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Lost In My Dream: An Anthology 1968-1974 (2CD) [Original recording remastered]

Spooky Tooth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0024F1378
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Weird
2. Sunshine Help Me
3. Society's Child
4. It's All About a Roundabout
5. Here I Lived So Well
6. Tobacco Road
7. Love Really Changed Me
8. Luger's Groove
9. The Weight
10. When I Get Home
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hosanna
2. The Wrong Time
3. I Am the Walrus
4. Son of Your Father
5. The Last Puff
6. Wildfire
7. Times Have Changed
8. Cotton Growing Man
9. Ocean of Power
10. As Long As the World Keeps Turning
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPOOKY TOOTH'S DREAM ANTHOLOGY 5 Oct 2011
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If you are at all interested in Spooky Tooth this is an essential purchase. The set covers the major tracks from albums of the period plus a couple of previously unissued pieces that are also very good. That cannot always be said of previously unissed material that crops up on this type of release. I recall Spooky Tooth from the period and they really should have been more commercially successful than they were. "Sunshine Help Me" was a stand out track from Island's first sampler "You Can All Join In". For those unfamiliar with the Spooky Tooth sound on that track imagine the Righteous Brothers going psyche, in a good way that is!

As well as writing their own material Spooky Tooth did cover a number of songs including "Tobacco Road", "The Weight", "Son of Your Father" and "I Am The Walrus" (which featured on another Island Compilation if I remember correctly. These covers were not just run-throughs, the band made them their own and turned them into something quite different from the originals. From their psyche beginnings to masterly prog with a touch of wierdness with a French avant garde composer (along the lines of the Electric Prunes Mass in F minor in concept possibily but musically on a much higher level) this set shows the range of Spooky Tooths ambition and musicality.

Informative sleeve notes and the recording sounds lovely. I don't know whether there's been any remastering or whether this simply reflects the care taken at the time but as you'd expect from the Cherry Red/Esoteric Records, the job's been beautifully done. A great buy.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Spookyfying 19 Oct 2009
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Excellent Anthology of one of my all-time favorite bands Spooky Tooth.
There are several rare previously unreleased single tracks and studio recordings plus a retrospective from all of their 7 albums recorded between 1968-1974.
A definitive must for all Spooky Tooth fans.
Rock on.
George "Spooky" Fazakas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musicfan 22 Feb 2014
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Good and underrated band from the late sixties. Hard to categorise but all the more refreshing for that, exceptional vocals from the 2 lead singers and excellent musicianship, perhaps the reason they werent more popular is because of the above, all their contemporaries were being labelled as hard rock or progressive, they strike me as being similar to Procol Harum another band with excellent songs and musicians who were difficult to pigeon hole.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERLATIVE COLLECTION - THE TOOTH`S FINEST! 29 Aug 2009
By donkey_shot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to some of the self-righteous comments made here by people who readily admit to neither having seen nor heard this Spooky Tooth set (!), this is a superlative compilation and has well been worth the decades-long wait.

Spooky Tooth as a band were definitely one of a kind and one of very few that come to mind to feature a twin lead vocal attack (Mike Harrison/Gary Wright). Add to this the fact that, with Mountain, Vanilla Fudge and Black Sabbath, Spooky Tooth were most distinguished members of the heavy rock pantheon of their time.

The track selection is very well balanced between all the band`s official releases, with a somewhat larger selection made from their first two (and best) albums. Contrary, again, to other comments, there is nothing wrong with dropping two of eight tracks from an album when compiling a set, even if the album in question is "Spooky Two". A few rare non-album singles ("The Weight", "Weird") and unreleased tracks were thrown in for good measure and added value.

My only personal quibble is with the exclusion of the classic "That Was Only Yesterday", but then again, another listener will find "The Mirror" to be over-represented - a criticism I would have to disagree with, as the Tooth`s final effort was a very fine one indeed - and unfairly underrated by many a fan at the time (yours truly included!).

In all, a very fine Spooky Tooth compilation indeed and well worthy of an earful if early 70s heavy rock riffage with thundering organ and dual lead vocals is your idea of rock`n`roll bliss!
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives a Good Picture of a Band with a Turbulent History 17 Aug 2014
By Morten Vindberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2 CD compilation covers Spoky Tooth’s releases on Island Records during 1968-1974.

Although the group's albums were quite different in terms of both style and quality more or less equal focus is put on the six albums, the somewhat weird "Ceremony" understandably has only a single contribution.

The group's first album "It's All About" is a bit of a shambles and in many ways a typical debut album, which might suggest several different future musical directions.

Janis Ian's otherwise excellent teenage song "Society's Child" comes out in Spooky Tooths edition somewhat overplayed. The strongest contributions from this album are "It's All About Roundabout" and "Love Really Changed Me".

