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Blue Things Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice collection with great sound quality 12 Jan 2005
By Byron Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
RCA finally opened the vaults and let The Bluethings out!!! For 15 years I have waited with great anticipation for this collection to be released, and I must admit the finished product is impressive. The sound quality is far better than the long out of print Bluethings Story Collections, which were taken from vinyl sources, (the only flawed master is for the track, "Man On The Street", it sounds as if the master tape is krinkled as the sound waivers slightly throughout the song). Unlike The Bluethings Story, this collection is limited to the RCA material only. If you are looking for the Damon studio recordings or the Ruff Records releases, stick with The Bluethings Story, most are represented there.

The artwork is full of great color and black & white photos of the group. Most of the pictures used for this release have never been used publicly, (the color photo of the group taken with a fish eye lense on the infamous Carnival Of Souls bridge in Lawerence Kansas really speaks for the style and times in which the band lived). The liner notes, which feature extensive interviews with the surviving member of the band, lend great insight into how the band formed, evolution of the band, what thier live shows were like and what life was like being part of this unique and talented band. Unfortunately like many great bands, The Bluethings had thier share of disagreements and grudges, which also comes through the notes at times. The surviving three members seem to resent the fact that Val Stecklien, (the bands deceased member), receives or received most of the credit for the bands success. This is however a minor point and does not detract from the overall quality of this fine collection.

If you are a Bluethings fan this collection is an absolute must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOST AND FOUND FROM THE MIDWEST 18 April 2010
By Brian Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Blue Things followed a path similar to many great 60's bands from basic energetic R&B to a Beatles influenced sound to folk/rock to psychedelic music. However they were performing this eclectic mix out in Kansas and were virtually unheard outside the midwest.
But now their music is available and it is extremely good. Much of it reminds me of the Beau Brummels at their best. The best song is the psychedelic masterpiece "Orange Rooftop Of Your Mind". Unlike many revered psychedelic songs, it is also very commercial (in parts it sounds like the Monkees).
Frankly most of this has a good commercial sound. In a parallel universe somewhere perhaps the Blue Things are ranked right up there with the Byrds.
At least in this universe the music is now available and it is worth listening to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Things - self-titled (SW - South West) 6 Sep 2013
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A bit similar to the 'Blue Things Story' put on the Collectables label (see my review). I counted (something (like) ten or maybe twelve different songs here that doesn't show up on the 'Blue Things Story' piece. I might wrong about it, but this self-titled CD reissue looks to be the Kansas '60's garage band's sole proper album, giving us the lp's original platter + five added bonus cuts. For a very healthy dose of the Blue Things repertoire - be sure to check out their must-have / 110% essential 'Let The Blue Things Blow Your Mind' 2-CD (see my review) which, I believe has over sixty songs. I've heard all three of these Blue Things titles and I love the way that very few cuts are repeated on all three of these discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Things! 26 July 2012
By c3825 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I know, these aren't The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beau Brummels, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and just keep going damn it. But don't You think that a lot of People have those CD's or Album's ALREADY? I love UNCOMMERCIALIZED music Folks, and that's way I like this band on sound and performance! Man, I'm Still Laughing at the Title Songs though! And just don't be comparing to source and non source in music if You know what I mean! Category Collection! WOW, I mean, is that what We wanted from the start any why? Well, the songs that I like on this Album on RCA Records are, "Don't Ask Me Why ( You Can Say That Again!), "Just Two Days Ago", "Pennies", "Baby My Heart" ( Bobby Fuller Four ), "High Life", "Pretty Thing-OH",( NOW FOR THE BIG CHANGE ), "The Orange Rooftop Of Your Mind", "You Can Live In Our TREE", "You Can't Say We Never Tried" and "One Hour Cleaners"! Real Funny Titles on Songs but Good Band, WOW!, Just like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! Well, if I'm going on this sort of Titles, I'll go ahead and mention about another Group, just for Idea's, and that's this Group called "Markley-A Group"! The Songs I Dig are, "Booker T & His Electric Shock", "Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!", "Roger The Rocket Ship", "Truck Stop" and "Outside Inside". DON'T SMOKE POT, OK?
0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blow(s) Things 12 Mar 2009
By Brian J. Mcmahon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This group is not very good. Derivative Dylan meets Beatles, poorly executed. Sounds like Beau Brummels outtakes at best. Whenever they do have a good song they find a way to ruin it (like some of the Nashville recordings with poorly placed harmonies). If this stuff had been recorded in the early 60's it might be worth mentioning but the fact is a long line of better groups (Dylan, Beatles, Byrds, Beau Brummels) were already on the market. The only thing I liked was the avant-garde Twist and Shout cover. Beware of books that recommend this group, they are simply wrong. [...].
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