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  • Audio CD (9 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B00005LOAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Gotta See Jane (Single Version (Mono)) 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Back Street 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Ain't It A Sad Thing 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Gonna Give Her All The Love I Got (Album Version) 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. There's A Ghost In My House 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Don't Fool Around 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Indiana Wants Me 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Woman Alive 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Loves Your Name 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Taos New Mexico 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Fire And Rain (Album Version) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Shadow 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Two Of Us (Album Version) 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Poor Girl 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Let's Go Somewhere 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Candy Apple Red 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Sunday Morning Coming Down (Album Version) 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. Just Like In The Movies 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. My Lady Bug Stay Away From That Beatle 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 

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19 TRACKS

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I had been searching for years for an album by R. Dean Taylor, the most successful white artist to emerge from the Motown label, since those old vinyl singles are showing signs of wear and tear. In the mid-60's Taylor first achieved success with the songs Love Child and Living In Shame which became top ten hits for the Supremes and infused their work with a much needed realism. According to the sleeve notes, these 19 tracks all come from the albums Indiana Wants Me and Sounds Superb, although there were 2 more: I Think Therefore I Am (1970) and LA Sunset (1975). It does, however, contain all his greatest hits. Taylor had a knack for dramatic, catchy pop like Indiana Wants Me, Gotta See Jane (a UK hit in 1968 and 1975), Candy Apple Red and the atmospheric Ghost In My House that has been covered by The Fall and The Yachts amongst others, and is considered a "Northern Soul Classic" in the UK. This music recalls a more innocent age and I am reminded of other favorite artists from the same era who faded into obscurity, like Lee Michaels and Michael Nesmith. Although the sound quality isn't always satisfying, I love this album. Besides the aforementioned hits, his other self-penned songs are either very "motowny" like Back Street, Don't Fool Around and Love's Your Name, or further melodramatic explorations of teen angst like Taos New Mexico and Shadow. For reasons of nostalgia, the inclusion of period covers like Fire & Rain and Help Me Make It Through The Night pleases me, while his covers of Lennon & McCartney's Two Of Us and Norman Whitfield's Gonna Give Her All The Love are pleasant enough. Taylor may not have been a great performer, but I appreciate this album for its classic songs and for the memories of the golden age of pop that it evokes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne M. Collins on 13 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
If someone had pushed me I could have dragged up two R Dean Taylor songs from my memory - Indiana Wants Me and There's a Ghost In My House - and they are both here and as good as I remember. For some reason I don't remember Gotta See Jane - I was probably too young - but it is annoyingly catchy. The rest of the album is not as strong as these three tracks but still far better than most of the stuff around today - if you like the Scott Walker type sound they will appeal to you.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R G Palmer on 4 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had been looking for an R Dean Taylor recording since the days of vinyl, and at last here it is - a collection of remarkably well-written and memorable songs. I was familiar with 'Gotta see Jane', and 'There's a ghost in my house'; and of course 'Indiana Wants Me' is surely one of the best records ever made (included here in its full unexpurgated form, with Taylor going down in a hail of Police bullets at the end); what surprised me, however, was just how good most of the other compositions are. It is classic singer-songwriting in the Neil Diamond mode, with mostly a soulful feel, although one or two of the earlier recordings are pure Sixties pop. The subject matter is anything but mundane - murder, under age sex, alcoholism, destitution and poverty: I urge anyone who has not heard it to buy this CD now and I guarantee you will play it over and over, like I have. I don't know if Mr Taylor is still out there somewhere, but if he is, I wish he would pick up his pen and start writing stuff like this again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ridware on 25 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I loved the R Dean Taylor UK hits i gotta see jane, indiana wants me, and ghost in my house...............so this seemed a cheap way to get them.
Unfortunately jane and ghost are later re-recordings, and not as good productions as the originals. However, indiana does sound like the original.
suggest you go into amazons mp3 section where you can listen to snippets of the different versions. (different run times are clues !)
i have since downloaded the original versions !
i have had this problem with other compilations by other artists including re-recorded versions. in most cases its probably down to artist getting better royalties on re-recorded versions, but i think it should be made clear they are NOT originals.
im afraid i dont know R Deans other work welll enough to say how much of this collection is actually original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This collection from the late 1960s and early 1970s represents a rare opportunity to experience how Motown could energise the music of so-called 'singer songwriters.' Taylor wrote most of his own material, often in collaboration with members of Motown's Holland/Dozier/Holland team. As a result, you keep hearing the kind of backing more usually heard on records by the likes of The Four Tops. The result is often irresistible. Songs such as 'Let's Go Somewhere' and 'Just Like In The Movies' have this stamp. Yet sometimes the Motown influence isn't as obvious, as on James Taylor's 'Fire And Rain'. His slightly drawling voice reminds you that he's in an unexpected recording environment, but, at its best, the overall effect is exhilarating.
As with many compilations of artists on the margins of fame, the quality of the material tends to decline a little as it progresses. The big hitters are all in the first half: 'Gotta See Jane,' 'There's A Ghost In My House' and 'Indiana Wants Me.' The remaining songs are worth hearing for the style in which they're recorded, almost all of them good or very good songs, but none of them great. 'Two Of Us' seems a strange choice from the Lennon/McCartney catalogue, one of the lesser songs from 'Let It Be,' but this is still an entertaining compilation.
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