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Dunhill's Greatest Hits,
This review is from: Here's Where I Belong: the Best of the Dunhill Years 1965-1967 (Audio CD)
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