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  • Audio CD (August 6, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: What Are Records
  • ASIN: B000001HZN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beyond The Clouds
2. Free From The City
3. What Can The Matter Be?
4. Which Way You Goin', Billy?
5. Happy Island
6. There's No Blood In Bone
7. A Good Thing Lost
8. You Took My Moonlight Away
9. Shadows On My Wall
10. That's Where I Went Wrong
11. Where Evil Grows
12. I Was Wondering
13. Tryin'
14. Winter Milk
15. Good Friends?
16. I'll See You There
17. You Don't Know What Love Is
18. I Thought Of You Again
19. Another Year, Another Day
20. Evil Overshadows Of Joe
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Led by Susan and Terry Jacks of Seasons in the Sun fame, this Canadian Pop quartet was an early-'70s chart fixture before both the band and the Jacks' marriage split up in 1973. This first-ever compilation includes the hits Which Way You Goin', Billy?; That's Where I Went Wrong (U.S. and Canadian versions); I Was Wondering , and Where Evil Grows 21 tracks!

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I love to listen to this CD on the way home in the car.
John
A GOOD THING LOST is a retrospective of the period of time in which Susan and Terry Jacks recorded together as The Poppy Family.
Harry Gene Neyhart
Terry takes a vocal at "A good thing gone wrong" and does well at it.
ggjn@sprynet.com

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Harry Gene Neyhart on September 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Anyone around in 1969-1970 could hardly escape the sounds of The Poppy Family. They were played everywhere as their hit "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" soared to the top of the charts. A followup hit of "That's where I Went Wrong" didn't do as well, but it got airplay as well. After that, their single releases largely went nowhere here in the US, but those of us who remember them, do so fondly.
Buried in my large collection of LPs, it was just recently that I found both of The Poppy Family's albums. They did two: WHICH WAY YOU GOIN'BILLY and POPPY SEEDS. The first is fairly common, while the second one is much more rare. As I spun those LPs, happily re-discovering the treasures they had on them, I found a yearning to seek these tunes out on CD.
After research, I found that this collection being offered on Amazon is currently the only CD release of the great music of The Poppy Family. A GOOD THING LOST is a retrospective of the period of time in which Susan and Terry Jacks recorded together as The Poppy Family. This CD collects 10 out of 12 songs from their first album, and 6 out of 12 from their second album. In addition there's a further 5 tracks that the duo recorded -- 3 from what would've been a third album, 1 early recording, and the US single version of "That's Where I Went Wrong". It's quite a bargain and truly provides most of the best tunes these two did.
Like the Carpenters who scored most of their hits with Karen singing lead, The Poppy Family did likewise with Susan Jacks' vocals out in front. Susan's vocals are equally as expressive as Karen's, and there are times that the similarity between the two is inescapable.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Walter Janaro on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There is no justice in this world when songs as good as these lie buried beneath a mountain of mediocre music as we listen over and over and over again to the same 300 tunes on "oldies" radio!

I recently took a chance on this CD having only an introductory knowledge of the Poppy Family (the one megahit and the three tiny followup hits). Boy, did I hit the jackpot!

There are two great things about the Poppy Family:

First, that voice! Susan Jacks, I apologize on behalf of all music lovers that we do not speak your name in the same sentence as Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter, etc. when discussing talented women of song.

And second, those arrangements! With almost all of the nuggets clocking in at under three minutes, Terry Jacks brilliantly succeeds at crafting some of the most unusual, haunting, and beautiful melodies that I have heard in years. Yes, you can think about the insightful lyrics but you can also contemplate the music itself and that is a rare thing in popland (the Left Banke comes to mind).

I love all of the tracks on this collection. If I was going to be stranded at sea and could only bring three tracks with me, they would be: "You Took My Moonlight Away", "I Was Wondering", and "I'll See You There" (apparently Terry's favorite song according to the liner notes).

Those savory pop nuggets are just a click away!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rossillio on October 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have been in love with Susan Jacks and her fabulous vocal talent since I was an 8th grader in 1970. When I first heard "Which Way You Goin', Billy?" I was totally mesmerized by Susan's voice. Her vocals were so excrutiatingly sad that I wanted to find whoever this "Billy" was and kick him 'till he was dead!
When "That's Where I Went Wrong" was released, I sincerely thought this would cement their popularity in the US, but I believe it only went top 30. The releases of "Where Evil Grows," and "I Was Wondering" landed on the bottom half of the charts and the Poppy Family never charted again. What an absolute disgrace!
The songs featured on this CD include songs from both albums released in the US and several that were not available here until now. "What Can The Matter Be" is a stunning piece of music about the horrors of discrimination - way ahead of itself for its time. Listening to the lyrics of "I Was Wondering" will make you realize that truly good music survives the test of time. The song can be applied to what's happened to our social system today, as well as it did in the 70's. "Tryin'" is probably the song that showcases Susan's voice the most, with "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Good Friends" running close behind.
One additional mention - I have a VHS copy of "The Bobby Darin Show" from 1970 featuring Linda Ronstadt singing "Long, Long Time" and the Poppy Family doing "Which Way You Goin' Billy." Since video clips were years away, this tape is well worth the cost to get to see the Poppy Family performing their hit.
Don't hesitate another minute - buy this CD and I guarantee you won't regret it.
Mike Rossillio
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KSG on January 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am so glad that I discovered this little known collection from the late 60's - early 70's. Almost every single cut, out of the 21 included, is brilliant. The songs are catchy and sometimes really strange. I could see this appealing to fans of Sousixie and the Banshees as well those of Abba. There is a lot of Indian influence, sitars and tablas. Evil overcoming innocence is a theme that occurs over and over. My favorite cuts are, Shadows on the Wall - a tribute to a child's bedtime thoughts, Beyond the Clouds - where a seed planted in the singers "garden" doesn't grow, There's No Blood in Bone - the song in which Marie goes maaaaaad and Where Evil Grows - "I should have steered clear of you, everytime I look at you evil grows in me". Great riffing guitars, catchy bass lines and cool tom-tom beats will hook you. The lead singer Susan Pesklevits was working the bare mid-riff long before J-Lo. I have played this CD for numerous friends and they all love it.
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