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The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover [Extra tracks]

Del Shannon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B00000DB3I
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thinkin' It Over
2. Be My Friend
3. Silver Birch
4. I Think I Love You
5. River Cool
6. Colour Flashing Hair
7. Gemini
8. Runnin' On Back
9. Conquer
10. Been So Long
11. Magical Musical Box
12. New Orleans (Mardi Gras)
13. What's A Matter Baby (Bonus Track)
14. Early In The Morning (Bonus Track)
15. In My Arms Again (Bonus Track)
16. She (Bonus Track)
17. Runaway '67 (Bonus Track)
18. Stand Up (Bonus Track)
19. The House Where Nobody Lives (Bonus Track)
20. You Don't Love Me (Bonus Track)

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20 TRACKS-BGO 5017261204028

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5.0 out of 5 stars Control + Alt + Del 21 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's a TV interview with Del Shannon currently available online. Conducted in the mid 80s, it's fairly typical inane US daytime fare. Del essentially dismisses this album and the whole 'getting to the truth of things' ethos that typified late '60s pop, conceding in effect that there's not much more to him than the (admittedly wonderful) early classic, 'Runaway'. It's sad. The fact is that this LP is as vaultingly ambitious and accomplished as any other great pop-psych record of the time, certainly a worthy complement to The Zombies' 'Odessey & Oracle', for instance. By turns beautifully dreamlike and wallopingly intense, with soaring baroque pop arrangements, great guitar playing and forceful, dynamic vocals that match Tim Buckley or Neil Young at their best, it's a fully realised concept and a transporting listening experience, with a brooding undercurrent of desperation and darkness underpinning the whole affair. A lost psychedelic gem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars psychedelicate 31 July 2009
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This is a swirling soulful gem of an album. The 1968 psychedelic flourishes are of their time but here work to enhance solid melodies, rich vocals and strong songwriting. There is none of the forced whimsy that detracts from so many other albums of the era. This is a warm and bewitching work of art. Highly recommended for fans of 60's psychedelia.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Gem. 27 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Unlike other rockers of his particular vintage, Del Shannon never seemed to have a problem adapting to any changing trends in music. This is an absolute gem of an album which is both mind blowing and deeply personal. Del's vocals soar above the sitars and strings. This is 60's pop-psychedelia at its very best. Stand out tracks are 'I Think I Love You' and 'New Orleans (Mardi Grass), in the latter one can almost detect a little funk. This album is a triumph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 5 Dec 2011
By birdy
Format:Audio CD
The Further Adventures of Charles WestoverI heard a couple of tracks from this album which I really liked so I thought I would buy the whole album I'm so glad I did It is fantastic there are some tracks that sound like 60's psychedelia music and others which are really soulful.I had no idea Del Shannon ever made an album like this I would strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys his unique vocal style.
I listen to it a lot and never get tired of it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** It's Magical ***** 7 Mar 2003
By Music Loft - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Don't expect the magical haunting sound of Runaway or the sound of thunder rolling across the sky in Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun). Do expect something different in The Further Adventures, a cd of well crafted songs, most of which were written or co-written by Del, that are captivating from the opening track Thinking It Over, a pop song that's the closest thing to a commercial song here to the finale, New Orleans (Mardi Gras), a thumping piece of psychedelic pop with a story within that was written by Jim Pulte of Southwind. In between we have the beauty of Magical Music Box which describes the loneliness of a girl lost in her room and Colour Flashing Hair which has Del in a surrealistic dream state while asleep with a vision of a girl he has never met. If that were not enough, there are 8 bonus tracks, including a remake of Runaway recorded in 1967 and the previously unreleased songs Stand Up and The House Where Nobody Lives from 1966 which are among his better self written pieces. In My Arms Again is a song he wrote in 1974 that is more country then most songs of that era (and certainly today) that was done with Jeff Lynne with whom he worked in later years.There's much to enjoy on this cd that has little to do with the sound that most people remember of Del Shannon. Perhaps the best way to describe it is to say, it's magical. Listen.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant "Soft Psychedelic" Surprise 7 July 2005
By Dale M. Houstman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a collector of psychedelic records. Over the years I have purchased quite a number of such recordings "sight unheard" because - frankly - I enjoy the misses as much as the hits. When I heard Del Shannon had recorded an album considered by many to be psychedelic, I instantly obtained it, not expecting much beyond a curiosity.

However, the record is quite interesting, showcasing Del's songwriting talent as well as his voice, both in a new setting of "Sgt. Pepper" orchestrations and some "strange studio sounds." The real treat though (and the one element often missing from such records) is that the songs are good. Several sound like instant classics, although the album is more than obscure it seems. I found myself listening to it over and over during the first day I received it, amazed by his voice and by his attempt to be "relevant" without sacrificing what is essentially his own spirit.

For fans of Del, highly recommended.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEL'S "LOST" POP-SIKE MASTERPIECE! 3 Oct 1999
By bjjenkin@cvn.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a must for ANY 60's Psychedelic fan to add to his/her collection! It ranks #1 on my all-time 60's psych LP release. Songs like "Colour Flashing Hair", "Magical Musical Box", and "New Orleans (Mardi Gras)", blow away most who hear it for the first time and go "This is Del of RUNAWAY fame!?!" Get it.......period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Great Albums Of The Psychedelic Era 24 Dec 2009
By Misspent Youth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Once The Beatles made "Sergeant Pepper" the floodgates opened for almost every rock band of the time to follow suit. We all know the famous ones, from Pink Floyd's "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" (a winner) to The Rolling Stones "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (not so much of a winner...), and everything in between (The Pretty Things "S.F. Sorrow", The Monkees "Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd.", The Animals "The Twain Shall Meet", etc.). One of the lesser known entries into this milieu is Del Shannon's "The Further Adventures of Charles Westover", and it's a pity that it's one of the lesser known because it stands the test of time as one of the best. Not only one of the best psychedelic albums of all time, but also one of Del Shannon's best albums. Songs like "I Think I Love You", "Thinkin' It Over", "Gemini" and "Colour Flashing Hair" are not only great psychedelic songs, but great Del Shannon songs. His beautiful voice is so expressive in this context that this listener wishes he had made more albums in this genre - he really was amazingly good at it. A winner!
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Gem 8 Sep 2010
By DW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Del Shannon's 'The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover' reminds me of The Zombies Odessey & Oracle. Sort of a forgotten gem from the same time. Very nice.

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