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Listen Listen: Definitive Collection [Import, Original recording remastered]

The Merry-Go-RoundAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B0007XTO5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Live
2. Time Will Show The Wiser
3. On Your Way Out
4. Gonna Fight The War
5. Had To Run Around
6. We're In Love
7. You're A Very Lovely Woman
8. Where Have You Been All Of My Life
9. Early In The Morning
10. Low Down (Kato)
11. Clown's No Good
12. Gonna Leave You Alone
13. Mother Earth
14. Pardon Me
15. Textile Factory
16. Someone Died
17. Come Ride, Come Ride
18. Let's All Sing
19. Holly Park
20. Mary Will You Take My Hand
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

A first ever CD collection of this enigmatic, much quoted and collectable band led by Emmitt Rhodes who wrote most of the music.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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Rev-Ola's 29-track collection pulls together everything that was released by this Southern California band, along with the solo LP that group leader Emitt Rhodes waxed before heading off to record for Dunhill. This includes the whole of the band's eponymous 1967 LP (tracks 1-12), the 1971 Emitt Rhodes LP "The American Dream" (tracks 13-24), and five A- and B-sides from singles. For good measure, the CD includes a bonus track of the band playing the Beach Boys' "California Girls" with their A&M label head Herb Alpert on trumpet.

The debut album shows the band to have merged its West Coast background (Palace Guard, Leaves, Grass Roots) with a substantial British Invasion influence (Beatles, Badfinger, Zombies). There's also a helping of the ornate baroque-rock brought to the charts by Michael Brown and the Left Banke. These influences stayed with Rhodes as the band members peeled off and left him to record solo sides with session players from the Wrecking Crew. Unsurprisingly, the later sides show influence of later Beatles work - particularly the Magical Mystery Tour era Paul McCartney.

The Merry Go Round's album is superb, from the well-known "Live" (covered popularly by The Bangles) and the brilliantly produced follow-up "Time Will Show the Wiser" (covered by Fairport Convention on their own debut) to the minor-key "You're a Very Lovely Woman" (covered by Linda Ronstadt in 1971). Rhodes' songs were more than good enough to garner covers by other artists, they convinced his label to let he and the band write their entire debut album. His writing became increasingly sophisticated as he recorded his contractual obligation follow-up for A&M, and though the session players give the album a less organic quality, their playing is top-notch. This is a must-have for Emitt Rhodes fans, as well as anyone who loves late-60s/early-70s West Coast pop-rock. [©2005 hyperbolium dot com]
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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This is so long overdue!!! I have been waiting decades for a definitive Merry Go Round collection. Rev-Ola, a fantastic reissue outfit from the UK, has done a class job here. Great sound, complete track listing (29 songs plus a hidden track, historical, just check the liner notes to avoid confusion!) and excellent notes and photos. The core of this collection are the 14 songs that Rhino had issued in 1985 on LP, including the hits Live and You're a Very Lovely Woman, as well as the lesser known but exquisite Listen, Listen, On Your Way Out and the signature tune Come Ride, Come Ride, which in my opinion is a masterpiece of baroque pop psychedlia. There are some duff tracks, but this is fine considering the ages of the group members, and the rushed nature of their recordings. An incredible release, and highly recommeded to fans of great 60s pop, think Beatles, Left Banke and Zombies... not to mention Three O'Clock and Bangles!!!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Accident for me: The Merry-Go-Round! July 14, 2006
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I discovered this band totally by accident either while surfing here at amazon or on allmusic.com. I had never heard of them.

Not a word. Then I read the review on allmusic and heard the 30 second samples.

Amazing! How did this get ignored back in 1967 or 1968?

It's very very good. Very Beatle-esque but not in a bad way.

It's also a tad folky or Byrds-ish which is a plus!

Emmitt Rhodes was born in Hawthorne, CA according to allmusic.com. While I've heard British groups sound American this is the most British I've ever heard an American Group sound.

Track 2 features backwards and sped up guitars. Track 12 features fuzzed out guitars.

Remember that Utopia album, Deface The Music? It was Todd Rundgren doing the Beatles.

Remember the Rutles and how Beatles-like they sounded?

