Jerry Butler: Never Give You Up
From The Iceman Cometh (Mercury, 1968). Also on The Philadelphia Sessions.
Duke of Burlington: Hammer Strokes
From A Revolution in Sound (Joker, 197?)
Thanks again for all the suggestions people had in regards to Butler’s larger catalog – I’m still trying to move through it. I had forgotten about one of his biggest hits – “Never Give You Up” and it was a real pleasure getting reacquainted with it. I have to say: my favorite part of the song is simply how it opens – that melody is fantastic and I wish the entire song had been built around it through I am at least glad they bring it back at the bridge.
I also am always amused by soul songs where the basic moral is: “you can treat me like sh–, but I’m still gonna love you,” which is either incredibly romantic or rather desperate depending on your level of cynicism. I mean, Jerry, she’s cheating on you. Keeping the candle lit just doesn’t sound so wise but hey.
As for the Duke of Burlington, this is another one of those uncredited covers: “Hammer Strokes” is obviously “Groove Me” by King Floyd. If you liked that last track by them, I suspect you’ll dig this too. If you thought it was a bit clunky, you’ll probably think the same here.