Spanky & Our Gang The Complete Mercury Recordings (4-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: March 11, 2005
  • Label: Hip-O Select

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Lazy Day
  • 2.(It Ain't Necessarily) Byrd Avenue
  • 3.Ya Got Trouble (In River City)
  • 4.Sunday Will Never Be the Same
  • 5.Commercial
  • 6.If You Could Only Be Me
  • 7.Makin' Every Minute Count
  • 8.5 Definitions of Love
  • 9.Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • 10.Distance
  • 11.Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • 12.Come and Open Your Eyes (Take a Look)
  • 13.Swingin' Gate
  • 14.Prescription for the Blues
  • 15.Three Ways from Tomorrow
  • 16.My Bill
  • 17.Sunday Mornin'
  • 18.Echoes (Everybody's Talkin')
  • 19.Suzanne
  • 20.Stuperflabbergasted
  • 21.Like to Get to Know You
  • 22.Chick-A-Ding-Ding
  • 23.Stardust
  • 24.Coda (Like to Get to Know You)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Anything You Choose
  • 2.And She's Mine
  • 3.Yesterday's Rain
  • 4.Hong Kong Blues
  • 5.Nowhere to Go
  • 6.Give a Damn
  • 7.Leopard Skin Phones
  • 8.But Back Then [Spoken]
  • 9.Mecca Flat Blues
  • 10.Without Rhyme or Reason
  • 11.1-3-5-8 (Pedagogal Round #2)
  • 12.Jane
  • 13.Since You've Gone
  • 14.Sunday Will Never Be the Same
  • 15.Makin' Every Minute Count
  • 16.Lazy Day
  • 17.Commercial
  • 18.It Ain't Necessarily Byrd Avenue
  • 19.Everybody's Talkin'
  • 20.Sunday Mornin'
  • 21.Like to Get to Know You
  • 22.Give a Damn
  • 23.Three Ways from Tomorrow
  • 24.And She's Mine
  • 25.Yesterday's Rain

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Nagasaki
  • 2.Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
  • 3.Waltzing Matilda
  • 4.Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
  • 5.Steel Rail Blues
  • 6.Oh Daddy
  • 7.Dirty Old Man
  • 8.Klan
  • 9.That's What You Get for Lovin' Me
  • 10.Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
  • 11.Wasn't It You?
  • 12.You Got Trouble [From The Music Man]
  • 13.Crying [#]
  • 14.Chick-A-Ding-Ding [Mono Mix][#]
  • 15.Give a Damn [Stereo Single Mix][#]
  • 16.Yesterday's Rain [Stereo Single Mix][#]
  • 17.Anything You Choose [Stereo Single Mix][#]
  • 18.Everybody's Talkin' (Echoes) [Stereo Single Mix][#]
  • 19.Give a Damn [Public Service Announcement][#]

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.And Your Bird Can Sing
  • 2.Sealed With a Kiss
  • 3.Sunday Will Never Be the Same
  • 4.Distance
  • 5.Making Every Minute Count
  • 6.If You Could Only Be Me
  • 7.Lazy Day
  • 8.(It Ain't Necessarily) Byrd Avenue
  • 9.Sunday Morning
  • 10.Everybody's Talkin' (Echoes)
  • 11.Like to Get to Know You
  • 12.Three Ways from Tomorrow
  • 13.Give a Damn
  • 14.Swinging Gate
  • 15.Yesterday's Rain
  • 16.Without Rhyme or Reason
  • 17.Anything You Chose
  • 18.Mecca Flat Blues
  • 19.And She's Mine
  • 20.Leopard Skin Phones
  • 21.Echoes (Everybody's Talkin')

Product Description:

Although the original LPs have been out of print for decades, Spanky & Our Gang's Complete Mercury Recordings (2005) are once again available thanks to the audio archivists at Hip-O Select -- located online at www.hip-oselect.com. Featured in this thorough and comprehensive four-CD anthology are the contents of the albums Spanky and Our Gang (1967), Like to Get to Know You (1968), Anything You Choose b/w Without Rhyme or Reason (1969), the compilation Spanky's Greatest Hit(s) (1969) -- notable for a few alternate and extended versions of familiar favorites -- and the combo's posthumous Spanky and Our Gang Live (1970). Hardcore enthusiasts will be even more impressed with the seven never-before issued rarities and an entire disc devoted to monaural mixes of every song released on 45 -- including their fall of 1966 debut 7" single with non-LP covers of the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" b/w "Sealed with a Kiss," which had been a hit for Brian Hyland in 1962. Although there was the occasional personnel shift during their three-year (1966 -- 1969) run, the aggregate originated with the quartet of Spanky McFarlane (vocals), Malcolm Hale (guitar/trombone/vocals), Nigel Pickering (guitar/vocals) and Oz Bach (vocals). John Seiter (drums), former percussionist for Odetta was next to join, followed by Pickering's one-time bandmates Kenny Hodges (bass/vocals) and Lefty Baker [aka Eustace Britchforth] (banjo/vocals). As the latter were appreciably seasoned, their contributions to Like to Get to Know You and Anything You Choose take the unit's musicality to a whole new level. Spanky & Our Gang gained a deserved reputation as consummate harmonizers with a penchant for light and slightly psychedelic pop fare. All told, they turned in five respective Top 40 entries and their earliest, "Sunday Will Never Be the Same," was also their highest charting side, landing at a lofty number nine. However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang. The tricky pro-pot "Commercial," the enchanting "5 Definitions of Love" -- containing lyrics lifted verbatim from a dictionary -- as well as the indescribably tasteful takes of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's popular early 20th century standard "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" are but a few recommendations, while "Distance" and "Come and Open Your Eyes (Take a Look)" shouldn't be dismissed either. Like to Get to Know You adopts a motif of Americana, as each track provides a distinct slice of life -- ranging from the cocktail party atmosphere and ambience incorporated into "I'd Like to Get to Know You," the lazy "Sunday Morning" and low-down "Prescription for the Blues." The final studio title Anything You Choose b/w Without Rhyme or Reason is arguably the sextet's best. The pieces are linked together, resulting in an intricate yet cohesive multi-movement suite. Perhaps no song depicted the dichotomy of America in the late '60s like "Give a Damn," which was used as part of a memorable public service advertising campaign for the New York Urban Coalition and in politically and socially disparate regions of the United States, banned for explicit content. Other standouts include the pop-ish "And She's Mine," the stunning and insightful "Yesterday's Rain" and the coupling of the spoken introduction "But Back Then" to "Mecca Flat Blues," both with Little Brother Montgomery. Spanky & Our Gang disbanded in late 1968 after the death of co-founder Malcolm Hale. Greatest Hit(s) (1969) is notable for the extended rendering of "Sunday Morning," while "Like to Get to Know You" and "Give a Damn" are offered without the sound effects that are heard on the original LPs. Spanky and Our Gang Live was recorded prior to the addition of Seiter, Hodges and Baker, which accounts for the lack of any later era charting selections. What listeners are treated to, though, is an excellent batch of tunes, reflecting the musicians' unique tastes. The set boasts the sublime bluegrass-inspired "Nagasaki," "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight," plus the Gordon Lightfoot compositions "Steel Rail Blues" and "That's What You Get for Lovin' Me." The audio quality is unrivalled thanks to thorough digital remastering, while the oversized 24-page booklet contains an historical essay from Richard Barton Campbell, rare pictures, reproductions of memorabilia and a discography. ~ Lindsay Planer

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