Goin' Back

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"Goin' Back"
Single by Dusty Springfield
B-side "I'm Gonna Leave You"
Released July 1, 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded June 15, 1966, Philips Studio, Stanhope Place, London
Genre Pop
Label Philips
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(s) Johnny Franz
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
(1966)
"Goin' Back"
(1966)
"All I See Is You"
(1966)
"Goin' Back"
1967 Dutch picture sleeve.
Single by The Byrds
from the album The Notorious Byrd Brothers
B-side "Change Is Now"
Released October 20, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded October 9, October 11, October 16, 1967, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Baroque pop, country rock
Length 3:26
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(s) Gary Usher
The Byrds singles chronology
"Lady Friend"
(1967)
"Goin' Back"
(1967)
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
(1968)
Music sample
"Going Back"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Going Back
B-side "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
Released 3 December 2010
Format 7" single
Recorded Dinemec Studio, Geneva, 2009/2010
Genre Pop
Length 4:37
Label Atlantic
G 7022
Producer(s) Phil Collins
Phil Collins singles chronology
"(Love Is Like a) Heatwave"
(2010)
"Going Back"
(2010)

"Goin' Back" (aka "Going Back") is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1966.[1] It describes the loss of innocence that comes with adulthood along with an attempt, on the part of the singer, to recapture that youthful innocence.[2][3] The song has been recorded by many different artists, including Dusty Springfield, Goldie Zelkowitz, The Byrds, Elkie Brooks, Deacon Blue, Marianne Faithfull, Bill Drummond (of The KLF), Nils Lofgren, Freddie Mercury (on a Larry Lurex single), The Move, The New Seekers, The Pretenders, Diana Ross, Richard Thompson, Phil Collins and Bon Jovi as well as by Carole King herself.[4]

Dusty Springfield's version[edit]

Although Goldie (of Goldie & The Gingerbreads) was the first artist to record the song, her version was withdrawn following disagreements with Goffin and King over the song's lyrics.[5][6] Carole King then decided to record "Goin' Back" herself but ultimately she offered it to Dusty Springfield instead.[5] Dusty went on to have an international hit with the song and consequently, it is her version that is considered the most well known.[5]

Dusty's version of "Goin' Back" was recorded on June 15, 1966 at Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, with musical accompaniment by Peter Knight and production by Johnny Franz.[7] It was released as a single on July 1, 1966, reaching #10 in the UK Singles Chart but was not released as a single in America.[5][8][9]

Although "Goin' Back" was not included on any of Dusty Springfield's studio albums during the 1960s, it can be found on a number of her compilations, including Greatest Hits, Goin' Back: The Very Best of Dusty Springfield, Songbooks, Complete A and B-sides: 1963–1970, Live at the BBC and the UK version of Golden Hits.[10]

The Byrds' version[edit]

The Byrds' recording of "Goin' Back" was released as a single on October 20, 1967 and reached #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.[11][12] The song was also included on The Byrds' 1968 album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers.[2] Musically, the track shares similarities with other songs on the album such as "Get To You" and "Natural Harmony", through the use of baroque arrangements and instrumentation.[13][14] The track also resembles a subtle country feel; a sound later prominent on Sweetheart of the Rodeo.[2]

The band's decision to record "Goin' Back" led to tensions within the group, principally due to rhythm guitarist David Crosby's lack of enthusiasm towards the song.[13] Crosby considered "Goin' Back" to be lightweight fluff, typical of the Brill Building style of songwriting.[13] He was therefore dismayed to find that his own song "Triad" was in direct competition with "Goin' Back" for a place on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album.[14] Ultimately, Crosby was fired from the band and "Goin' Back" was included on the album and released as a single.[15]

It has been erroneously claimed by some critics that the version of "Goin' Back" found on the single is a completely different take to the one that appeared on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album.[3] However, an examination of The Byrds' recording session logs reveals that, in fact, the single version is the same take as the version found on the album.[16][17] However, the single version does feature a slightly different mono mix, which may have been the cause of this confusion. In addition to the original single release, the mono single mix of "Goin' Back" has also appeared on the 1982 compilation album The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2,[3] the 2002 compilation LP The Columbia Singles '65-'67[18] and the 2012 Japanese CD Original Singles A's & B's 1965 - 1971.

