Joe South - Games People Play

Joe South - Games People Play
Artist: Joe South
Duration: 39:19
Release Date: 1969
Album: Games People Play
Styles: Contemporary Pop/Rock, AM Pop
Genre: Pop\Rock

To some degree, Games People Play was a rushed album, issued to capitalize on the unexpected hit single title track (which had first been issued as an LP-only cut on South's previous long-player, Introspect). Three songs that had appeared on Introspect ("Games People Play," "Birds of a Feather," and "These Are Not My People") were placed on Games People Play as well, and some of the other songs (like "Untie Me" and "Concrete Jungle") had been recorded by other artists as early as 1962. For all that, however, it was a pretty cracking good set of country-soul-rock, and if it was hastily thrown together, it certainly didn't show in the songwriting, production, or performances.

South's sage, humanistic, and somewhat outside-looking-in view of the madding crowd came through forcefully in "Party People," "These Are Not My People," and "Birds of a Feather." Wholehearted romantic lust and confusion laced his energetic recastings of "Untie Me" (first a hit for the Tams back in 1962) and "Hush" (which had just been a smash for Deep Purple), as well as the respectable Elvis Presley-meets-Neil Diamond-styled "Heart's Desire," which had the catchiness of a hit single. The dabs of psychedelia throughout the record -- some electric guitar here, some weird echo there (both at once on "Hole in Your Soul," the most avowedly strange track) -- might have been trendy, but were nonetheless effective. Quite a lot of fine music not found on best-of compilations awaits South fans who have yet to discover this record.

Games People Play / Joe SouthJoe South3:37
Party People / Joe SouthJoe South4:27
Untie Me / Joe SouthJoe South2:40
Concrete Jungle / Joe SouthJoe South2:55
Hole in Your Soul / Joe SouthJoe South3:40
Hush / Joe SouthJoe South3:47
Birds of a Feather / Joe SouthJoe South4:24
Hearts Desire / Joe SouthJoe South2:54
Leanin' on You / Joe SouthJoe South2:53
I Knew You When / Joe SouthJoe South2:57
These Are Not My People / Joe SouthJoe South2:35
It Got Away / Joe SouthJoe South2:30

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