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Angel of the Morning Import, Original recording remastered

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1. It's Worth It All
2. Sandcastles
3. Billy Sunshine
4. Handy
5. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
6. Angel Of The Morning
7. That Kind Of Woman
8. Working Girl
9. Observation From Flight 285 (In 3/4 Time)
10. Hush
11. Do Unto Others
12. Sunshine & Roses

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg Japan
  • ASIN: B0001M6IO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like so many one-hit wonders, Merrilee Rush had a deeper music career than could be surmised from her brief intersection with popular taste. Though she had only one major chart hit and two albums (this one and a self-titled release in 1977), she's continued her involvement with music to this day with tour spots and regular gigs in her native Pacific Northwest.

In contrast to studio-manufactured artists who hurry an album to milk a freak hit single, Rush was a bona fide musician who'd spent time in a number of bands before finding chart success. Her good fortune to cross paths with Chip Taylor's enduring composition, "Angel of the Morning," gave her the chance to record an entire album for Bell Records, reproduced here with nine bonus tracks.

There's nothing here that matches the ephemeral radio-readiness of "Angel of the Morning," but there are plenty of songs that capture the same Summer of '68 vibe. There's still a helping of the previous summer's glowing optimism, but freckled by the blanched heart of growing social turmoil. Highlights include a waifish cover of "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," the dramatic Poppy Family styled lost-love of "Sandcastles," and the quiet isolation of Chip Taylor's "Working Girl." The arrangements are sophisticated, with production by Chips Moman that deftly mixes rock, pop, country and folk.

This deluxe CD augments the original album with bonuses that include "Reap What You Sew" (the original B-side of "Angel of the Morning"), a towering Vanilla Fudge like cover of The Four Tops "Reach Out" (and its country-inflected flip, "Love Street"), and follow-on singles "Everyday Livin' Lives," "Sign on for the Good Times" and "Angel on My Shoulder," as well as their B-sides.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Merrilee Rush's biggest hit "Angel Of The Morning" ironically describes her impact in popular music. Per the free love era, where the hippies slept with whomever without commitment, that song reached Billboard #7 and Cashbox #3 in 1967. The song was also covered by P.P. Arnold, Juice Newton, and Olivia Newton-John. There is a lilting gentle quality in Rush's version that reflects the quiet independence of "just touch my cheek before you leave, then slowly turn away from me." The song was nominated for but didn't win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for 1969, losing to Dionne Warwick.

Coming as it does after her cover of Scott MacKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)" this is a back-to-back treat. The gentle guitar and backing chorus make this soothing listening, no doubt making her one of those gentle people one might find were she to live there. My favourite track after "Angel."

Like all the tracks, the gentle 60's guitar and keyboards, muted chorus, and relaxing air characterize "Handy" of someone who is a "plaything to step on, to take it when you're down." Yes, handy is a better title than, say, doormat, but that's what the girl in the song is basically. That same theme is covered in "It's Worth It All," the girl being a plaything on the man's convenience, but she can't break away.

The organ and catchy rhythm of the summery psychedelic "Sandcastles" recall a Lovin' Spoonful-type number, while "Billy Sunshine" has a quick "Day Tripper"-type tempo and a Nancy Sinatra/Fifth Dimension-type sound. The followup single to "Angel," "That Kind of Woman," only got as high as #76 on the charts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin B. on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Unfortunately this classic 60s Pop Album is out of print on CD. For now we'll have to be content with digital tracks.

This pop classic from 1968 is finally available for digital download and every track on this album is a gem. Merrilee had an innocence, and a toughness in her vocal interpretation of these songs. She plays the victim on tracks like That Kind Of Woman (an affair with a married man) and Working Girl (sexual harassment in the work place.) There are songs about being the proverbial doormat in Handy and It's Worth It All. Of course one has to include tracks about being a jilted lover and there are three very good ones here. They are Sandcastles and Billy Sunshine in which it is not made clear whether Billy was just afraid of commitment or he was an activist and /or 60s radical and was forced underground. Also the excellent screw you garage style rocker in Reap What You Sow (b-side to Angel) which was for some unknown reason left of the original album but is rightfully included in this reissue. Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders fame penned two songs, the dream like Observation From Flight 285 (in ¾ time) and Do Unto Others. Both tracks were also featured on Raiders albums previously and Merrilee does a fine job covering them on this album. Also included is a cover of the Joe South / Deep Purple classic Hush and a country/pop treasure titled Sunshine and Roses, about a girl fighting to keep her man from the clutches of another woman. Then there is the unforgettable, million selling, international hit Angel Of The Morning. This album was recorded at the famed American Recording Studio in Memphis and was produced by the legendary Chips Moman and the late Tommy Cogbill.
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