Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Don Covay- Funky Yo-Yo
Recorded in 1977, this would be the last Covay record until Adlib in 2000. Covay is best known for his song "See-Saw", but also penned some classics for other famous artists: "Chain of Fools"-Aretha Franklin, "Pony Time"- Chubby Checker, "Letter Full of Tears"- Gladys Knight & The Pips. The recording break was probably much needed because Funky Yo-Yo feels like a rehearsal, not a fully fleshed out album. The playing is sparse, often sloppy, with the band vamping while Covay tries to improv vocals seemingly made up on the spot. It's got some down-home blues coursing through it but overall it's really quite a mess and not what you would hope for from an artist the caliber of Don Covay. However, don't let this discourage you from checking out his back catalog.
Buy this record if the parole hearing's been postponed and you've just carved a shank out of your toothbrush.