B-side of I’ve Got That Feeling
(Written by Mickey Stevenson)
Oddly, a quick Internet search for this song brings up all sorts of Northern Soul paraphernalia, a sea of sew-on badges and clenched fists. I say “oddly” because (a) I’ve never knowingly heard this song played anywhere, and (b) I can’t imagine it going down all that well with a soulie crowd.
It’s essentially a rough-edged R&B dancer, the sort of thing from which Motown had already largely moved on. Probably recorded, like the A-side, at the tail end of 1962, this is very reminiscent of Barrett Strong’s Misery taken at double speed, or the early work of the excellently-named Henry Lumpkin. It’s a turn-of-the-decade piece, more bar-room than dancefloor; it makes room for guitar and sax breaks, but leaves little impression once it’s finished.
In fact, it breezes by so un-presumptiously that it took me three or four listens to work out just what it is that Cornell “wants his share” of, and even then it doesn’t really make any sense: he’s telling the girl he likes that he’s open to the idea of a long-term relationship, so if she wants the same thing she should give him a call as he, well, “wants his share” of that. The record doesn’t sound much like a devotional love song (the tone and the title lend it a much more accusatory, demanding feel).
Other than that apparent disconnect between music and lyrics, there’s not much else here to hold the attention. Unlike the excellently bouncy A-side I’ve Got That Feeling, the tune is pedestrian, there’s no star turn by the Vandellas on backing vocals to enliven proceedings (indeed there are no backing vocals at all), and the only parts of the record to divert the listener’s attention are the rough and ready sax solo and the stuttering, slightly off-key hook (Cornell shouting Stand by you, stand by you over and over again).
Otherwise, it’s an average R&B B-side from 1960, and not the sort of thing Motown had been particularly good at even back then. By their 1963 standards, it sounds positively prehistoric. Not awful, just generic and boring.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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