CD technology does wonders for this old Spyder Turner album. Originally released on vinyl in 1967, it comes to life on disk. The sound is crisp, and you can hear the grooves they heard in the studio. Turner's earnest delivery, while hardly unique, displays true passion. There are no bonus tracks (a disappointment), but just the original 12, which includes Spyder's reworking of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," where he imitates Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Billy Stewart, Chuck Jackson, and James Brown; "I Can't Make It Anymore" (popular with the Northern soul crowd); and renditions of "Hold on, I'm Coming," "Moon River," "Dream Lover," "I Don't Want to Cry," and "For Your Precious Love."
Stand by Me: Golden Classics Review
by Andrew Hamilton