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Don Covay
Genres: Pop, R&B
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  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Don Covay
Title: Mercy!/See-Saw
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1964
Re-Release Date: 11/14/2000
Genres: Pop, R&B
Style: Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 099923818625

CD Reviews

Boomerang With Me
leeleedee | Lexington, KentuckyCincinnati | 10/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The title of this CD is actually "Mercy!"/"See-Saw." "Mercy!" was released in late 1964; "See-Saw" in 1966. This is essential soul and some crazy stuff. As usual, the people who edit liner notes left in a sentence like "Born in Orangeburg, S.C., on March 24, 1938, Covay's initial singing experience was strictly sacred." What's wrong with that sentence, soul men and women? Oh well, it's the vernacular, right, just like this music. Actually, soul music is quite formal, abiding by the rules more than most styles. The 1964 material might sound a little more old-fashioned to some but it's good and kinda unhinged; cool guitar as well (some believe that Jimi Hendrix played on a few of these songs, and the guitar in "Mercy, Mercy" does bear a resemblance to Hendrix's style). As some of you might know, the Rolling Stones covered "Mercy, Mercy"; it's the first tune on their classic "Out of Our Heads" LP from 1965. And in general, when you listen to Mick Jagger you hear Don Covay. The second LP on this disc, "See-Saw," features a few tracks cut in Memphis at Stax, with the great rhythm section of Cropper, Dunn, Jones and Jackson. "Sookie Sookie" is a dirty song with some truly cubist drum fills; "The Boomerang" sounds completely nuts; Aretha Franklin covered "See-Saw" and I hope Don made a lotta money from it. Don went on to do one of the classic messin'-around songs of the '70s, indeed of any era, "I Was Checkin' Out (She Was Checkin' In)", but that's a hard one to find since the only comprehensive Covay collection, released back in the '90s, is out of catalog. It would be nice to be able to buy all of his work again; Steppenwolf, who covered his "Sookie Sookie," has just about all their stuff available, and if the world needs to hear Goldy McJohn, it sure as heck needs to hear the great Don Covay."
If ya love the Stones, you'll love this more
Phil Rogers | Ann Arbor, Michigan | 06/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I thought the reviewer who wrote how Jagger stole his thunder from Don Covay was a little tacky until I actually heard the CD - Covay sounds like Mick, without any of the tension. And that translates into way, way better. And Covay provides all the vocals, and is the master of many types of singing and personas. Look at his picture - he is just that smooth and ever so cool sounding. He be harmonizing and/or improvising with himself from opposite sides of the stereo field. Stops a few centimeters short of becoming "slick", if you dig what I mean.I still like the Stones, but henceforth I'll probably always be laughing a little inside when I listen to them. One must note though, that Mick's voice is as similar to Don's as early Nick Drake's voice was to Donovan's. Neither was slavishly imitating - it was probably more honoring someone whose style the imitator truly loved. It's uncanny how Covay's various vocal inflections are mirrored by Mick, just as Donovan's were by Nick.Anyway . . . this music is astoundingly good, and it is energising, even empowering. The intensity and verve is relaxing, and grabs your guts in an inviting, friendly way. It's smoky, deep, a little dark at times, and never coldly metallic. Lord knows the band members provide good home cookin' . . ."
'one problem"
rollo | usa | 10/02/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent, stereo, two album collection with fine remastering except for one problem. Track one, the title song "Have Mercy" has a tracking error rendering this track unplayable on my computer, my car CD player, my DVD players or my home stereo CD players. All of the rest of the songs on the CD play flawlessly. The error cannot be repaired by scandisc either. I liked the CD so much that I purchased another one from Amazon. The 2nd CD had the same problem. This is a defect overlooked by the people who press CD's for the Koch label. I have other Koch recordings in my collection and have not had this problem. I hope they will place more emphasis on quality control. This is a 5 star CD that I can only give 3 stars due to the error."