Listen Listen: The Definitive Collection CD
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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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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.Read more ›
Now I've found it.
The rest of the album... so so. Not much wonder little was heard of the group since.