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All Time Greatest Hits [Import]

Grass Roots Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P1T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Live For Today
2. Where Were You When I Needed You
3. Things I Should Have Said
4. Midnight Confessions
5. The River Is Wide
6. Bella Linda
7. Lovin' Things
8. Wait A Million Years
9. Baby Hold On
10. Heaven Knows
11. Come On And Say It
12. Temptation Eyes
13. Two Divided By Love
14. Glory Bound
15. The Runway
16. Sooner Or Later

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As a band the Grass Roots were always a shadowy bunch, a front for studio musicians and professional songwriters looking to get their songs on the radio. They scored 14 top 40 hits during their reign in the late '60s/early '70s and their hits were among the catchiest and most enjoyable of the AM radio era. "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions," "Bella Linda," "Two Divided by Love," and a slew of others are shameless pop made brilliant by multilayered harmonies and arrangements that liberally borrowed from folk-rock and R&B. The Grass Roots may have been product, but what great product. --Rob O'Connor

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A long way down 4 Aug 2008
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
The only connection this set of Grassroots has to be the first ones is the song Where were you when I needed you.
Changing lineups faster than Elizabeth Taylor changed husbands meant that the Grassroots of the 70s were firmly locked into AOR and have not too much interest.
In the beginning the name Grassroots was one used by Arthur Lee who later renamed them LOVE so the name was taken by songwriters P F Sloan and Steve Barri the staff writers for Dunhill who were old hands at name changing as they had been the Fantastic Baggys a few years earlier.Sloan was given a few Dylan albums and told to copy the songs.He came up with Let me be-which was given to the Turtles-and Eve of Destruction-which was offered to the Turtles as the followup to Let me be.Though they recorded the song for their first album they decided it wasn't quite their image for a single so it went then to an artist Dunhill had just signed up-Barry McGuire.He used the same backing track on the earlier version cut by Sloan & Barri as the first Grassroots.

