Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Delbert McClinton - Ultimate Collection (1999)


GREATEST HITS WEEK (JUNE 29 - JULY 5, 2015)

One morning around the turn of the century, I woke up with the song Giving It Up For Your Love in my head and ordered this CD with hopes of more songs like it.  And, when it gets funky and bluesy, I enjoy the road house tunes.  However, when McClinton leans more to the country side of things, I lose interest quickly.  As a result, while some tracks have been ripped to my iTunes, this is only the second time the entire disc has been played.  I'm only a casual fan (if that), so I'll have to go with Allmusic when they write
Hip-O's The Ultimate Collection comes very close to fulfilling the promise of its title. Over the course of 18 tracks, the compilation traces the evolution of Delbert McClinton's career, concentrating on his recordings for ABC, Capricorn, Capitol, and Rising Tide, while hitting almost all of the major highlights. True, there may be a personal favorite or two missing for hardcore fans, but there is no better introduction to this acclaimed Texas musician than this.
Decent retrospective liner notes.  Below, I've marked my favorites with a ✔ and tracks I skip with a ✘.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  18 tracks, 61 minutes.

TitleYearPop
Giving It Up For Your Love 19808
B-Movie Boxcar Blues1978
Love Rustler1977

Two More Bottles of Wine1975
Victim of Life's Circumstances1975
Honky Tonkin' (I Guess I Done Me Some)1975

Special Love Song1976
I'm Dyin' As Fast As I Can1976
Lipstick, Powder & Paint1976

Under Suspicion1977

Take It Easy1978

The Jealous Kind1980

Shot From The Saddle1979
Ain't What You Eat But How You Chew It1978

Plain Old Makin' Love1979

Sandy Beaches1981

Heartbreak Radio1981

You Were Never Mine1997


Personal Memory Associated with this CD: The aforementioned Giving It Up For Your Love was a huge regional hit in the Houston area and I loved the funky groove every time it played on KILT-AM.  The only other tune I was familiar with prior to purchasing this disc was B-Movie Boxcar Blues because the Blues Brothers had covered it.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks to my Dad, I knew it was Delbert blowing harmonica on Bruce Channel's 1962 hit "Hey Baby" but it came as a surpirse to my father that Delbert was taking lead vocals on "Giving It Up For Your Love" which was also a huge hit on Fort Worth area radio, supporting homestate talent.

    I like both songs above and feel that maybe our man Delbert deserves further exploration - this album is one of two dozen offered up on Spotify.

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