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Don Covay: Super Dude I

Track List

>Overtime Man
>I Stayed Away Too Long
>I Was Checkin' Out, She Was Checkin' In
>Hold You to Your Promise
>Pinch Hitters, The
>Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home
>Bad Mouthing
>Leave Him, Pt. 1
>Leave Him, Pt. 2
>Money (That s What I Want)
>Don't Step on a Man When He's Down
>It's Better to Have (And Don't Need)
>Hot Blood
>We Can't Make It No More
>Rumble in the Jungle
>Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste, A
>Dungeon No. 3
>There Was Something on Your Mind

Album Notes

Personnel: David Wolfert (guitar).

Director: Don Covay.

Editor: Joe Scariza.

Photographers: David Gahr; Serge Seymour.

Don Covay hadn't seen a lot of chart activity since the '60s, but he returned in 1973 with the comeback album Super Dude. Single releases "Overtime Man," "I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In," and "Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home" were all worthy of high recognition, but only "I was Checkin'," a classic about a guy cheating on his woman while she's cheating on him at the same motel, made any real noise. "Leave Him, Pts. 1-2" is another good gritty track, but Mercury spoiled it by putting the first part on the A-side and the second on the B-side, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. On the positive side, Covay breathes new life into "Money (That's What I Want)." The recording quality is slicker and better engineered than his earlier stuff, and there are more musicians, but the raw charm of "See Saw" and "Mercy Mercy" is missing. This is the mature, been-through-the-mill Don Covay, whose singing about adultery and promiscuity has a Southern/uptown soul feel. ~ Andrew Hamilton


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