January 4, 2012

MELLOW GOLD Collection

The track listing of the MELLOW GOLD collection by Sessions (1976). My lovely wife found this three LP set on eBay for my birthday! Three months later, I have finally got around to "ripping" the vinyl to my PC and now I have this 33-track playlist on my iPod.
The songs on this collection are licensed from all the major record labels and range from 1965-1975. The music is uniformly good. Only a few tracks are complete dogs.

Side 1
  • "Sundown" Gordon Lightfoot
  • "Midnight at the Oasis" Maria Muldaur
  • "I Say a Little Prayer for You" Aretha Franklin
  • "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" peaked at #6 for doo-wop group The Casinos in 1967.
  • "Long Train Running" The Doobie Brothers
Side 2
  • "You Were on My Mind" went to #3 in 1965 for We Five, a San Francisco-based folk-rock group.
  • "Sunshine" Jonathan Edwards
  • "Cherish" The Association
  • "Hey Jude" Wilson Pickett
  • "Ma Belle Amie" went to #5 in 1970 as the single sold 1 million copies for The Tee Set, a Dutch pop group and truly one-hit wonder.
  • "That’s the Way I Always Heard it Should Be" Carly Simon
Side 3
  • "S.O.S." ABBA
  • "How Can I Be Sure?" The Rascals
  • "I’d Like to Get to Know You" peaked at #17 in 1968 for the unbelievably named folk-rock group Spanky & Our Gang. Yes, just like the old Little Rascals movies. I have to assume that the producer of this collection placed this song on Side 3 after The Rascals as a joke about their similar names?
  • "Everybody’s Talkin’" Nilsson
  • "My Special Angel" the Vogues
  • "Love the One You’re With" rose to #14 in 1970, from Stephen Stills's solo debut. Stills, a proficient multi-instrumentalist, plays all the parts except bass and congas. The backing vocals are provided by Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Jones, John Sebastian (Lovin Spoonful founder), David Crosby, and Graham Nash, making this a CSN record in all but name.
Side 4
  • "Anticipation" Carly Simon
  • "Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding
  • "Doctor My Eyes" Jackson Browne
  • "Feel Like Makin’ Love" Roberta Flack
  • "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" The Spinners
Side 5
  • "Summer Breeze" Seals & Crofts
  • "Baby, I’m Yours" went to #11 in 1965 for smoooth R&B singer Barbara Lewis; she had nine Hot 100 singles from 1963-1967.
  • "Hello, It’s Me" Todd Rundgren
  • "Send in the Clowns" Judy Collins
  • "She’s Gone" Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Aretha Franklin
Side 6
  • "Fallin’ in Love" The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band was a short-lived mid-70s country-rock group formed from parts of Buffalo Springfield and The Byrds. "Fallin' in Love" went to #27 on the charts in 1974 while the LP went gold.
  • "Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues" Danny O’Keefe
  • "Baby Don’t Go" Sonny and Cher
  • "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town" Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
  • "Everything That Touches You" The Association