The Box Tops The Best of the Box Tops
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- Released: October 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.The Letter
- 2.Neon Rainbow
- 3.Happy Times
- 4.Cry Like a Baby
- 5.Fields of Clover
- 6.Choo Choo Train
- 7.She Shot a Hole in My Soul
- 8.People Gonna Talk
- 9.I Met Her in Church
- 10.Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March
- 12.I Must Be the Devil
- 13.Soul Deep
- 14.I Shall Be Released
- 15.Happy Song
- 16.Turn on a Dream
- 17.I See Only Sunshine
- 18.You Keep Tightening Up on Me
Liner Note Author: Mitchell Cohen.
Recording information: American Recording Studios, Inc., Memphis, TN.
Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
The one thing that lifts the Box Tops out of the pack of bubblegum groups that flooded AM radio in the mid- to late '60s was the blue-eyed Memphis soul voice of the then-teenaged Alex Chilton, and coupled with Dan Penn's deep South production, the group managed two memorable singles, 1967's "The Letter" and 1968's "Cry Like a Baby," along with a couple of decent near-misses, "Neon Rainbow" and "Choo Choo Train." The Box Tops' albums were mostly thrown-together affairs, however, with far more potential than execution, and although Chilton's voice is often a thing to behold, the material tended toward covers or half-realized Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham compositions. This 18-track set collects most of the group's key sides, including all of the above recordings, but the truth is, as long as you have "The Letter" and "Cry Like a Baby," you're probably set. ~ Steve Leggett
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- Sales Rank: 1,170
- UPC: 886976929725
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