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Here's Where I Belong: the Best of the Dunhill Years 1965-1967

P.F. Sloan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B0017R5U1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sins Of A Family
2. Take Me for What I'm Worth
3. What Exactly's The Matter With Me
4. I'd Have To Be Out Of My Mind
5. Eve of Destruction
6. This Mornin'
7. I Get Out of Breath
8. This Is What I Was Made For
9. Ain't No Way I'm Gonna Change My Mind
10. All The Things I Do For You Baby
11. (Goes To Show) Just How Wrong You Can Be
12. What Am I Doing Here With You
13. From a Distance
14. The Man Behind The Red Balloon
15. Let Me Be
16. Here's Where You Belong
17. This Precious Time
18. Halloween Mary
19. I Found A Girl
20. On Top Of A Fence
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* A near-complete anthology of this important singer-songwriter's mid-60s recordings for the Dunhill label.

* As well as writing hits for numerous 60s chart names, Sloan is an accomplished artist in his own right. This CD gathers together the contents of his two Dunhill albums (minus two tracks that he asked to be excluded) and a number of sides that have only previously appeared on 45s.

* Among the highlights are Sloan's own versions of his hit songs `Take Me For What I'm Worth' (the Searchers), `Eve Of Destruction' (Barry McGuire), `I Found A Girl' (Jan and Dean) and `Melody For You' (the Grass Roots).

* Great sleeve notes from Tim Forster are matched by an incredible selection of period photographs, many of which have never been published before.

* This CD has the blessing of P F Sloan. It's hoped that he will be touring the UK again soon to support its release.

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CD Best Of The Dunhill Years 1965-1967

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute - finally! 1 Oct 2008
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This is the compilation that all fans of P.F.Sloan have been waiting for - an almost perfect collection of the artist's work for the Dunhill label in the mid sixties. All that's missing are the last two tracks from Phil's second album - and as there is about 78 minutes worth of material here there was just no room left to squeeze them on!

If I were to have one minor quibble, for collectors, I could suggest that the compilers might have left off material that was also featured on the 1999 American "Anthology" collection on the "One Way" label to leave space for the missing tracks. I would imagine most of Sloan's fans will already own that earlier disc, all of who's 18 tracks are featured again here, plus 9 additional cuts. That would have made it possible for all the material to have finally been available on CD.

However, where this collection scores heavily over the earlier one, apart from the extra material, is the audio quality which makes it sound so much better than it did previously. Tim Forster, who had a big hand in preparing this release, has written a very good review for Amazon in which he explains why this is so. Amazon themselves also have a very informative Product Description for this disc which is well worth reading.

The "Big Beat" label is part of the "Ace" stable which is a guarantee that the research in compiling a collection like this will be thorough and exhaustive. Also, that the sound quality will be as good as possible and from the best audio sources available. This collection lives up to that fine reputation and I doubt that this material could ever be released in a better sounding edition. The accompanying booklet is also well illustrated and very informative, a very good read indeed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I had better declare my interest from the outset - I had a hand in compiling this CD, I also wrote the liner notes and supplied most of the photographs... But at least that proves I'm passionate about the artist, OK?

Of course I'm bound to say that Sloan is an overlooked genius. And I do. I make the case in the CD booklet and you can either take that or leave it. But I'm not alone. No less a song writer than Jimmy Webb paid tribute to him in his 1970 single `PF Sloan'. Sloan was in many ways the prototype singer / songwriter who paved the way for many of those who would find fame a fortune in the ensuing decade.

Even when he is not being overlooked he has often been misunderstood. When Barry McGuire took Sloan's `Eve of Destruction' to number 1 in September 1965 (replacing The Beatles' `Help' and ensuring that Dylan's `Like a Rolling Stone' never made it to the top) he attracted adulation and condemnation in equal measure. Fellow teenagers understood lines like "You're old enough to kill, but not for votin'" - reflecting the disparity between the age of enlistment (18) and voting (21) which existed in most US States at the time - but to the folk / protest establishment it was, in Phil Och's words, "tenth-rate Dylan".

