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Best of Gene McDaniels - A Hundred Pounds of Clay (1995 Remaster)


Download links and information about Best of Gene McDaniels - A Hundred Pounds of Clay (1995 Remaster) by Gene McDaniels. This album was released in 1961 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop genres. It contains 25 tracks with total duration of 01:01:01 minutes.

Artist: Gene McDaniels
Release date: 1961
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop
Tracks: 25
Duration: 01:01:01
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No. Title Length
1. A Hundred Pounds of Clay 2:23
2. Come On Take a Chance 2:13
3. Curiosity 2:14
4. A Tear 2:09
5. Tower of Strength 2:33
6. He's Got My Sympathy 2:18
7. A Miracle 2:37
8. Master Puppeteer 2:19
9. Chip Chip 2:31
10. Another Tear Falls 2:22
11. Point of No Return 2:19
12. Spanish Lace 2:27
13. Blow Out the Sun 2:14
14. Laugh Right In My Face 1:47
15. Run Around 2:30
16. The Puzzle 2:18
17. You Were Sent for Me to Love 2:33
18. It's a Lonely Town (Lonely Without You) 2:40
19. False Friends 2:19
20. Strange Neighborhood 2:38
21. Anyone Else 2:30
22. There Goes the Forgotten Man 2:58
23. Walk With a Winner 2:58
24. Will It Last Forever 2:29
25. Hang On (Just a Little Bit Longer) 2:42



Built around his first hit, A Hundred Pounds of Clay ought to be a major part of the Gene McDaniels album library. The fact that it isn't is a statement of its poorly focused nature, in terms of this artist, and the latter can be attributed to an error — though an understandable one at the time — in judgment. McDaniels never liked the song, feeling it was too pop and mainstream, but it was his breakthrough, and a monster seller in the bargain, and producer Snuff Garrett, quite reasonably, chose to push his artist further in that direction. Thus, instead of exploiting the soul side of his appeal, this album, released in the wake of that hit, was an attempt to present him as a pop artist. So here McDaniels is, doing tame — and, worse yet, unexciting — renditions of "Till There Was You," "Portrait of My Love," "It's All in the Game," and "Cry" (yes, the old Johnnie Ray hit). His voice still has a basic appeal that‘s impossible to ignore anywhere here, especially when he wraps it around a phrase with a lot of feeling and reaches to either the lower or upper part of his register, even if it's being wasted on some of this repertoire — and the dullish tempos and Garrett's production excesses bury some of that allure for the casual listener. Of course, at the time all parties involved were only interested in selling records and not worrying about the artistic validity of McDaniels' releases, or how these would be judged 50 years (or even 50 weeks) later; all of these decisions were being made on the fly, and they just happened to be the wrong ones in terms of making great music. Only on the title song, the jaunty hook-laden "Send for Me," and the bluesy, moody closer, "Make Me a Present of You," does the listener get a real taste of McDaniels' ability. If one doesn't mind the detour out of soul and into mainstream pop, this is an OK record — it just follows the road map established by "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" in the wrong direction.