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||Country Road||Merry Clayton||3:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tell All the People||Merry Clayton||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bridge Over Troubled Water||Merry Clayton||5:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I've Got Life||Merry Clayton||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gimmie Shelter||Merry Clayton||3:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Here Come Those Heartaches Again||Merry Clayton||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Forget It I Got It||Merry Clayton||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You've Been Acting Strange||Merry Clayton||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Ani't Gonna Worry My Life Away||Merry Clayton||4:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Good Girls||Merry Clayton||2:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Glad Tidings||Merry Clayton||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Striking when the iron was hot, Merry Clayton’s solo debut album arrived less than a year after her remarkable contribution as backing singer to the Rolling Stones’ 1969 hit “Gimme Shelter.” As the album title reveals, she takes the tune for a spin in her own vehicle, giving it the burning urgency of a Stax hit. Though her voice doesn’t break here with the same awesome timbre heard on the original recording, this version is easily more danceable. Clayton’s voice does break in all the right places on an opening cover of James Taylor’s “Country Road,” playing more soulfully than ol’ J.T. may have ever intended it to sound. She also turns the Paul Simon penned “Bridge Over Troubled Water” into a sunny ballad hoisted by grinding Hammond organ and gospel-tinged backing vocals that inject a healthy dose of Sunday-morning spirituality into the song. Bookending with Van Morrison’s “Glad Tidings” was ambitious because his version on Moondance is already plenty soulful, but Clayton’s uplifting version (along with some stellar musicianship) makes this one the album’s jewel.
This is an amazing version of "Gimmie Shelter" and one that I used to play a lot together with Thelma Houston's version of "Jumping Jack Flash" when I was working as a DJ at Circle Club in Copenhagen- Denmark. The album represents the sound of soul music at that time, reminding of the sound that came from Memphis. Enjoy and maybe check out some of the soul artists that were on the Stax labels at that time. Tony London
legendary duet partner for Rolling Stones' Gimmie Shelter
Very excited to see this one available on iTunes. Merry Clayton sang backup/duet with Mick Jagger on Gimmie Shelter--not Janis Joplin, as I used to believe. Merry recorded her own version here in 1970, and she totally owns it!
Merry's powerful vocals with great musicians put the Rolling Stones in the garage band catagory on this one. Play it loud!
Born: December 25, 1948 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s