The Box Tops Non-Stop
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- Released: February 14, 2000
- Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Rolling Stone - 12/13/69, p.48"...authentic, as rock and roll, as self-expression....Hank Snow's 'I'm Movin' On' [is] one of the very best versions of that song ever, complete with a great rolling bass solo..."
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.Choo Choo Train
- 2.I'm Movin' On
- 4.She Shot A Hole In My Soul
- 5.People Gonna Talk
- 6.I Met Her In Church
- 7.Rock Me Baby
- 8.Rollin' In My Sleep
- 9.I Can Dig It
- 10.Yesterday Where's My Mind
- 11.If I Had Let You In
- 12.Let Me Go
- 13.Choo Choo Train - (Single Version)
- 14.I Met Her In Church - (Single Version)
- 15.Got To Hold On To You
- 16.Since I Been Gone
The Box Tops: Alex Chilton, Tom Boggs, Rick Allen, Gary Talley, Bill Cunningham.
Additional personnel includes: Spooner Oldham (piano).
Recorded at American Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee in July 1968. Includes liner notes by Jud Cost.
Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxackie, New York).
Personnel: Alex Chilton (vocals, guitar); Gary Talley (guitar, banjo, sitar); Rick Allen (harmonica, trumpet); Tom Boggs (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jud Cost.
Recording information: American Recording Studios Inc., Memphis, TN.
The Box Tops -- or more precisely Alex Chilton and producer Dan Penn -- were treading water on the third album to be churned out under the group's name in less than a year. The usual blue-eyed soul dominates the program, without anything on the order of "Cry Like a Baby" or "The Letter," although with "I Met Her in Church," Penn and songwriting partner Spooner Oldham were probably trying for something on that level. Sometimes the moods are a bit on the bluesy side ("Choo Choo Train," "Rock Me Baby"), at others on a gentler and poppier one ("Rollin' in My Sleep"). For the first time Chilton had the opportunity to write an LP track, and with "I Can Dig It," he brought out his most gravelly voice for an average midtempo soul belter. That's nothing compared with "Yesterday Where's My Mind," in which he sounds like he's trying to out-gravel the most sandpaper-voiced white singer of the era, Tim Rose; in fact, the track bears more than a passing similarity to "Morning Dew," one of the songs Rose interpreted on his debut album. "Sandman," a luscious ballad by the composer of "The Letter," Wayne Carson Thompson, is the most interesting little-known cut. Overall, though, this, like all of the Box Tops' albums, is a middling product with its share of filler. [The 2000 reissue on Sundazed adds five bonus tracks: two of them mono single versions (of "Choo Choo Train" and "I Met Her in Church"), the others from non-LP 45s. Those non-LP items include a Randy Newman cover ("Let Me Go") on which Chilton sounds like Paul Jones of Manfred Mann, and another of Chilton's earliest self-penned numbers, the soul-pop ballad "Since I Been Gone.."] ~ Richie Unterberger
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