Leiber & Stoller

The Leiber & Stoller Story, Vol. 3: Shake 'Em Up & Let 'Em Roll 1962-1969

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Like the previous volume of this admirable Ace Records series devoted to songs by the great composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this isn't so much a best-of survey as a representative sampling of what the pair were up to during this part of their career. There are a few sizable to modest sized hits here, like Jay & the Americans' "Only in America," Johnny Cash & June Carter's "Jackson," the Drifters' "Rat Race," Dion's "Drip Drop," and Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" The emphasis, however, is more on less renowned recordings of their songs -- not always written, incidentally, by Leiber & Stoller as a team, but sometimes in collaboration with other writers, and sometimes with the involvement of just Leiber, or just Stoller. Sometimes, too, the versions selected are not the most famous ones, but less celebrated interpretations, as in the cases of Jimmy Scott's "On Broadway" (rather than the Drifters' big hit with the same song) or Dee Dee Warwick's "I (Who Have Nothing)" (though it was Ben E. King who had the big hit with it). There's also the original recording of a tune far more famous as a song covered by the Rolling Stones on one of their early LPs, Alvin Robinson's "Down Home Girl." Though still capable of great work, Leiber and Stoller were a bit past their peak by the mid- to late '60s, so this isn't the first or second place to get acquainted with their prime material. Also, some of the tracks, though welcome to collectors for their rarity, simply aren't up to the level of their better efforts. Nonetheless, this is still a good and well-programmed compilation that has its share of both memorable hits and some overlooked goodies and oddities, like Richie Barrett's "Tricky Dicky" (covered by the Searchers during the British Invasion), Betty Harris' soul ballad "His Kiss," the Honeyman's odd hickoid novelty "Brother Bill (The Last Clean Shirt)," Tommy Roe's gunfighter narrative "The Gunfighter," Willie Bobo's Latin-funk boogaloo "Juicy," and the Walker Brothers' typically lush melodrama "Take It Like a Man." Mick Patrick's excellent liner notes give track-by-track details plush with insider info about the songs and recordings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:44
2 2:09
3
feat: Betty Harris
2:48
4
feat: Irene Reid
2:46
5
feat: Dion
2:31
6 2:12
7
feat: Roy Hamilton
2:10
8
feat: The Exciters
1:56
9 3:06
10 2:11 Amazon
11 2:15
12 2:42
13 2:45
14 2:41 Amazon
15
feat: Tommy Roe
3:11
16 2:30
17
feat: Willie Bobo
2:26
18 3:01
19 2:56 Amazon
20
feat: Ben E. King
2:22
21
feat: Carmen McRae
2:38
22 2:31
23 3:31
24
feat: Peggy Lee
4:21
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