But Sloan was never a pretender to Dylan's crown. He wasn't a protest singer. He didn't even write folk music as such. He was a pop craftsman who, along with writing partner Steve Barri, composed some of the finest music to emerge from Los Angeles in the mid to late 60s. And here it is at last for all to hear, including the original version of `Eve', Sloan's own minor hit `Sins Of A Family' and songs that were covered by many others artists, such as The Searchers, The Turtles and The Grass Roots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dunhill's Greatest Hits 20 April 2011
By Richard
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Glancing at the sleeve it just looks like a heap of covers.Yet its not-these are the hit songs by the guy who wrote them-the former Fantastic Baggy PHilip Sloane who had begun his career as possibly the only white man on the Aladdin label.At the same time Steve Barri was cutting high school pop for the Rona label and sending songs to labels like Colpix where the Nortones' Suzie Jones became the first.Colpix was where Barri teamed up with Carol Connors to form the Storytellers.A year or so later came possibly the first Sloan/Barri song with Round Robin's Kick that little foot Sally Anne
On the strength of his surf songs he was signed as a staff writer for the new Dunhill label and the owner Lou Adler handed Sloan a pile of Dylan albums and ordered him to copy the songs.He came up with Eve of Destruction and Sins of a Family.
At first Eve was handed to the Turtles as a follow up to their first hit but though they passed on the idea it became a track on their It Ain't Me Babe LP.
Barry McGuire was a new signing at Dunhill and direct from the New Christy Minstrels and it was his recording of the song which topped the charts.A song which I rate as so great it makes me feel happy just thinking about it and knowing its there.A song more relevant today than ever and which McGuire still does.The song made McGuire a member of the One Hit Wonder Club but his followup Upon a Painted Ocean was just as good.
Sloan masqueraded as the first Grass Roots before a regular band whose hit career would last well into the 70s.
He made Sins of the Family himself-his only U K hit.This song had a cover by Murray the K
Here then is the results of that 3 years in the limelight.It came to an end by 1970 when new writer Jimmy Webb recorded the first tribute song P F Sloan
Today after 30 years of silence there's a new album and even an Ace collection called The Songs of Sloan & Barri
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treasure! Dunhill material in best quality yet! 30 Jun 2008
By Michael I. Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is the P. F. Sloan Dunhill material in the best quality yet! This really is a top-notch CD with wonderful packaging to boot. Tim Forster wrote the superb liner notes and supplied a bunch of previously unpublished photos of Sloan and Steve Barri in the studio and P. F. in various other locales. These photos are worth the price of admission alone, but there's still more, including scans of album cover art, sheet music. record labels and picture sleeves from around the globe!

The sound is so much better than the only other CD release of most of this material - the long out of print P. F. Sloan Anthology on One Way from 1993. Everything here is from the original recording sources and the improvement is dramatic. For one thing, I've never heard the bass guitar on these tracks as well as I do here, especially on the stereo tracks from the Twelve More Times album. The sound is now so very clear and present. This clarity has helped me appreciate other things on the recordings as well, for example, the piano on "From A Distance". I don't think I ever really appreciated how cool this piano part is before. It has a jazzy Floyd Kramerish feel to it that really makes this great 'shoulda-been-a-hit' song even greater.

To top things off are five non-LP single tracks that make an absolutely brilliant finish to this release. The first three, "City Women", "A Melody For You", "Sunflower, Sunflower" [another 'woulda-coulda-shoulda-been-a-hit'] are in newly created first time ever stereo mixes by Andrew Sandoval - with help from Bill Inglot, that have a depth that makes the tracks come alive. The last two tracks, "Karma [Study Of Divinations]" and "I Can't Help But Wonder, Elizabeth" are in mono from the original single masters. I've never heard either song sound as good.

This will suffice until the Deluxe multi-disc verson I'm dreaming of, which will have the two missing tracks plus everything in mono and stereo mixes for completists like me.

What a treasure!

- Mike Griffiths
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a P.F. flier 7 Sep 2008
By Robert S. Estes - Published on Amazon.com
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P.F. Sloan, teenage songwriter,hooked up with Steve Barri, master of melody, and they wrote terrific genre pop hits like surf "Summer Means Fun", "Tell 'em I'm Surfin" and great rock songs, "Secret Agent Man", Turtles "Let Me Be".

