Condition Red: Complete Goodees

Condition Red: Complete Goodees

by The GoodeesThe Goodees


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As a white trio from Memphis who owed more to the pop girl group sound than soul music, the Goodees were oddities on Stax's roster in the late 1960s. They did manage to make number 46 on the pop charts in early 1969 with "Condition Red," an obvious update of the Shangri-Las' classic "Leader of the Pack." This 22-track CD has every morsel the Goodees recorded, including their 1969 album Candy Coated..Goodees; four songs from 1967-1969 non-LP singles; and seven previously unreleased cuts. It's likable but a little underwhelming, the threesome usually opting for a fairly gentle, slightly soul-influenced pop
ock sound, rather than the more explicit mid-'60s girl group homage of "Condition Red." Some of the material they were supplied (often written by Candy Coated Goodees producers Don Davis and Freddie Briggs) was quality, wistful late-'60s orchestrated pop with echoes of soul and girl group music from a few years previous to their recording. "Sad Song for Harry" sounds a bit like a white Supremes, for instance, though it's outclassed by the languorous ballad "A Little Bit of You." Other songs are less memorable, however, including the strange "Condition Red" follow-up "Jilted" (about a bride abandoned at the altar), and the album was filled out with too many covers of '60s hits. The non-LP singles include a 1967 45 produced and written by Stax stalwarts David Porter and Isaac Hayes that's in a slightly more overt soul style, as well as a 1969 track written and produced by the noted Southern soul team of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Porter-Hayes and Penn-Oldham were also involved in most of the seven previously unissued items (one of which is an alternate version of a song from their LP, "Didn't Know Love Was so Good"), though none of the material ranks among those producer-writers' better work. But if it's not exactly lost treasure, the Goodees' output is perfectly respectable, sung with an engaging, somewhat shy touch that was unusual for its era. The packaging is exemplary, with lengthy liner notes featuring plenty of vintage illustrations and memories from Goodee Sandra Jackson.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667044028
catalogNumber: 6704402
Rank: 63489

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goodees   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gene Pitney   Composer
Marlin Greene   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer,Producer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer
Ron Hall   References
Spooner Oldham   Composer,Producer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Don Smith   Composer
Dale Warren   Arranger,Composer
Jim Stewart   Producer
Leon Ware   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Joe Shamwell   Composer
Don Davis   Composer,Producer
Gerry Goldstein   Composer
Cyril Vetter   Composer
Freddie Briggs   Composer,Producer
Frank Tabbit   Composer
Sandra Jackson Hall   Illustrations

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