Joe South

Games People Play

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Three minutes and thirty three seconds make up Capitol Records single #2248, "Games People Play", the first Top 40 hit for Joe South as a performer after his finding chart success with other artists as a writer/producer/arranger. And for those who applauded Vinnie Bell's watery guitar sounds on Ferrante & Teicher's "Midnight Cowboy" theme, keep in mind that went Top 10 in November of 1969 while Joe South projected an equally transcendant six string presentation on this single nine months earlier, as well as on a tune called "Mirror Of Your Mind". This particular song was happening at the same time Kenny Rogers was taking Mike Settle's "But You Know I Love You" almost as far up the charts, and the sentiment and stylings are very similar - though South's production work is more experimental. Unique percussion work mixes well with floating backing vocals which complement that country/soul lead voice so perfectly. When the fiddle comes in against the guitar with strings to boot (in the verse after the first chorus) it creates a truly innovative pop fabric. Those guitars and strings meet an organ in the middle which singer Buzzy Linhart notes Joe South no doubt picked up on when he did Dylan's Blonde On Blonde sessions circa1966. It was exactly a year when the "sequel", if you will - "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", equaled the chart position of this tune and got the message even heavier.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Introspect 1968 Capitol / Universal 3:35
Games People Play 1969 Capitol / Universal 3:37
No Image 1971
Original Soundtrack
Apple Records 3:29
No Image 1990 Rhino 3:31
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Capitol 0:00
The Sensational 60's, Vol. 2 [Dominion] 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 3:40
Car Trax: Taking It Easy 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:34
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Early 70's, Vol. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:34
The Acoustic Highway Collection: The Road to Country Rock 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 3:30
No Image 1996 EMI / Captiol
1969: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:35
Radio Gold [Compose] 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records / Peter Pan (ISP) 3:34
Happy Days 1960's 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:34
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 3:34
Country Legends [EMI #1] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Party Dance Mix [Riviere] 1997
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 1:33
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
The Best Country Ballads in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Great Rock & Roll, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:30
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Ace 2:05
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
Best of Joe South: Retrospect 1999 eOne / Koch 3:33
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Warner Special Products / Echo 3:36
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Sixties Shakin' All Over 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 3:31
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:33
Anthology: A Mirror of His Mind -- Hits and Highlights 1968-1975 2001 Raven 3:31
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:33
Happy Days, 1960's 2001
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:35
Classic Masters 2002 Collectables
Jukebox Hits 1969 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:31
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1969 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
Original 60's Summer Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Echoes of Time 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:31
Introspect/Don't It Make You Want to Go Home 2003 Raven 3:35
Rock on 1969 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
Original Country Album 2005
Various Artists
EMI 3:33
It Happened in the Sixties 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:32
Complete Sixties 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
Games People Play/Joe South 2006 Raven 3:36
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 3:33
One Hit Wonders [Horizon 2] 2006
Various Artists
Horizon / Horizon 2 3:32
101 60's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
The Original 60's Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:33
Top Of The Pops 1969 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:34
Pure: 60s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
Where Were You: 1969 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
This Is 1969 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:34
Honky Tonk: Charlie Gillett's Radio Picks 2009
Various Artists
Ace 3:30
Massive Hits!: Country 2013
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:34
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:30
Classic '60s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:36
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 3:34
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 3:33
Party Dance Mix, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Euro Trend 1:33
The Greatest Country [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:34