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(ACE Records) 26 tracks 1961-1970 with 20 page booklet Over the last couple of years Ace has... more

Various: Honey & Wine - Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection (CD)

(ACE Records) 26 tracks 1961-1970 with 20 page booklet

Over the last couple of years Ace has have built up an impressive series of songwriter-based compilations. Burt Bacharach, Jackie DeShannon, Randy Newman and the Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, Greenwich & Barry, Mann & Weil and Goffin & King teams are amongst those spotlit so far. A second volume of Randy Newman’s early numbers is in the pipeline, as are sets devoted to the songs of Ashford & Simpson, Neil Diamond and Chip Taylor. Meanwhile, “Honey & Wine” marks our second foray into the folio of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, one of the most lauded songwriting partnerships of all-time.

As a kid Goffin developed a taste for Broadway musicals and began creating songs in his head. With a vague ambition to one day write a musical of his own, he enrolled at college to study chemistry. It was there that he met 17-year-old Carole, a keen amateur rock’n’roll songwriter in search of a lyricist. They hit it off right away, penned a few songs together and dropped out of college to get married. In 1960 they joined Carole’s pal Neil Sedaka as staff songwriters at Aldon Music, a fledgling publishing house headed by Al Nevins and Don Kirshner. Within a couple of years they were the most successful songwriters in the country. 

We like our original versions at Ace and a few are included here. Bobby Vee recorded ‘Go Away Little Girl’ before Steve Lawrence got his mitts on the song for example, while the Rising Sons (Ry Cooder’s early band) cut ‘Take A Giant Step’ before the Monkees did and stylish jazz diva Nancy Wilson’s reading of ‘No Easy Way Down’ was taped before Carole’s own version was released. 

If you’ve ever wondered how many Goffin and King compositions the Monkees recorded, the short answer is 18, the most successful of which was ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, the couple’s restless ode to life in suburbia, included here. (The long answer is contained in the booklet.) While not all of Goffin’s lyrics are autobiographical, it is tempting to assume that ‘So Goes Love’, heard here by the Turtles, documents the breakdown of his and Carole’s personal relationship. Thankfully, they continued writing together after their divorce. 

As with our earlier volume, this set includes familiar hits (the Monkees, Maxine Brown’s ‘Oh No Not My Baby’, the Drifters’ ‘Up On The Roof’, Gene McDaniels’ ‘Point Of No Return’, etc), overlooked gems (Chuck Jackson’s ‘I Need You’, Jan & Dean’s ‘The Best Friend I Ever Had’, Freddie Scott’s ‘Brand New World’, ‘I Happen To Love You’ by the Myddle Class, to name just four) and some new to CD rarities (‘Stage Door’ by Peter James, ‘They’re Jealous Of Me’ by Connie Stevens, ‘The Boy I Used To Know’ by Andrea Carroll, Jody Miller’s very non-PC ‘He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)’ and Carolyn Daye’s ‘A Long Way To Be Happy’). 

BY MICK PATRICK

Article properties: Various: Honey & Wine - Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection (CD)

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  • Album titlle: Honey & Wine - Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection (CD)

  • Year of publication 2009
  • Genre Pop

  • Label Ace Records

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Various - Honey & Wine - Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection (CD) CD 1
01 Every Breath I Take PITNEY, Gene
02 Oh No, Not My Baby BROWN, Maxine
03 Up On The Roof DRIFTERS
04 Not Just Tomorrow, But Always DACHE, Bertell
05 Tell Daddy KING, Ben E
06 He Knows I Love Him Too Much SMITH, Arlene
07 Point Of No Return McDANIELS, Gene
08 The Best Friend I Ever Had JAN & DEAN
09 Make The Night A Little Longer MONTGOMERY, Tammy
10 Go Away Little Girl VEE, Bobby
11 Brand New World SCOTT, Freddie
12 They're Jealous Of Me STEVENS, Connie
13 I Need You JACKSON, Chuck
14 That Boy I Used To Know CARROLL, Andrea
15 Stage Door JAMES, Peter
16 He Hit Me ( And It Felt Like A Kiss) MILLER, Jody
17 Don't Forget About Me LEWIS, Barbara
18 Pleasant Valley Sunday MONKEES
19 A Long Way To Be Happy DAYE, Carolyn
20 Honey & Wine HOLLIES
21 Take A Giant Step RISING SONS
22 Is This What I Get For Loving You FAITHFULL, Marianne
23 Child Of Mine DeSHANNON, Jackie
24 I Happen To Love You MYDDLE CLASS
25 So Goes Love TURTLES
26 No Easy Way Down WILSON, Nancy
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