The group released on a 1968 single a fine version of the Band's "The Weight". But otherwise it's the group's second album "Spooky Two" that that they truly blossom. All eight songs could in my view have been selected, as it is an incredibly consistent. Here the group both instrumentally and vocally demonstrate its great strength and energy. The album was produced by Jimmy Miller and you easily get Traffic in your thoughts, when you listen to this aslbum. Unfortunately, the line-up changed, as bassist Greg Ridley entered in Humble Pie and guitarist Luther Grosvenor left for Stealers Wheel and later Mott the Hoople. Also drummer Mike Kellie was out periods, and replaced Bryson Graham.

The group's third album "The Last Puff"; the fourth, if you include the odd Pierre Henry collaboration "Ceremony", which was close to being a musical suicide, is like the debut album a shambles and the group's most prolific songwriter Gary Wright does not contribute on this album; He did writte the song "The Wrong Time!, though. On keyboards we find instead Chris Stainton and guitarist Henry McCulloch also helps on the album. Most noteworthy song from this album is probably the group's version of John Lennon's "I Am the Walrus", which comes in a slow and quite heavy version. A solid version also of Elton John's "Son of Your Father". I would incidentally have chosen "Nobody There at All" instead of the anonymous title track.

The group nucleus of keyboardist /singer Gary Wright and singer Mike Harrison recruited guitarist Mick Jones and bass player Chris Stewart, and this line-up released two solid but also uneven albums "You Broke My Heart so I Busted Your Jar" (73) and "Witness "(74). From these albums the chosen songs from "Witness" clearly come out the strongest. Especially the powerful "Ocean of Power".

By the time of recording the group's last album, 1974, "Mirror" is Mike Harrison had given it a second try at a solo career and he was replaced by Mike Patto, who in many ways is quite reminiscent of Harrison and this change is not immediately noticeable. Best track from this album is "Fantasy Satisfier".

An interesting addition to the collection might have been Mike Harrison’s fine version of the Beatles’ ”We Can Work it Out” from his obscure 1975 album ”Rainbow Chaser” on which he is backed by Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones.

When you have listened through the 2 CDs a few times and have read the informative booklet, you have got a good picture of a group, with an unusual large number of line-up changes for its relatively short existance. Should you fall for this compilation, I highly recommend that you supplement it with "Spooky Two", and if you want just a single CD with the group, it must of course also be this near-masterpiece 1969 album.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in My Dream: An Anthology 1968-1974 6 Sep 2010
By Gary Lo - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the Best of Spooky Tooth, then I see this double album comes out after. When importcds has the price down to $14.99, I got to buy it. What a great Best Of double CD, sections and sound quality are good. This is for someone who do not have all Spooky Tooth album must own item.
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice pair... 2 Sep 2014
By B.A.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Two discs are better than one, and as anthologies go, this Spooky effort is a fairly good one. I found it to be somewhat pricey though; However, there is a generous 'helping' of the band, and that helps to offset the premium price to some degree.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, buit well worth the time and effort. 26 July 2009
By Kevin D. Rathert - Published on Amazon.com
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Hey I know the list on this set is too high, but I got my copy from the UK cheap. Luther Grosvenor cum Ariel Bender of Mott the Hoople plays the hell out of his guitar on the majority of this anthology. I know, I know Gary Wright isn't a great songwriter and the best tunes here are probably covers of Janis Ian's "Society's Child" Robbie Robertson's "The Weight" etc., but hey with Grosvenor on lead and Greg Ridley pre-Humble Pie and Mike Harrison's gorgeous voice this set beats the heck out of the single disc best of by miles. Any band who titles an album "You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw" has something to say, even if the album itself was kinda lame. But there are moments here, and plenty of them, like "Sunshine Help Me" and the above mentioned covers to make this a nice listen. It grows on you. At least it has on me. I give it 5 stars because it is good yeoman British rock and roll, and Grosvenor has long been neglected by critics. The guy had/has game. And its all over this double anthology. When he leaves, well into disc two, interest begins to fade, but there's no "Dream Weaver" here, thank God. Wright's originals aren't top drawer, but they aren't shabby, and the rhythm section with Ridley on bass and whoever on drums (they had several drummers) is tight. I grew up on Spooky Tooth and even my hypercritical guitar playing 24 year old son gives Luther his props. Check this one out, get it from a drop shipper on the cheap, insert it into your cd player and listen with an open mind. Who knows it may grow on you like it has on me. Believe me, my expectations were low, so I was pleasantly shocked at just how good the track selection is, heavy on early, light on late ST. Don't expect the world to shake, but do expect to hear some pretty solid basic British late 60s/early 70s r and r. And give Grosvenor a listen. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I know I was. Still am. Got it playing right now. Again.
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