Merritt ’ s ESSENTIAL? Max first two Australian albums were recorded for RCA
’ Slippin Away . But, five years before his hit new to CD, this package has rarity value and the first disc showcases a repertoire that
Australia ’ s made Merritt No 1 soul brother in the mid to late 1960s. He sang soul in a voice pulped to a husk. He could shout, but he always sounded dulcet. The Meteors were the cream musicians of their time. American troops on R & R from the Vietnam War were delighted to hear sweet soul music
Max so far from home. The first album, Merritt and The Meteors , is a deft mix of standards and originals. The band shows its jazz licks on You Touch Me and Turkish Bath . Merritt gets sweaty on Western Union Man and sublime on Home Is Where the Heart Is . A live swagger through Respect is the bonus track. Having delivered the goods so convincingly in 1969, the cabaret nature of the second disc, Stray Cats , i s a puzzlement, with wrought renditions of Hey Jude , Proud Mary and that old RSL standby, a Jimmy Webb medley.
The Essential Max Merritt and the Meteors 1969- 70 Max Merritt and the Meteors SonyBMG