The Grass Roots Where Were You When I Needed You
- Released: March 28, 2005
- Label: Rev-Ola
Uncut - pp.121-1223 stars out of 5 - "Trading in the same jangle-folk as contemporaries The Byrds, they were actually a vehicle for journeyman songwriters Steve Barri and PF Sloan."
- 1.Only When You're Lonely
- 2.Look Out Girl
- 3.Ain't That Loving You Baby
- 4.I've Got No More To Say
- 5.I Am a Rock
- 6.Lollipop Train (You Never Had It So Good)
- 7.Where Were You When I Needed You
- 8.You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
- 9.Tell Me
- 10.You Baby
- 11.This is What I Was Made For
- 12.Mr. Jones (Ballad of a Thin Man)
- 13.Where Were You When I Needed You [Single Version]
- 14.(These Are) Bad Times
- 15.You're a Lonely Girl
- 16.Tip of My Tongue
- 17.You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
- 18.Hitch Hike
- 19.Eve of Destruction
- 20.Where Were You When I Needed You [Third Version]
The Grass Roots: P.F. Sloan, Steve Barri.
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU is the 1966 debut by the well-known California folk-pop group the Grassroots. The album was produced by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri.
Personnel: Nick Robbins, Joe Foster (synthesizer).
Liner Note Author: Jon "Mojo" Mills.
Before the Grass Roots reached the peak of their pop/rock popularity, they were a much more folk-rock-oriented outfit. Indeed, this debut album is a matter of much confusion; apparently the original Grass Roots were pretty much a front for the songwriting team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who ended up performing on much of the album themselves. In any case, this is decent, though not top-of-the-line, early folk-rock, falling about halfway between the Byrds and more pop-oriented peers like the Turtles and the Mamas & the Papas. Highlights include the hit title track and other Sloan-Barri originals like "Lollipop Train," "Look Out Girl," "This Is What I Was Made For," and "You Baby," which was a hit for the Turtles. ~ Richie Unterberger
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