jackson/Covay/Wisner) - Parkway 910b 1964
31 Mercy, Mercy (Covay/Miller) - Rosemart 801a 1964
32 Can't Stay Away (Covay/Ott) - Rosemart 801b 1964
33 Take This Hurt Off Me (Covay/Miller) - Rosemart 802a 1964
34 Please Don't Let Me Know (Terry/Smith) - Rosemart 802b 1964
35 Can't Fight It Baby (Covay/Ott) - Atlantic SD 8104 1965
36 You Must Believe Me (Curtis Mayfield) - Atlantic SD 8104 1965
37 You're Good For Me (Covay/Ott) - Atlantic SD 8104 1965
38 Three Time Loser (Covay/Miller) - (demo?) Versatile NED 1123 c.1964
39 Your Love Has Got To Me (Covay) - (demo?) Versatile NED 1123 c.1964
40 Please Do Something (Covay/Miller) - Atlantic 2286a 1965
41 A Woman's Love (Covay) - Atlantic 2286b 1965
42 See-Saw (Covay/Cropper) - Atlantic 2301a 1965
43 I Never Get Enough Of Your Love (Covay/Cropper) - Atlantic 2301b 1965
44 Little Richard - I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) (Covay) 1965
45 Ben E. King - Don't Drive Me Away (Covay/Ott) 1966
46 Solomon Burke - Tonight's The Night (Covay/Burke) 1966
47 Sookie Sookie (Covay/Cropper) - Atlantic 2323a 1966
48 Watching The Late Late Show (Covay) - Atlantic 2323b 1966
49 You Put Something On Me (Covay) - Atlantic 2340a 1966
50 Iron Out The Rough Spots (Jones/Porter/Cropper) - Atlantic 2340b 1966
51 Somebody's Got To Love You (Covay) - Atlantic 2357a 1966
52 Temptation Was Too Strong (Covay) - Atlantic 2357b 1966
53 40 Days 40 Nights (Covay) - Atlantic 2407a 1967
54 The Usual Place (Covay/Randolph) - Atlantic 2407b 1967
55 You've Got Me On The Critical List (Covay) - Atlantic 2440a 1967
56 Never Had No Love (Covay) - Atlantic 2440b 1967
57 Etta James - You Got It (Covay) 1967
58 Otis Redding - Demonstration (Covay/Redding) 1967
59 Otis Redding - Think About It (Covay/Redding) 1967
60 Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools (Covay) 1968
61 Otis Clay - That Kind Of Lovin' (Covay) 1968
62 Little Richard - Try Some Of Mine (Covay) 1968
63 Solomon Burke - Party People (Covay) 1968
64 Etta James - I'm Gonna Take What He's Got (Covay) 1968
65 Aretha Franklin - See-Saw (Covay/Cropper) 1968
66 Don't Let Go (J. Stone) - Atlantic 2494a 1968
67 It's In The Wind (Covay) - Atlantic 2494b 1968
68 Gonna Send You Back To Your Mama (Covay) - Atlantic 2521a 1968
69 House On The Corner (Covay) - Atlantic 2521b 1968
70 Soul Clan - Soul Meeting (Covay) - Atlantic 2530a 1968
71 Soul Clan - That's How It Feels (Covay/Womack) - Atlantic 2530b 1968
72 Snake In The Grass (Redd/Martin) - Atlantic 2565b 1968
73 I Stole Some Love (Covay) - Atlantic 2565a 1968
74 Sweet Pea (Covay) - Atlantic 2609a 1969
75 Mad Dog Blues (Covay/Richardson) - Atlantic SD 8237 1969
76 Soul Stirrer (Covay/Whyce) - Atlantic 2742a 1969
77 Lou Johnson - I Can't Change (Covay) 1969
78 Wilson Pickett - Night Owl (Covay) 1969
79 Joe Tex - She Said Yeah (Covay/Nash/Pickett/Stevenson) 1969
80 Everything I Do Goin' Be Funky (Allen Toussaint) - Atlantic 2725a 1969
81 Sweet Thang (Covay) - Janus 164a 1971
82 Standing In The Grits Line (Covay) - Janus 164b 1971
83 Staple Singers - This Old Town (Covay/Pickett/Stevenson) 1972
84 I Was Checkin' Out, She Was Checkin' In (Covay) - Mercury 73385a 1973
85 Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong) - Mercury 73385b 1973
86 Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home (L. Scott/E. Darby) Mercury 73430a 1973
87 Bad Mouthing (E. Darby/N. Jean) - Mercury 73430b 1973
88 We Can't Make It No More (Covay/Von) Mercury 73468b 1975
89 Travelin' In Heavy Traffic (Covay/Wansel) - Philadelphia Intl. 3602a 1976
90 Once You Have It (Covay) - Philadelphia Intl. 3602b 1976

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four (X-Files)

I thought I would get it
From a missile flying through the sky
I thought it would be a hundred years
Before I turned over and died
Surely the end will come
I thought it would be an atomic bomb
But if you just take your love away
Doomsday
Sha-la-la-la-la

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wild Canada - Sixties Garage From The Great White North

Not as weedy as Prae-Kraut Kindergarten, but getting there, even without The British Modbeats or Canadian Beadles. Tracks were gathered long ago from a TokenSurfer (Now TokenHippie54) YouTube account. O Canadarm! posted a 26-track version of this awhile back, but the link is deceased. Check out The Canadian Squires aka Levon & The Hawks aka The Band, long before international fame and fortune complicated everything.

