The Box Tops Cry Like A Baby
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- Released: February 14, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Q - 5/00, p.1243 stars out of 5 - "...Expertly drilled white Southern soul....definite proof there was plenty of life before Big Star."
No Depression - 7-8/00, p.97"...One can hear how [they] represented a significant step forward in Southern music....soul songster Dan Penn showing great versatility as both a writer and a producer..."
- 1.Cry Like a Baby
- 2.Deep in Kentucky
- 3.I'm the One for You
- 4.Weeping Analeah
- 5.Every Time
- 6.Fields of Clover
- 7.Trouble With Sam
- 9.Good Morning Dear
- 11.You Keep Me Hangin' On
- 12.Cry Like a Baby - (mono, single version)
- 13.The Door You Closed to Me
- 14.You Keep Tightening up on Me - (bonus track)
- 15.Come on Honey
- 16.Take Me to Your Heart - (previously unreleased)
The Box Tops: Alex Chilton (vocals); Gary Talley (guitar); John Evans, Rick Allen (keyboards); Bill Cunningham (bass); Danny Smythe, Tom Boggs (drums).
Additional personnel includes: The Sweet Inspirations (background vocals).
Producers: Dan Penn, Tommy Cogbill, Chips Moman, Stan Kessler.
Recorded at American Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee in April 1968.
Includes liner notes by Mark Lindsay & Jud Cost.
Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York).
Personnel: Alex Chilton (vocals, guitar); Gary Talley (guitar); Rick Allen , John Evans (keyboards); Tom Boggs, Danny Smythe (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jud Cost.
Recording information: America Rcording Studio, Inc.
Searching for a hit to follow up the widely successful "The Letter," and at the end of their creative rope, in a burst of inspiration, songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham came up with the title track to this album within hours of the scheduled recording session. The song, a perfect slice of blue-eyed soul, subsequently became a hit for the Alex Chilton-fronted Box Tops. The rest of the album builds off of "Cry Like a Baby," but with less success. Songs like "The Trouble With Sam" and "Weeping Analeah" foreshadow the British Invasion style that Chilton would employ with Big Star, but the melody lines and instrumentation lack the gritty authenticity found on The Letter. And the normally outstanding writing team of Penn and Oldham, responsible for such soul classics as "Do Right Woman" and "A Woman Left Lonely," seem to have softened up their approach in order to make the Box Tops sound more pop. All in all, with the exception of "Cry Like a Baby," an album that could've potentially contained some real gems just doesn't. The 2000 Sundazed reissue adds five bonus tracks: the mono 45 version of "Cry Like a Baby," three non-LP songs from singles, and the previously unreleased "Take Me to Your Heart." ~ Steve Kurutz
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