Sunday, August 18, 2013
TYRONE DAVIS' GREATEST HITS - '70s DESIGN CHEESY AND WONDERFUL
Artist: Tyrone Davis
Album: Tyrone Davis' Greatest Hits
Catalog: DK 76902
Designer: not listed
Photographer: not listed
Grade: **** stars
In the early 1970s the Brunswick/Dakar family of labels was encountering major financial difficulties and in an apparent effort to generate some quick cash, released a string of "Greatest Hits" packages, including this set by Tyrone Davis. Brunswick/Dakar clearly didn't bother to spend much money on the artistic side of the enterprise given all of the albums featured the same basic design - a slew of "gold" records splayed against a black backdrop with some very '70s font stylings. I have to admit the anonymous design is so bad it actually grabs your attention ...
And for anyone interested, the album itself is quite good, collecting a slew of Davis' late-'60s and early-'70s hits and non-hits. The guy certainly had a fantastic soul voice and I dare you to sit still through something as good as 'Turn Back the Hands of Time', or 'Can I Change My Mind'.