01 BENT WIND - SACRED COWS
02 THE CANADIAN SQUIRES - LEAVE ME ALONE
03 THE GREAT SCOTS - THAT'S MY GIRL (ROTTEN TO THE CORE)
04 THE HAUNTED - EIGHT O'CLOCK
05 THE UGLY DUCKLINGS - NOTHIN'
06 SATAN & THE D-MEN - SHE'LL LIE
07 THOSE ROGUES - GIRL
08 A PASSING FANCY - I'M LOSING TONIGHT
09 OUR GENERATION - COOL SUMMER
10 THE CHECKERLADS - BABY SEND FOR ME
11 A PASSING FANCY - SOUNDS SILLY
12 THE HAUNTED - 1-2-5
13 THE JURY - WHO DAT?
14 THE UGLY DUCKLINGS - SHE AIN'T NO USE TO ME
15 GROWING PAINS - I'M DOOMED
16 THE KIDDS - CHILDREN IN LOVE
17 THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS - I'M SUFFERIN'
18 THREADS OF FYBRE - BELIEVE ME
19 THE MOOD - WHO DO YOU LOVE?
20 THE ROYALE COACHMEN - KILLER OF MEN
21 THE AMEN - PETER ZEUS
22 THE ARDELS - PIECE OF JEWELRY
23 THE CANADIAN VIP'S - I KNOW
24 IT'S ALL MEAT - FEEL IT
25 THE ESQUIRES - IT'S A DIRTY SHAME
26 THE UNDERWORLD - GO AWAY
27 THE UNDERWORLD - THE STRANGE EXPERIMENT OF DR. JARROD
28 ROCKADROME - GOOD DREAM
29 UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS - OTIS

 YouTube files @ feeble bitrates

Feel you. I feel you. I feel you somewhere way down deep inside. 
Love you. I love you. I love you more than words can ever hide.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

African Fiesta Sukisa 1966-73 Docteur Nico 05.3

Version 5.3 adds 69a Tika Navanda Na Ya and 69b Oye Congo to Part Two.
Version 5.2 adds 49b Yo Soy Tu Dolor and 50b Para Bailar, thanks to Moos @ Global Groove.
Version 5.1 adds 68b How Mi Closen, a phonetic Buddy Holly translation via Beatles For Sale. 'How mi closen, tummy now you feel...'
In 1965 African Fiesta split apart, with Docteur Nico carrying on as African Fiesta Sukisa while Tabu Ley Rochereau and band manager Roger Izeidi set up African Fiesta 66 and then African Fiesta National. I've divided what I have of Nico's Sukisa singles tracks into two posts. Plenty of great stuff here, as expected, although I miss the ambiance of the Vita stuff. Maybe Nico switched from tube amplifiers to transistors? These have been gathered from vinyl and CDs and downloads including YouTube, so bitrates and sound quality vary considerably. Thanks again to Alastair Johnston for his Docteur Nico Discography (new improved second edition now available), without which these humble compilations would not exist.  

Docteur Nico African Fiesta Sukisa @ 45Tours
The Far From Complete Sukisa Singles 1966-73
Part 1 of 2

01 11a Comono
02 14a Cimetière
03 20b Zongela Mbeto Na Yo
04 37a Doublez Doublez
05 47a Bougie Ya Motema
06 47b Runeme Mama
07 48a Tour d'Afrique
08 48b Yaka Toyambana
09 49a Chantal
10 49b Yo Soy Tu Dolor
11 50a Sule
12 50b Para Bailar
13 51a La Palomar
14 51b Pauline
15 52a Impercoque
16 52b Saouda
17 53a Mwa Kassanda
18 53b Pokwa Paris
19 54a Yo Canto
20 54b Zaido
21 55a La Jolie Bebe
22 56a Damela Que Tu La Tiennes
23 56b Je M'En Fous
24 57a El Tonto de Mi Lugar
25 57b Mbankada
26 58a Eramorando
27 58b Marie Pauline
28 59a Na Kendeki Na Poto
29 61a Nasali Eloko Te
30 61b Sasonado
31 63a Nzongo
32 63b Sanduku Etundi
33 64a Sanza Zomi Na Mibale
34 64b Suavilo
35 66a Okosambuisa Ngai
36 67a Limbasa Ngai
37 67b Eh Bien Mon Ami
38 68b How Mi Closen
39 69a Tika Navanda Na Ye
40 69b Oye Congo
41 71a Exhibition Dechaud
42 71b Nansha Nkayende
43 72a When A Man Loves A Woman
44 72b Charlotte
45 73a Soy Del Siboney
46 73b Sizarinne
47 74a Moni Mambo
48 77a Tu M'as Deçu Chouchou
49 77b Save Me
50 78a Doris
51 78b Si Yorando
52 79a Kiri Kiri Mabina Ya Sika
53 79b Sookie

Vinyl, CD and downloads various bitrates
Part One
Part Two