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Got You on My Mind

Got You on My Mind is a jazz album by William Galison and Madeleine Peyroux, recorded in 1999, and later compiled into an album by Galison alone in 2003. Seven of its eleven tracks are by the two collaborators, the remainder are by Galison alone.

The album is made up of a wide variety of material, ranging from jazz standards like Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' "The Way You Look Tonight" to pop songs like John Lennon's "Jealous Guy"; and containing two originals by Galison and one by Galison and Peyroux. The instrumentation is also varied, with Galison himself playing six different instruments. Some of the songs are early demo recordings of songs Peyroux later released on Careless Love


Tha album has a controversy-ridden history. In late 2005 it became known that Peyroux and her record label had been sued for $1,000,000 by her former boyfriend and musical collaborator Galison, who had produced and co-created Got You on My Mind. According to Rounder Records' legal department, Peyroux and her lawyer presented a seven-track EP, Got You on My Mind, to them as a demo, owned exclusively by Peyroux. When Galison challenged this assertion, Peyroux's lawyers threatened to sue him and his distributor for copyright infringement. They have since dropped the charge of copyright infringement. The accusations elicited a lawsuit against Peyroux and her lawyers for libel and tortuous interference, as they led Galison's own distributors to pull out of involvement with the album. Galison also sued the Rounder Records but has since dropped their name from the suit. Peyroux has since countersued Galison for several million dollars for among other things, using her name without permission to increase CD sales, and for not paying her royalties. Galison claims that he has every intention of paying royalties to Peyroux when he earns a profit, but that after paying about $80,000 for production of the CD and about $50,000 in legal fees to fight Peyroux's efforts to prevent sales, he has not yet broken even on his investment. If Galison wins the lawsuit for tortuous interference, as "co-creator" Peyroux may be entitled to one third of the penalty against her.

Track listing

All songs written by William Galison; unless otherwise noted

  1. "Back in Your Own Back Yard" (Dreyer/Jolson/Rose) - 2:34
  2. "J'Ai Deux Amours" (Conger/Scotto/Vanna) - 3:17
  3. "Flambee Montalbanese" (Gus Viseur) - 3:03
  4. "Got You on My Mind" (Biggs/Thomas) - 4:18
  5. "Jealous Guy" (John Lennon) - 3:41
  6. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields/Jerome Kern) - 3:04
  7. "Rag for Madi" - 3:19
  8. "Playin'" (Galison/Peyroux) - 4:42
  9. "Shoulda Known" - 5:09
  10. "Heaven to Me" (Reardon/Schweikart) - 4:05
  11. "Heaven Help Us All" (Miller) - 4:32

(Recorded at Excello, Brooklyn, New York in March 2003 by Hugh Pool, except 3, recorded at Tonstudio Schlag in 1999 by Wolfgang Lohmeier.)


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