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|1. Don't Worry Be Happy|
|2. All I Want|
|3. Drive My Car|
|4. Simple Pleasures|
|5. Good Lovin'|
|6. Come To Me|
|7. Susie Q|
|9. Them Changes|
|10. Sunshine Of Your Love|
Don't Worry, Be Happy" is the opening tune of a collection of multi tracked songs on which all the voices are Bobby McFerrin's. Five originals including the title track "Simple Pleasures" are interwoven with "Drive My Car" (Lennon/ McCartney), "Good Lovin'," "Susie Q," "Them Changes" (Buddy Miles) and Sunshine Of Your Love. Throughout this recording is the percussive chest thump which Bobby pioneered and really must be considered the origin of innovative vocal percussion which has become so important to contemporary a cappella.
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This is an excellent album from beginning to end and showcases Bobby McFerrin's talents at their finest. Did I mention that all of the above music was performed with vocals only? This makes listening to "Simple Pleasures" all the more intriguing.
Here's the song that I wrote... I mean, that won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1988. I heard that McFerrin wasn't too chuffed about Bush Sr. using it on his campaign. Maybe he should've let Dukakis use it. Utilizing a reggae sound and spoken rap and monologue, "Don't Worry Be Happy" advises people to do just that: "in every life we have some trouble/but when you worry you make it double." He predicts that things will get better, so if you "ain't got no cash, ain't got no style, ain't got a gal to make you smile", well... you know what to do.
Some bluesy inflections and doo-wop come in the funk-driven beat-box melody of "All I Want".
In his cover of the Beatles' "Drive My Car", his pulsing noodling vocal bass is prominent, as is his approximation of the falsetto harmonies the Fabs did. A fun interpretation.
Some doo-wop influences come in on the title track, where he does a singsong commentary on a day in his life, such as getting up early in the morning, prepping his kids for school,... and he says that the simple pleasures are the things that make him happy.
His cover of the Rascals' "Good Lovin'" is engaging and comical when he does the falsetto chorus, set to his usual bass and chest tapping.Read more ›
I wonder if "A music fan from NY" bothered to listen to the whole album. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is the first cut and easily disposed of. In the right mood, or to certain listeners, it can hit the spot, but it's easily the least interesting tune on the album (save, perhaps, for "Come to Me"). I suspect McFerrin himself shares "music fan"'s low opinion of the piece: I have seen him live in concert eight times and he has never once sung that song. That's probably why he released it to a rental car company for their TV ads.
There are several fabulous cuts that more than make up for the hit single. "Drive," which is probably just cool on disc, is amazing when McFerrin riffs on it live. Most of the cover tunes are pretty arresting, especially McFerrin's vocal rendition of a screaming lead guitar on "Sunshine Of Your Love," but probably don't wear that well over time. I've always liked Creedence's "Suzie Q," so McFerrin's version, with a spooky bass rhythm/harmony line, still gets me. And yet another Beatles cover (there's one on each of the two preceding albums) done well.
I bought this CD for the song "Drive", which I heard on Saturday Night Live and is the best live performance I have ever seen. (How many people do you know that can sing two notes at once? And in harmony, no less!) While it sounds great on the CD, it's absolutely nothing compared to the live version. Mcferrin uses multiple dubs on this CD, so I don't think it really shows how talented he is. Much better is an album like "The Voice," which is live and has no dubs.
Still, there are some songs on this CD that stand up to multiple listenings, such as the great Beatles cover "Drive My Car," "Simple Pleasures," the aforementioned "Drive," and "All I Want." Others are worth listening to once or twice but are rather forgettable.
Most recent customer reviews
When I heard this ,I was totally electrified by his unique voice.This real genius can expand the vocal expression into another dimension. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Sound Profiler
This is such a sweet album! Each track has a polished sound with incredible Bobby McFerrin style. Tracks like "Drive" show a certain darkness with deep melodic depth. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Damien Margo
Bobby McFerrin has an unbelievable voice, and Simple Pleasures never ceases to amaze me. True, "Don't Worry Be Happy" has not aged very well, but it's a pleasant song, to say the... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by rockthebells
Enough time has past to admit that "Don't Worry Be Happy" is a fun song. Despite its omnipresent airplay this clever little song is really catchy and has fun with its basic... Read morePublished on June 26 2001 by J. Carroll
This first album by Bobby to thrust him into the spot light. A true pioneering musical endevor. His incredible ability to hold melody and rhythm with one voice is unique and... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1999 by Limbo89@hotmail.com
This is the album on which Bobby McFerrin released the unspeakable song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Without a doubt the worst song of the 1980s.Published on July 7 1999