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Come On Down - The Complete MGM Recordings Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Now Sounds
  • ASIN: B007XCH1AU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come On Down To My Boat
2. I Won't
3. For Brandy
4. Didn't She Lie
5. What Became Of Mary
6. Ain't It A Drag
7. Allison Dozer
8. I Believe In You
9. Ain't No Use
10. Sittin' Here (Peter's Tune)
11. Come Here Queenie
12. Rainflowers
13. Another Day, Another Song
14. Dolls In The Clock
15. I May Be Right
16. Only Child
17. I d Rather Be Right Than Wrong
18. Sally (Life Story #3)
19. Pony With The Golden Mane
20. The Proper Four Leaf Clover
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

EVERY MOTHERS’ SON—best known for their Summer of Love Top 10 hit “Come On Down To My Boat Baby”—was born in Greenwich Village in the spring of 1966. Brothers Lary and Dennis Larden decided to fuse their folk background with rock elements, adding organist Bruce Milner, bassist Schuyler Larsen, and drummer Christopher Augustine to the mix to create a fantastic, Monkees/Turtles-esque pop outfit.
Included here are their two WES FARRELL-produced, 1967 LPs: Every Mothers’ Son and Every Mothers’ Son’s Back; the latter of which was even more creatively ambitious than their debut and has never before been issued on CD—until NOW! Also included is their only non-LP single, ‘No One Knows.’ From the original master tapes! The 16-page, full-colour booklet includes rare, previously-unpublished photos, and extensive liner notes featuring the participation of original band members.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Levy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2012
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Now Sounds presents the only 2 albums made by this short-lived, one hit wonder group who wrote a very decent hook laden, bouncy pop song, 'Come On Down To My Boat' - a deserved hit and their finest moment. 'Alison Dozer' pinches the riff from 'Til The End Of The Day'; 'Didn't She Lie' and 'I Won't' are from the same stable as 'Come On Down' but not as good. Unfortunately, the boys also dabbled in some unforgivable schmaltz: 'What Became Of Mary' is surely a contender for worst pop song ever. 'Brandy' sounds like someone had been over-dosing on The Byrd's version of 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. Their second album opens with a genuine burst of sunshine pop, 'Rainflowers'. The prevailing trend of psychedelics can be heard in the child-like 'Dolls Clock' and the groovy 'Put Your Mind At Ease'. The band's roots in New York's Greenwich Village is heard in 'I May Be Right'. 'The Proper Four Leaf Clover' approaches the heights of 'Come On Down To My Heart'. The doom-laden, heavy folk number 'Only Child' features an out-of place but welcome run of fuzz guitar. 'I'd Rather Be Wrong' would have been a hit for The Monkees.

The sleeve notes and pictures are a joy, and more importantly the re-mastering is glorious.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P A Edwards on 25 Mar. 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas present for an American music guru. He had not come across the group before, and was thrilled with the collection
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Geesh. Tough crowd. 27 April 2014
By RNR Scrapbook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Everybody's being a little overcritical of the Sons here. Even the most positive review says "If you only know them for the one song, you might be a little disappointed" (???). A little backstory here. I've had both EMS albums for about 20 years now and I've thought from the first time I dropped the needle on them that they deserved a proper reissue. I drafted a letter to the major reissue labels and was preparing to mount a campaign to get "Every Mothers' Son" and "Every Mothers' Son's Back" on CD.

Then I found out Collectables was putting out a CD and I ripped up those letters. I shouldn't have. What came out had a horrible cover, crappy sound, liner notes based on a 10-year-old magazine article, and was merely the first album with bonus tracks from the second album's singles. So I burned my LPs to CD, and made my own reissue. 20 years later, Now Sounds put out an Every Mothers' Son CD that looks very much like my own self-made album, but sounds and looks 20x better.