Where were you has nearly the same melody as Eve of Destruction -and once a single was issued there was a demand for a group called the Grassroots.So one had to be assembled and a garage band called the Bedouins became the Grassroots.
Thus the first Grassroots album was Sloan & Barry + session musicians,the Bedouins objected about not being allowed to actually play on the first album and soon cleared off apart from one Joe Larson who stayed for the course.
However this first album is missing on Amazon in spite of recently being reissued by Cherry Red-with extra tracks as well.Seemingly the first album DIDN'T include Eve of Destruction.
So now the U K has 3 versions of this song-all connected.The Grassroots,P F Sloan and the Turtles.But so far no McGuire reissue as of October 2008
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOST TREASURE 9 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
I BOUGHT THIS WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT A SONG I HAD IN MY MUSIC BOOKS (TWO DIVIDED BY LOVE)WAS BY GRASS ROOTS WHICH I HAD LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN.
ANOTHER COLLECTION OF GREAT SONGS FROM THE SIXTIES ERA. IF YOU LIKE THIS YOU WILL ALSO LIKE MARMALADE (TRY 'ULTIMATE COLLECTION' AND 'THE ONLY LIGHT ON MY HORIZON NOW')YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED.
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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains All the Essential Hits 18 Oct 2001
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Grass Roots may not have been the hippest band to come out of the Sixties, but they produced a string of memorable singles from 1966 to 1972. Songs like "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions" and "I'd Wait a Million Years" are part of the soundtack of my high school years. This is the best single-disc collection of this uderrated band's work. All 14 of their Top 40 singles are here along with two lesser hits: 1969's "Lovin' Things" (No. 49) and 1970's "Come On and Say It" (No. 61), the latter co-written by lead singer Rob Grill. The only disappointment is that with a running time of only 45 minutes, MCA could easily have included the band's three other Hot 100 singles: 1967's "Wake Up, Wake Up" (No. 68), 1970's "Walking Through the Country" (No. 44) and 1973's "Love Is What You Make It" (No. 55). If you really need those other three singles, you'll have to spring for Rhino's two-disc Anthology, which also includes the band's last single, "Mamacita" (No. 71) from 1975 which they recorded for the Haven label after leaving Dunhill. But for most fans, this single disc collection has all the essentials. RECOMMENDED
82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Compilation Of An Immensely Popular Sixties Group! 4 Sep 2000
By Barron Laycock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although the Amazon reviewer contends this was not a "real' band with consistent membership, those of us that saw them in various venues on tour in the late sixties and early seventies were sure fooled! I bumped into them in an airport restaurant sitting with one-time megastar Dion in the early seventies when they were still touring. Wonder where the reviewer was back then? My guess is that he was still busy stealing marbles from his older brother. This is a great collection by one of the most successful groups in the mid to late 1960s, and they were best known for a series of counterculture songs with provocative lyrics, especially in their monster hit, "Let's Live For Today". Perhaps no other single song so well epitomizes the sixties notion rejecting mainstream convention as does this song. It, along with Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and Scott MacKenzie's "San Francisco" became an anthem for the youth culture that sprang up in opposition to the stultifying conformity of older Americans. Many of their other songs like "Where Were You When I Needed You", "My Midnight Confessions", and "Temptation Eyes" were more conventional love songs. This is a great compilation of their music, and provides the listener with a terrific sampling of just why they were as popular and as successful as they became in the boiling cauldron of sixties music as they did. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toe Tappin' music 5 July 2000
By R. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's Live For Today Was one of my first purchased singles. A few years later, Midnight Confessions went to number 1. Then the formula kept clicking out the hits with songs such as "Lovin' Things", "I'd Wait A Million Years" , "Baby Hold On", "Heaven Knows". If you are a 60's or 70's DJ, and Temptation Eyes is not on your list- SHAME ON YOU! This is a MUST item for a serious colletor of music from this period. THE GRASS ROOTS had to many top 20 hits to continue and be ignored by oldies shows which only play the top #1's and ignore the rest of the top 40. A good bargain compilation. MUCH CHEAPER THAN A PREVIOUS MULTI-CD SET.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!!!!! 1 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These are NOT the original recordings nor are they quality remakes. Strictly budget hour and it's a pity so many will be fooled by the packaging. It's very embarrassing to have the Grass Roots name attached to this.
Get the All-Time Greatest Hits on MCA, or better yet the Rhino Anthology. It's now Out- Of-Print but turns up on Amazon.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best comp available right now 3 Jun 2005
By Music fan in the Midwest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Evidently the 2-disc Rhino "Anthology" is out of print, so this is the Grass Roots "hits" CD to get. As other reviewers have said, this one has all the essentials. Plus, the sound (remastering) is very good. As one who was in his teens when most of these songs graced the airwaves, I'm admittedly prejudiced when I say they still sound remarkably tight and wonderfully energetic, not to mention cool. But then, maybe that's my nostalgia kicking in. The group underwent numerous personnel changes during its run. Pictured on the cover of this 16-track collection is the lineup responsible for such Top 40 radio classics as "Let's Live For Today" and "Midnight Confessions." Lead guitarist Creed Bratton (lower right on this cover shot) later went into acting and snared bit parts in several major films such as Heart Like A Wheel and Mask. Singer and rhythm guitarist/keyboard player Warren Entner (pictured standing in back) later managed hard-rock acts in the 1980s. Pictured at lower left is Rob Grill, lead singer and bassist. He put together a new Grass Roots lineup a few years back and hit the road. (In fact, I caught a glimpse of them on a TV show a couple of years ago. Man, he STILL sounded good.) Pictured between Entner and Bratton is drummer and singer Rick Coonce; alas, I'm not sure what became of him after he left the group in the early 1970s. By the way, my fellow diehards, one of the group's better original albums and the first one with new member Dennis Provisor, "Leaving It All Behind," is available from Hip-O Select (which is different from simply Hip-O Records, whose catalogue items Amazon carries). With shipping it'll cost you about $21. It's of course a CD but it's presented in a small, facsimile cardboard album jacket with all the original artwork - front, back and inside - which means the gatefold jacket is square and slightly taller than a standard plastic jewel case or a Digipak. The remastering is great. Hip-O made just 5,000 individually numbered copies. I just received mine in the mail, and it's close to #1,200. In the meantime, until some benevolent company decides to release a more thorough anthology that mimics or surpasses Rhino's 1991 2-disc masterwork, this single-disc CD, All-Time Greatest Hits, is your best choice for a Grass Roots compilation.
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