Gene Chandler

The Two Sides of Gene Chandler

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For Gene Chandler's third Brunswick LP, there are a few of the usual evocative soul showcases: "Can I Change My Mind?," "Familiar Footsteps," and "If You Would Love Me." The balance of The Two Sides of Gene Chandler presents him as a '60s pop standard bearer, covering hits from the canon like "This Guy's in Love With You," "Eleanor Rigby," Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey," Dinah Washington's "This Bitter Earth," and the Tin Pan Alley chestnut "Yesterdays." Chandler performs these well -- he's a professional, after all -- but it's difficult to escape the impression that Brunswick was just pushing material in hopes of a hit. The "funky" alternate reading of "Eleanor Rigby" isn't very adventurous, and the originals end up sounding much better than any of the covers.