Roy Head

Treat Me Right

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Read the title carefully; it's not "Treat Her Right," the title of Head's 1965 megasmash, but Treat Me Right, an entirely different song. Yes indeed, this is an exploitation release of material Head cut for a different label than the one that issued "Treat Her Right," repackaged after the hit to capitalize on its unexpected success. The final punchline is that, as exploitative as this LP is, it's quite good. The ten songs -- mostly revved-up R&B, with a bit of country-soul thrown in -- are solid evidence of Head's stature as one of the finest white soul singers of the '60s. The small combo R&B arrangements are spare and tight, investing even overdone standards like "Money" with excitement. Long out of print, it still shows up in the used bins from time to time and is worth picking up.