Originally recorded some 60 years ago by the Shirelles, it’s a song famously covered by numerous artists, including the noted version by co-writer Carole King on her 1971 landmark album, ‘Tapestry’.
So, some big shoes to fill, but Jo Harman, who only ever records a cover if she can connect to the lyric, takes it to ‘Harmansville’ – a trademark emotive ballad involving a ‘less is more’ arrangement featuring Mark Edwards on Yamaha Grand Piano and Terry Lewis on Telecaster Guitar. The recording features a suitably beautiful sonic capture by multi Grammy nominated/Brit Award winner James McMillan at Quietmoney studios.
As Solar Radio stalwart Clive Richardson kindly remarked ‘If you are going to cover a well known tune, make it your own and Jo Harman certainly does that very thing here – a gem’. Meanwhile, Chris Wells, Editor of Black music bible ‘Echoes’ declared this release as ‘recommended, we mean, really, seriously, recommended’.