In addition to its appearance on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album, The Byrds' recording of "Goin' Back" can also be found on several Byrds' compilations, including The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II, History of The Byrds, The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2, The Byrds, The Very Best of The Byrds, There Is a Season and the UK version of The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II.[2] Additionally, an early, alternate version of "Goin' Back" was included as a bonus track on the 1997 Columbia/Legacy reissue of The Notorious Byrd Brothers.[14]

Phil Collins version[edit]

In 2010 Phil Collins recorded the song as the title track of his cover version album Going Back. The song was released as the second single to be taken from the album. It would also be the final single of his career.

Personnel
  • Phil Collins – vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals, arrangement
  • Bob Babbitt – bass
  • Eddie Willis – guitar
  • Nicolas & Matthew Collins – fingersnaps
  • The Menuhin Academy – strings

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[19] 45
Germany (Media Control Charts)[20] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 50
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[22] 19

Other cover versions[edit]

Carole King released her own recording of "Goin' Back" on her 1970 album Writer, and later re-recorded the song for her Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King album in 1980.[23][24]

"Goin' Back" was also recorded by Elkie Brooks on her 1982 album Pearls II and by Diana Ross on her Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross album in 2001.[25][26]

Additionally, "Goin' Back" was recorded by Larry Lurex in 1973, featuring vocals by Freddie Mercury.[27] In 2011, Irish footballer Paul McGrath covered "Goin' Back" as part of an album of cover versions, with a percentage of the album's proceeds going to the Acquired Brain Injury Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Ireland.[28]

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band covered "Goin' Back" in concert during a four night stint at The Roxy in Los Angeles on October 15 - 18, 1975.

"Goin' Back" has also been recorded by Eydie Gormé (album: It Was A Good Time/ 1971), the New Seekers (album: Now/ 1973), Nils Lofgren (album: Nils Lofgren/ 1975), and Johnny Logan (album: Straight From the Heart/ 1985).

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Goin' Back by The Byrds review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Notorious Byrd Brothers". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Goin' Back cover versions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d "Lyn Paul - 1966". The Lyn Paul Website. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  6. ^ "Goldie & The Gingerbreads Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Dusty Springfield: The 1960s Recording Sessions". www.wonderboymi.com. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  8. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 838. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  9. ^ "Dusty Springfield Discography 1963–2005". Dusty Springfield: Woman Of Repute. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Goin' Back by Dusty Springfield album appearances". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel. (2008). Top Pop Singles 1955–2006. Record Research Inc. p. 130. ISBN 0-89820-172-1. 
  12. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  13. ^ a b c Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 229. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X. 
  14. ^ a b c Rogan, Johnny. (1997). The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1997 CD liner notes). 
  15. ^ Menck, Ric. (2007). The Notorious Byrd Brothers (3313 series). Continuum Books. pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-8264-1717-5. 
  16. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 623. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X. 
  17. ^ Hjort, Christopher. (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds Day-By-Day (1965–1973). Jawbone Press. p. 148. ISBN 1-906002-15-0. 
  18. ^ "The Columbia Singles '65-'67". Sundazed Records. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  19. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Phil Collins – Going Back" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  20. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Phil Collins > Going Back – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Phil Collins – Going Back". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Phil Collins Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Phil Collins.
  23. ^ "Writer review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  24. ^ "Pearls/Time Gone By review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  25. ^ "Pearls II review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  26. ^ "Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  27. ^ "Freddie Mercury or Larry Lurex". Freddie Mercury: Music? Not Only... Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  28. ^ "Ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa star Paul McGrath begins music career". Metro. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 

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