Sonny Day: The Collection (Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

Sonny Day: Things Will Be Different (1964)
Sonny Day: The Collection (Ode)

It's a shame that it took Sonny Day's death last year to prompt this compilation, as one of this country's great journeyman musicians his career spanned from the early days of rock'n'roll and then through the Beatles/Motown era when he effortless shifted his style, taking in country and soulful material, and in '85 covered Springsteen's little known Saving Up.
Sonny Day was a man who moved with the times, which was to his credit.
However it doesn't make for an especially coherent collection in these 15 tracks which come with a helpful booklet outlining that musically itinerant career.
Kicking off with Saving Up it flips back through the decades so MOR string-enhanced material sits alongside bluesy sounds, country cornerstones like Wolverton Mountain, early 60s yakety-sax on The Minimum Wage (a kissing cousin to Merle Travis' classic 16 Tons), Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, Merseyside-influenced pop (Baby Jane, Tell Me Why, Things Will Be Different) and even The Hawaiian Wedding Song.
The remarkable thing about Day is that he was quite convincing in each genre.
Yes, it barely stands still musically -- but then neither did Sonny Day I guess.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music at Elsewhere articles index

Charlotte Yates; Archipelago (Universal)

Charlotte Yates; Archipelago (Universal)

For over a decade Wellington's Charlotte Yates put her energy into setting words by James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare and Witi Ihimaera to music by all-star casts, but only managed two albums of her... > Read more

Rufus Wainwright: All Days Are Nights; Songs for Lulu (Decca)

Rufus Wainwright: All Days Are Nights; Songs for Lulu (Decca)

It's perhaps enough to note that this is Art Music in which Wainwright sings largely chorus-free, sweeping lyrics over the top of grandiose and often grandiloquent solo piano and addresses the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grant Haua and Mike Barker of Swamp Thing

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grant Haua and Mike Barker of Swamp Thing

The duo is a well-established format in pop, rock and blues. A line runs from the Everly Brothers and Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee to the White Stripes, Black Keys and local acts like the... > Read more

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT REVIEWED (2020): Doing a time warp again

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT REVIEWED (2020): Doing a time warp again

Beneath today’s creative, often innovative music across the spectrum lies a bedrock audience that prefers the comfort of the familiar. Witness Sir Elton John on his three-year... > Read more