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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 (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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R Dean Taylor is not as well known as he deserves to be. This album will hopefully put that right. If you love atmospheric, well crafted songs that cover pretty contraversial (even more so when they were written) subject matter such as illegitimate birth, underage sex and prison then check this out. The tracks you may have heard of Ghost in My House, Gotta See Jane, are here of course, along with his biggest UK hit Indiana Wants Me, well deserved and great to have. But if you've only heard those before your seriously missing out because there are other brillian gems such as Shadow, Candy Apple Red, Taos New Mexico, Back Street and Lets Go Somewhere, all upbeat, real foot tappers and all that show just what a great writer Richard Dean Taylor actually was. This is a truly a great album, I think the only one available of his hits now, so for anyone who loves Motown a great investment for the collection.
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R. Dean Taylor is a hugely underrated singer and songwriter. This Canadian was the first white man signed my Motown and he did his country proud -- Indiana Wants Me, Gotta See Jane ... classics that should be better recognised. Buy this album, that's my advice..
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