Sure, there might not be anything absolutely MINDBLOWING on this CD, but what is on here is premium '60s pop rock, drawing on a variety of styles and influences. There are shades of the Beatles, the Monkees, the Turtles, the Kinks, Peter & Gordon, the Association, pretty much all the great groups of the era. The second album is mellower, sunnier, folkier and maybe even poppier, with some tracks verging on country-rock or the very edges of gentle psychedelia. Overall, the melodies are catchy, the playing tight, the harmonies impeccable, and the lyrics clever and not too far out.

Standout tracks for me include the hit (a perfect 1967 record), "Allison Dozer" (probably the hardest rocking number), "Ain't It A Drag" (college-age non-political protest), "What Became Of Mary?" (wistful and sublime acoustic pop), "I Won't" (obligatory put-down song), "Come On Queenie" (Wild West-flavored borderline novelty song a la "Lady Godiva" or "Knight In Rusty Armour"), "Rainflowers" (which kicks off their second album in a similar bag to "Boat"), "I May Be Wrong (But I May Be Right)" (a Dick Weissman song from the Larden Brothers folk club days), the whimsical "Pony With The Golden Mane," and "Dolls In The Clock," perhaps the most "psychedelic" song on the whole disc. The only real misstep on the CD (and the second of the two albums from which it was culled) is the closing throwaway track "Lary's Birthday Party," a bit of studio cutting-up on par with what the Beach Boys used to pad their LPs with.

Luckily, "Lary's Birthday Party" is followed on this CD by "No One Knows," a non-LP b-side. It was recorded in 1968 and sounds like it. It's probably the most "mature" cut they recorded, and the "heavy" production sound beefs up what is otherwise a melancholy minor-key harmony ballad.

The liner notes, as can be expected, are much improved over the Collectables reissue's barebones People magazine back-page blurb, with track by track commentary from band members, and scads of rare photographs of the nice clean cut boys who posed on their album covers wearing letter sweaters. Part of the reason their success didn't continue was that they insisted on writing their own material for the second album, loosening producer Wes Farrell's grip on their sound and image, not unlike the Monkees break from Don Kirschner (but far less acrimoniously). Every Mothers' Son's final gig was a high school prom in Connecticut in 1969.

All these years later, the group are finally getting their due, and the CD reissue they deserve. Incidentally, if you still live close to Woodstock, NY, you can get your teeth examined by Dr. Bruce Milner, DDS, who not only stayed in dental college throughout the band's pop star years (and "brushed twice after every meal"), he got his degree and became a dentist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One Good Song? 2 May 2013
By R. J. Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nice collection of two albums and a bonus track on one CD. If it is only the one track you know, then perhaps you will be disappointed. However all of it sounds very nice, it is playing as I write this. Sound quality is good, if not excellent for content created way back in 1967. The sound to me is in the Pop Rock, up tempo bouncy side of the spectrum. A nice slice of the later '60s, organ sounds like it should for the period. It was the best that could be done at the time. After all, we have been to the moon and back several times since this was recorded.

So it is what it is. Every Mother's Son is not the Beatles, nor the Stones, just a clean cut bunch of guys that got together and had a good time, and recorded a few albums. Not an A level group, perhaps not even a B level band, but nice enough to be enjoyed for what it is. Are they all hits here, no. Did you expect them to be? Just pure fun music... as music was intended to be. If you are old enough to know of EMS you won't be disappointed. If you are collecting 1960's era music this will fit right in. They sound a bit like the Association to me, if that helps defining the sound. A nice enough addition to my collection.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love this CD 25 Aug. 2013
By D. K. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have this album. I loved the song Come on Down to my Boat but that was the only radio hit they ever had. Too bad because this is one of those rare LP's where every song is good. With the bonus of their second LP this was a great purchase and the shipping time was very good as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun music! 9 May 2013
By Sean Kushins - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic albums from the original master tapes! Get it, you will love it. I sure did. Wish they recorded even more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
trebly, some songs have truncated fade-outs 3 Oct. 2013
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The voices and instruments are much clearer than on the vinyl version, but the mix is very trebly. I noticed that some songs are "force-faded" out which cuts them short by about two seconds. I've noticed this type of truncation on another compilation, that one of work by Santana.
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