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Clyde McPhatter: Rocks (CD)

1-CD (6-plated Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes.

  • Long overdue two-part documentary on Bear Family dedicated to one of the greatest Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Rock & Roll singers: Clyde McPhatter (1932 - 1972).
  • On 'Clyde McPhatter Rocks' producer Nico Feuerbach has compiled the rousing up-tempo numbers, 'The Ballads Of' is dedicated to the great ballads of the tenor singer.
  • He was one of the first to fuse the harmony vocals of gospel music with the hot grooves of rhythm 'n' blues and is considered a pioneer of soul music and an outstanding rocker.
  • 'Rocks’ collects his best fast recordings from his time with Billy Ward & The Dominoes, the Drifters and from his solo career. 
  • Detailed liner notes by music historian Bill Dahl in the extensive accompanying booklet and - as always with Bear Family - carefully restored recordings in the best possible quality.


It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that soul music commenced when Clyde McPhatter opened his mouth and let fly. His groundbreaking hybrid of rhythm and blues and gospel as melismatic lead tenor with Billy Ward’s Dominoes predated even that of Ray Charles, opening the door to a whole new musical genre. 

And could Clyde ever rock! Bear Family’s new overview of McPhatter’s seminal upbeat catalog follows him from his early salad days fronting The Drifters on Atlantic Records, when they hit big on the R&B charts with Money Honey and Honey Love, through his solo Atlantic stormers (A Lover’s Question was a huge 1958 seller) and then his splendid M-G-M and Mercury sides (including his ‘62 smash Lover Please). Backed by stellar studio bands that included sax masters Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor, King Curtis, and Boots Randolph (who blows up a storm on Clyde’s Nashville cover of Fats Domino’s I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday), McPhatter was a soul pioneer and a world-class rocker who merits far more credit for his gargantuan contributions than he receives.

Clyde McPhatter was born in 1932. Disappointed by life, penniless, addicted to alcohol and depressed, he died at the age of only 39. Already a legend during his lifetime, he was denied great commercial success. He left behind an enormous musical legacy with recordings from a period of 22 years! 
He was the first musician ever to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a solo artist and later as the lead singer of the Drifters.

We have compiled Clyde McPhatter's great ballads on BCD17615 'The Ballads of Clyde McPhatter', the supplemental album.

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  • Interpret: Clyde McPhatter

  • Album titlle: Rocks (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AR
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102176142

  • weight in Kg 0.115
McPhatter, Clyde - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Can It Be Wrong Clyde McPhatter
02 Thirty Days Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
03 Money Honey Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
04 Lover Please Clyde McPhatter
05 I Do Believe Clyde McPhatter
06 Take A Step Clyde McPhatter
07 Deep Sea Ball Clyde McPhatter
08 What'd I Say Clyde McPhatter
09 What'cha Gonna Do Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
10 Rockin' Robin Clyde McPhatter
11 Hey Love Clyde McPhatter
12 Three Thirty Three Clyde McPhatter
13 A Lover's Question Clyde McPhatter
14 Up To My Ears In Tears Clyde McPhatter
15 Come What May Clyde McPhatter
16 (You've Got Everything) From A To Z Clyde McPhatter
17 Such A Night (Mercury recording) Clyde McPhatter
18 Bip Bam Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
19 Same Time, Same Place Clyde McPhatter
20 Twice As Nice Clyde McPhatter
21 Lovey Dovey Clyde McPhatter
22 I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday Clyde McPhatter
23 I Can't Stand Up Alone Clyde McPhatter
24 Let The Boogie Woogie Roll Clyde McPhatter
25 Don't Let Go Clyde McPhatter
26 Little Bitty Pretty One Clyde McPhatter
27 You're For Me Clyde McPhatter
28 Ta Ta Clyde McPhatter
29 Money Honey (Mercury recording) Clyde McPhatter
30 Since You Been Gone Clyde McPhatter
31 Climb That Mountain Of Love Clyde McPhatter
32 Stop Clyde McPhatter
33 This Is Not Goodbye Clyde McPhatter
34 I'm Movin' On Clyde McPhatter
Clyde McPhatter The Dominoes No lead tenor was as monumentally influential to the future... more
"Clyde McPhatter"

Clyde McPhatter

The Dominoes

No lead tenor was as monumentally influential to the future of R&B vocal groups as The Dominoes' Clyde McPhatter. He was the first to incorporate an overt gospel influence into his impassioned leads, influencing everyone from Smokey Robinson to Aaron Neville to most of Clyde's successors with The Drifters. If it had been up to Billy Ward, the Dominoes' iron-fisted founder, Clyde would have reined in his sanctified tendencies and sounded like The Ink Spots' Bill Kenny. Thank goodness Clyde didn't listen to his boss. Ward was born September 19, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia but mostly grew up in Philadelphia. A gifted piano composer at age 14, he went on to study music at the prestigious Juilliard School. After an Army stint, Ward was working in New York as a vocal coach when he met talent agent Rose Marks. The two would co-manage The Dominoes until her 1955 death.