This band beats both of them hands down. Of course they have an advantage. They're not writing pun-filled opposite titled tracks like Utopia and the Rutles did.

I hear elements of folk: think Peter, Paul and Mary but in a real good way. There's California Pop: imagine the best Mamas and Papas tracks but just the guys on vocals.

The first 12 tracks represent the one album The Merry-Go-Round recorded. The next batch is an Emmitt Rhodes solo album with session men.

The tone of the music changes from the Beatle-esque pop to a collage of styles but Mr. Rhodes song writing is very solid.

Track 14 reminds me of Eric Carmen. Track 18 starts out like a lost Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds a-side.

Tracks 26-29 are from Merry-Go Round singles and "Listen, Listen" really rocks out. The guitars really ring loud. I love this song.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Emitt Rhodes! October 17, 2005
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Merry-Go-Round, led by singer and songwriter Emitt Rhodes, only achieved to release one album. This album "Live-You're a Very Lovely Woman", named from their first AM single released in 1967, has until recently been fairly easy to find at second-hand record stores. The band released a couple of more singles during their short lifespan. They officially disbanded in 1969, but the band had been in ruins months before, due to internal problems . Some of these AM Records recordings were in fact Emitt solo projects, and when Rhodes left for Dunhill Records in 1969-70, AM Records decided to release these later Merry-Go-Round recordings in Rhodes' name as "The American Dream". This obviously did not help Rhodes' solo career that two albums appeared almost simultaniously on the market bearing his name. He did have a minor hit with his first Dunhill single "Long Time No See", though. A paradox it is that both records are in fact pretty outstanding; especially his first Dunhill album is a classic. Rhodes only released 3 albums before he stopped his recording career.

The Merry-Go-Round album is a typical 1960's release, obviously greatly inspired by the Beatles, but still very American in sound - a bit like Buffalo Springfield or early Jefferson Airplane. It contains some great songs like "Time Will Show the Wiser" ( covered by Fairport Convention on their 1967 album ), "On Your Way Out", "Had to Run Around", "Gonna Leave You Alone" and the single-tracks "Live" and "You're a Very Lovely Woman".

During 1967-68 Rhodes' songwriting and singing style became even more Beatles-influenced and these songs sound very much like The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" recordings. He even sings with a British accent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen, Listen to the mega-talented Emitt Rhodes!
If you like Paul McCartney's post-Beatles albums, you will love Emitt Rhodes. But as a long-time Beatles fan, I would say that Emitt Rhodes may have even surpassed McCartneys... Read more
Published 3 months ago by william west
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection
The Merry Go Round was a good band featuring a GREAT songwriter in Emitt Rhodes. Most of the songs are terrific, with "Live", "Time Will Show The Wiser",... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rockstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure re-discovered
Merry Go Round was such a terrific band back in the day. Although they were not long-lived, this CD contains all their hits and some other wonderful stuff most of us never heard. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Thomas Juvik
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite...
Oh yeah, now I remember why Emmitt Rhodes became a producer. Only those of us seeking some sort of obscure memory should purchase this music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by lmelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Take and Early Ride on the Merry Go Around with Emitt Rhodes. Nearly...
Finally the Merry Go Round make it to CD. This is truly the definitive collection that contains the first album and gathers up the lost B-sides to the singles. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Karl Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I've been looking for
My husband is into old music that is no longer avaiable in your local stores . He was very excited to find this CD & said it was a great buy . Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by Judy Nunnenkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me over 40 years to hear this
This is yet another 60's band that was as good as the Beatles, so why have I never heard them on the radio? Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by David A. Elliott Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars More Music They Didn't Let Me Hear When I Was Young(er)
See my review of Joe (sorry professor) Byrd and the Field Hippies. This is so good that I want to burn my Doors music. That's a joke! That's a joke! Read more
Published on December 13, 2009 by Thomas Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars a COMPACT disc, literally....
"Definitive" is spot-on the best word to describe this fine Rev-Ola compilation, as all the RELEASED songs are represented here (completists would want ALL the single 'A'-sides in... Read more
Published on August 12, 2009 by Russell Mariacher
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
If you know Emmitt Rhodes, and too few people know this great talent, it is probably from his early 1970s solo albums. Read more
Published on July 12, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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