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Listen Listen: The Definitive Collection CD

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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B0007XTO5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. LIVE
  2. TIME WILL SHOW THE WISER
  3. ON YOUR WAY OUT
  4. GONNA FIGHT THE WAR
  5. HAD TO RUN AROUND
  6. WE'RE IN LOVE
  7. YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN
  8. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL OF MY LIFE
  9. EARLY IN THE MORNING
  10. LOW DOWN (KATO)
  11. CLOWN'S NO GOOD
  12. GONNA LEAVE YOU ALONE (KATO/RHODES)
  13. MOTHER EARTH
  14. PARDON ME
  15. TEXTILE FACTORY
  16. SOMEONE DIED
  17. COME RIDE, COME RIDE
  18. LET'S ALL SING
  19. HOLLY PARK
  20. MARY WILL YOU TAKE MY HAND
  21. THE MAN HE WAS
  22. IN DAYS OF OLD
  23. 'TIL THE DAY AFTER
  24. SATURDAY NIGHT
  25. TIME WILL SHOW THE WISER (45 Version)
  26. SHE LAUGHED LOUD
  27. LISTEN, LISTEN
  28. MISSING YOU
  29. HIGHWAY

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Of all the cult West Coast 60's groups, perhaps the most talked about and referenced over the last few years have been The Merry Go Round...though bizarrely, the last reissue of their work was a Rhino vinyl best of in 1984!

Boy genius Emmit Rhodes left the drum seat in The Palace Guard to front his own band recruited from the disbanding Gene Clark Group among others; signing to A&M they quickly scored two hits ‘Live’ and ‘You're A Very Lovely Woman’, and a superb album… attaining Emmit covers by such luminaries as Fairport Convention, before themselves disbanding as Emmit became more and more interested in recording in his home studio than touring.

They had, though, cut a large quantitiy of material and when Emmitt became briefly a solo star with his home recorded albums on Dunhill, some of this stuff was released by A&M, but here for the first time ever, is a comprehensive anthology of the work of this most enigmatic of LA pop groups; one whose links to Gene Clark, The Grass Roots, Paul McCartney, Curt Boettcher and Herb Alpert (on whose 1967 TV special they featured) emerge in the detailed notes.

A FIRST EVER superb CD collection of this enigmatic, much quoted and collectable band and wonderfully remastered in the usual Rev-Ola style...

Lavish artwork with interviews with band members / others, memorabilia and unseen photos… all that jazz… and is a must for all fans of west coast 1960's pop and all those who'd like to hear what collectors and the current crop of US bands are going on about…

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By Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2005
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The Merry Go Round were the home of one of the all-time great Pop writers, Emitt Rhodes, and this excellent collection yokes under one handy roof their recorded output for the A&M label. Including such belters as 'Live' (as covered by The Bangles), and 'Time WIll Show The Wiser' (as covered by Fairport Convention on their debut album), this is jangle heaven, with Rhodes' melodic gifts, as latterly featured on three fine seventies solo albums, in full effect. 'You're A Very Lovely Woman' is worth buying the album for alone, but truly, there are many more such gems to be savoured within. At less than a tenner, it's top pop value for money
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Merry-Go-Round, led by singer and songwriter Emitt Rhodes, only achieved to release one album. This album "Live-You're a Very Lovely Woman", named from their first AM single released in 1967, has until recently been fairly easy to find at second-hand record stores. The band released a couple of more singles during their short lifespan. They officially disbanded in 1969, but the band had been in ruins months before, due to internal problems . Some of these AM Records recordings were in fact Emitt solo projects, and when Rhodes left for Dunhill Records in 1969-70, AM Records decided to release these later Merry-Go-Round recordings in Rhodes' name as "The American Dream". This obviously did not help Rhodes' solo career that two albums appeared almost simultaniously on the market bearing his name. He did have a minor hit with his first Dunhill single "Long Time No See", though. A paradox it is that both records are in fact pretty outstanding; especially his first Dunhill album is a classic. Rhodes only released 3 albums before he stopped his recording career.

The Merry-Go-Round album is a typical 1960's release, obviously greatly inspired by the Beatles, but still very American in sound - a bit like Buffalo Springfield or early Jefferson Airplane. It contains some great songs like "Time Will Show the Wiser" ( covered by Fairport Convention on their 1967 album ), "On Your Way Out", "Had to Run Around", "Gonna Leave You Alone" and the single-tracks "Live" and "You're a Very Lovely Woman".

During 1967-68 Rhodes' songwriting and singing style became even more Beatles-influenced and these songs sound very much like The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" recordings. He even sings with a British accent.
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I just bought it for the unlisted bonus track that features the Merry Go Round in a good Beach Boys imitation style "Californian Girls" accompanied by A&M owner at the time, Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass. The clip was featured in his "The Brass Are Coming" tv promotion show and I've been on the lookout of this track ever since.
Now I've found it.
The rest of the album... so so. Not much wonder little was heard of the group since.
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very good
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one of my favourits. rhods is a great musician. recommended
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