The group started out as The Ques in 1950, Ward bringing together McPhatter (born November 15, 1931 in Durham, North Carolina), tenor Charlie White, baritone Joe Lamont, and bass Bill Brown. Clyde sang in the choir at his mother's church, and after his family moved to New York in 1945, he harmonized with The Mount Lebanon Singers (White was also a member). But McPhatter harbored secular ambitions. He competed in the Apollo Theatre's weekly amateur contest, singing Lonnie Johnson's Tomorrow Night. Ward's authoritarian approach whipped the group into shape in a hurry. They won the Apollo amateur show, emerged victorious on the radio program 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts' by crooning Goodnight Irene, and got signed to King Records' brand-new Federal subsidiary (Ralph Bass was persuaded to leave Savoy and head Federal by King boss Syd Nathan). That's when The Ques name bit the dust. The Dominoes made their first session for Bass in New York on November 14, 1950.

Their debut single, issued shortly before year's end, was also Federal's inaugural offering. It paired the upbeat Chicken Blues, fronted by bass singer Brown, with a Clyde-led Do Something For Me that was the first volley in a soulful revolution, even if pianist/arranger Ward didn't care to encourage it. The deliberate tempo of Do Something For Me, credited to Ward and Marks, allowed Clyde to work sanctified magic with its pleading lyrics. The rest of the group, all ex-gospel singers, pitched in sympathetically abetted by shimmering guitar. The shattering ballad blasted up to #6 R&B over a ten-week span that commenced in February of '51.

Clyde McPhatter

The Drifters

Great as they were, Clyde McPhatter's Drifters weren't the first black vocal group to use the name. There were several that came before. Recording for songwriter Otis Rene's Excelsior label in Los Angeles, these Drifters beat Clyde to the punch by a couple of years. While their sound looked backward to the 1940s rather than forward the way McPhatter's visionary outfit would, their Honey Chile was a lighthearted charmer, the polished group riding a backdrop built around bouncy piano and winding electric guitar. The other side, the Rene-penned Mobile, was bluesier and more lowdown, though hardly back in the alley. By 1953, there could be no doubt who owned the name. But these Drifters ably kept it warm until McPhatter and his crew broke out like gangbusters.

 

 

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Customer evaluation for "Rocks (CD)"
26 May 2021

Wonderful!

Well, these two new CDs are a complete joy. With a combined 63 tracks they represent both the uptempo and ballads that Clyde McPhatter excelled at. Covering his Atlantic, MGM and Mercury periods they serve as a much extended ‘Best of’ with lots of lesser-known numbers of equal quality.
The Atlantic recordings are in a class of their own – from his time with the Drifters and his solo career following his discharge from the US Army in mid ’55. Songs like ‘Money Honey’, ‘Treasure of Love’, ‘A Lover’s Question’ and ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ are all classics of their time and sound wonderful to this day. My favourites ‘Let The Boogie Woogie Roll’ and ‘Deep Sea Ball’ that came out belatedly in 1960 fairly jump out of the speakers and show the depth of the recordings that Atlantic had in the can. Indeed, the when the Atlantic unissued tracks were released in late ’59 and 60 to compete with the new 45s generated from his move to MGM, they charted much higher.
It’s fair to say that Clyde’s tenure at MGM wasn’t particularly spectacular. Only ‘Twice as Nice’ and a couple of others make the Bear Family cut. Much more successful was his move to Mercury where Clyde got his second musical wind. Twinned with Clyde Otis and then the young producer Jerry Kennedy (prior to his success with both Roger Miller and Jerry Lee Lewis) he hit big with his cover of Thurston Harris’ ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’, Ta Ta’ and Billy Swan’s ‘Lover Please’. Mercury spared no expense and gave Clyde great backing and strong songs.
The booklets that accompany the CDs have liner notes by Bill Dahl and include the usual details that competing companies don’t bother with. There’s also loads of photographs, a few of which are new to these eyes.
Wonderful!

30 Apr 2021

Clyde McPhatter Rocks !

Gelungene Zusammenstellung mit den temporeichen Songs von Clyde McPhatter

9 Apr 2021

sehr gut

endlich mal die guten schnellen lieder zusammen die ander hjab ich auch bestellt rockige gruesse

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Tracklist
McPhatter, Clyde - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Can It Be Wrong
02 Thirty Days
03 Money Honey
04 Lover Please
05 I Do Believe
06 Take A Step
07 Deep Sea Ball
08 What'd I Say
09 What'cha Gonna Do
10 Rockin' Robin
11 Hey Love
12 Three Thirty Three
13 A Lover's Question
14 Up To My Ears In Tears
15 Come What May
16 (You've Got Everything) From A To Z
17 Such A Night (Mercury recording)
18 Bip Bam
19 Same Time, Same Place
20 Twice As Nice
21 Lovey Dovey
22 I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
23 I Can't Stand Up Alone
24 Let The Boogie Woogie Roll
25 Don't Let Go
26 Little Bitty Pretty One
27 You're For Me
28 Ta Ta
29 Money Honey (Mercury recording)
30 Since You Been Gone
31 Climb That Mountain Of Love
32 Stop
33 This Is Not Goodbye
34 I'm Movin' On