Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Put your hands in the sky....

I posted this song once before, a long time ago. It was only up for about ten minutes. I was so embarrassed by what I wrote that I deleted the whole post.

Ya see, this 45 often gets dismissed as a minor effort whereas I happen to think it's brilliant. And given that it didn't sell very well back in the day, I guess I have to accept that I probably hold the minority view of this one. So be it.

Anyway, in my opinion this is not so much a dance tune as it is a mini symphonic ode dedicated to all dance tunes. Don Covay may be carrying-on about the Shingaling but what he's really reaching for here is the joyfully transcendent power of ass-shaking with a capital A.

Bob Gallo gets total credit for the over-the-top production.

Hope ya'll enjoy....


  1. Is there a Don Covay song that isn't worth hearing? Probably not!

  2. I would agree with the phipps11. In fact, I actively seek out ALL Don Covay and this is one I don't have. Still have the first two Lps on Atlantic on vinyl and the Razor & Tie compilation from almost 20 years ago now.

    You do know, I assume, that Jimi Hendrix played guitar on Mercy, Mercy and a couple other cuts on his first LP.
    I also was always fond of Covay's Blind Lemon Jefferson Blues Band Lp and also his work on Mercury ("I was Checking out...")
    Thanks for posting this.

  3. wow, great stuff! it's got that frustratingly funky slow tempo thing going on (if that makes any kind of sense..) thanks for sharing.