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The Complete Reprise Singles

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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't It Hard
2. Little Olive
3. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
4. Luvin'
5. Get Me to the World On Time
6. Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoyin' It Less)
7. Dr. Do-Good
8. Hideaway
9. The Great Banana Hoax
10. Wind-up Toys
11. Everybody Knows (You're Not in Love)
12. You've Never Had It Better
13. Sanctus
14. Credo
15. Shadows
16. Help Us (Our Father, Our King)
17. The Adoration
18. Hey Mr. President
19. Flowing Smoothly
20. Violent Rose
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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The Electric Prunes' singles were punchier than their album counterparts, and were, above all, mono-yet to date, no legitimate collection has ever compiled these singles, many of which have never been on CD in their original mix. Now, for the first time, Real Gone Music has assembled all 23 of their original single sides for Reprise, which span several band line-ups and several legendary producers (Dave Hassinger, David Axelrod) with very different visions, yet remain of remarkably consistent high quality. Richie Unterberger's notes include commentary from the band and photos from lead vocalist James Lowe's private archive.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mikesparkie on 7 Nov. 2012
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This is what I call a blast from the past! ( Thirty years on )I can not find my original 45 records so I decided to look on amazon
for re-placements!Low and behold All their singles had been re-mastered to CD Well pleased!

Many thanks amazon.

Regards mikesparkie
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Mono mixes of the Electric Prunes' singles 1966-69 11 July 2012
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For those who weren't there in '66 and '67, the oldies radio shorthand for the Electric Prunes has been their one big hit, "I Had to Much to Dream (Last Night)," as anthologized (as the lead off track, no less) on Lenny Kaye's legendary Nuggets compilation. The few strokes of shading inclues their chart follow-up, "Get Me to the World on Time," and an oft-anthologized ad for Vox Wah-Wah pedals. It's an abbreviation that shortchanges the band's recorded legacy. Reissues of their albums along with single- and double-disc compilations (including Birdman's Lost Dreams and Rhino's Too Much to Dream) expanded the group's posthumous reputation, and are now joined by this collection of twenty-four mono single mixes. As a group whose tenure spanned across AM Top 40 and the birth of underground FM radio, their singles are just as interesting as the stereo album tracks.

Like several other groups of their era, including the Chocolate Watchband and Grass Roots, the Electric Prunes name was applied to several wholly different aggregations of musicians. The original lineup shifted subtly through the group's first two albums (I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) and Underground), but with their third, the David Axelrod-produced orchestral Mass in F Major, the original band essentially broke up. The album was completed with studio musicians, and its follow-up, Release of an Oath, was produced similarly by Axelrod. The final album released under the Electric Prunes name, Just Good Old Rock and Roll, was recorded by a newly recruited group of musicians, wholly unrelated to the original lineup.

The singles gathered here span all three eras of the Electric Prunes - variations of the original lineup on the first two albums (1-12, 15 and 24), the Axelrod years (13-17), and the "new and improved" lineup (18-23). Original members James Lowe and Mark Tulin appeared on two of Axelrod's productions ("Sanctus" and "Credo"), but the compositions and productions are so far divorced from the group's earlier garage psych as to be nearly unidentifiable as the same band. The new lineup held on to only hints of the original group's roots, bringing hard rock, boogie, funk and soul sounds to the Electric Prunes name.

As latter-day prune Richard Whetstone notes, the group's identity remains anchored to the garage psych of their hit single and first two albums; the follow-on material remains more curious footnotes than integral parts of the legend. The collection's rarest find, the one-sided single "Shadows" (from the film The Name of the Game is Kill) turned up on Rhino's earlier compilation (along with mono mixes of the band's early A-sides), but here proves itself the last gasp of the original Electric Prunes sound. Getting the group's entire legacy of mono singles (including the bleeped-for-airplay version of "You've Never Had it Better") is a great find for collectors, but those new to the group's catalog should start with the first two albums. [©2012 Hyperbolium]
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
sounds that shake and rock 27 Jun. 2012
By Ward J. Lamb - Published on
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I have been a big fan since I first heard the Electric Prunes.These mono mixes sound fresh as can be. The Psychedelic sounds are clear and have a great sense of mono dimensional. This is a band that still has a sound that should motivate any pure rock loving person.Rhino real gone has done an exceptional job in releasing this 24 track gem. Long live those Electric Prunes!It's that sonic bumble bee electric guitar that drives me wild!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth owning twice over 2 April 2014
By Bruce Eder - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I must've missed this release two years ago, because I found it for the first time at a branch of Barnes & Noble last week, and it's not only a lot of fun in the listening, but informative in the annotation. The Electric Prunes were one of those bands whose name -- good as it was -- was almost a distraction from who and what they were (i.e., a first-rate garage/psych punk band with some lingering folk elements in their line-up and sound). I personally have done a little bit of theater, enacting a scene I've imagined many times, of Frank Sinatra in his office on the phone, telling someone, "Oh yeah, them Electric Grapes -- Nancy and Sammy tell me the kids all go for that sound . . . . " They made some good music, a lot of which is represented on their singles, which are presented here in their authentic mono totality, even the one true rarity in their output. But equal to the merits of the music is Richie Unterberger's annotation, which tells the behind-the-scenes stories about these releases and what was really going on. And that's not only informative, but fascinating. In any case, buying this is a kind of no-brainer for anyone with taste or curiosity.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Electric Prunes - 'The Complete Reprise Singles' (Real Gone Music) 25 Sept. 2013
By Mike Reed - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Just when you think you might own everything ever done by the Electric Prunes, they put out this twenty-four track collection of their singles - mastered onto one must-own CD. These specific edits from the Prunes do sound a bit different from the original album versions. Reason is (according to vocalist James Lowe) is that the sound engineers at the studio - where these cuts were initially laid down at - actually stepped out into a parked car in the parking lot to ~make sure~ these mixes would be suitable for fans and listeners while they were on the road. In other words - these tunes were meant to be ideal to enjoy while driving. Reason(s) that I, for one didn't immediately recognize several of these songs were that a number of them are from the band's third album 'Mass In F Minor' plus some were from a couple of the Prune's lesser-known (perhaps) less-favored lp's 'Release Of An Oath' ('68) and 'Just Good Old Rock & Roll' ('69). There is one track here - the catchy "Help Us (Our Father, Our King)" that I just do not remember at all. My guess is that it's likely to be a previously unreleased B-side or something. So highly recommended, I nearly get dizzy just thinking about it.
The Complete Reprise Singles - Electric P 29 Mar. 2013
By RWstone - Published on
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Great collection of singles from the Electric Prunes! This wide variety of tracks represents the most complete recording history of the group. The Complete Reprise Singles is a complete package with detailed liner notes and photos acknowledging several membership changes throughout the years - this is the definitive story of the evolution of the group.
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