P.F. got signed to upstart Dunhill Records as a writer and began composing songs of the life and times of the 60's. Hits kept a'comin', most importantly the anthem, "Eve of Destruction". Barry McGuire had the #1 hit and it allowed P.F. to record his songs on his own.

This CD is a complilation of P.F.'s first two LPs, hard to find on vinyl, esp. rare on CD. Fingered pointed as a Dylan pretenter to the folk throne, P. F. was in a long line of lingering losers in that lyric race. This CD shows P.F. as a singular voice, with an ability to set a place and time. He had the prestige but not the performance to get a top 40 hit on his own.

It is important to note that Dunhill Records had a distinct sound. Mamas and Papas, Grass Roots, and others on the label all had that same guitars mid range, bass back, drum filled, vocals clear and immediate.Dunhill had a signature of artists and songs that started out slow, built up to a half cresendo,Fake out! back to soft then hard, then slow fade. (Some historians might wanna criss/cross Nirvana). These songs from P.F.'s 1966 LPs show that he was in the forefront of that sound. The first several songs are in pristine Mono, the rest in the Dunhill stereo separation. True 1960's HiFi!

There is a comprehensive booklet that comes with CD. It is Rock history at its quirky best and recommended. Supreme songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote a song about P.F., that's how important his story is to some.

Uhmm, the songs..
Maybe 15 out of the 27 are worth a second listen. Maybe 10 out of those, a third. Still, "Eve Of Destruction", "Let Me Be", "Sins of a Family", and "On Top of a Fence" are worth the purchase.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 30 Jun 2008
By Todd J. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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A must-have reissue of P.F. Sloan's first two 60's lps + his great non-lp 45 sides from the 60's. A couple of songs from the lps have been left off due to cd space constraints, but with the blessing of the artist. I think Phil Sloan was the greatest songwriter of the 60's (he's still great these days, too) and it's with great excitement that I heard about this release. I find it hard to believe that these amazing songs have been out of print since the mid-sixties, but at least they're available now. I think the tape restoration/mastering is really good on these--everything sounds great to me. Every song is a flat-out winner on this cd--if you haven't heard these songs, you're in for a very pleasant surprise. For me, hearing Phil Sloan's songs has been a real life-changer and a huge inspiration. I hope the same thing awaits you....
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence! C'est tres bon! 3 July 2008
By Shell Proskow - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb from start to finish! The wait for the reissue of these two solo albums plus the single gems included was certainly worth it. Every song is a great listening experience which leaves you wanting more. The incredible talent and creativity of PF Sloan is evident and what one can't help but notice is the amazing versatility this artist possesses.

The outstanding packaging sets the stage for excellent sound and some of the best songs to ever come out of the 60's. Songs that will take you back you to an era, but the timeless beauty of much of this singer/songwriter's work will bring you to the present where you will definitely enjoy hearing these tunes over and over again.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance! 7 July 2008
By GLORIA LIM - Published on Amazon.com
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Sheer brilliance from this very special musical genius!!!!

Every one of these songs is like a sparkling, shining diamond of the highest caliber, set in an impeccable, elegant background of platinum. The gorgeous arrangement of the liner notes, the wonderful write up by Tim Forster which provides a detailed background and history of the artist, and the large display of rare pictures all serve well in supporting the main event...a magical array of priceless music!

This package of P.F. Sloan's first two albums and 45's was put together lovingly by all involved, and the meticulous remastering of the songs allows the listener to hear details of some of the songs which were not audible in previous compilation releases, and to hear some songs for the first time since originally released.

My very own personal favorite song on this release is "A Melody for You." For the first time ever, I can hear Mr. Sloan humming toward the end of the song! Having listened to a compilation version of it for the last five years, I never had the pleasure of hearing his wonderful voice at this point in the song until now.

This release is a must have for all P.F. Sloan fans, an incredible addition to their collections, and a great introduction for future fans to this beautiful artist's works.
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