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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B0000ZMH2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Footnote
2. Sail Away
3. Look Into Her Eyes
4. I Shal Be Released
5. Frog In The Window
6. I'm Going To The City
7. Man In The Tree
8. If You Don't Want To (I Don't Mind)
9. Green And Blue
10. Mon Amour
11. Wizard Of Is
12. Frog In The Window
13. When I Was A Child
14. These Things Too

Editorial Reviews

On their 1969 debut for Reprise, these psychedelic folk-rockers steeped the eccentric songs of Tom Rapp in a heady mixture of strings, horns and sound effects. A memorable version of I Shall Be Released joins Frog in the Window; Mon Amour; Man in the Tree; Wizard of Is , and more winsome weirdness!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Walenta on March 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
While home from college back in late 1975, another vinyl LP that I bought from the bargain bin was "These Things Too" by Pearls Before Swine. Not knowing any of the music on this record, I was intrigued by the cover which is a Bellini painting of a crucified Christ showing among other things an exposed breast. Why I bought "These Things Too", however, was mainly because the record was on the Reprise label and I had never been disappointed by any record I had listened to from the good folks at Warner Bros./Reprise. However, even for an inveterate albeit youngish rock music fan with a voracious appetite for the truly eclectic like me, "These Things Too" was a tough nut to crack. What first caught my attention was that the lead singer Tom Rapp sang with a distinctive lisp. Now that's weird sounding. Moreover, here was an entire album of quiet songs gently propelled by acoustic guitars, occasionally drizzled in strings, a celeste and banjos and all having very un-rock like melodies. The only recognizable tune was Dylan's "I Shall be Released" which I found to be nicely covered by Mr. Rapp and his band of skilled musicians. Lot's of philosophical musings too, like the verse from "The Wizard of Is". "My friend, you don't have to hold back the sea, you only have to be. "Hmmm...very existential." I said to myself. "This is getting interesting". The song about the frog and it's reprise just seemed silly, however, and after several listens I filed this one away and hopped (pun intended) onto the next obscure musical event in my journey to discover myself and the dark underbelly of semi-popular music.

It was not until I acquired the re-issued compact disc version of "These Things Too" in 2005, however, did I begin to fully appreciate it's unique coolness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By taoman on July 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the one that got me hooked on PBS way back in 1969. I was then able to find the first ones in the discount bin, since PBS never made a dent in the U.S. charts to my knowledge. But there was nothing like them then, and nothing like them now. Tom Rapp succeeded in putting poetry and music together in a way many artists only attempted to do. For some, either the words (oh so precious) or music (lousy arrangements) would embarrass you, but not so with PBS. They had an original sound that somehow does not sound dated on this CD and the following 2 or 3. There is a sadness and melancholy to most of Tom's songs, but for me, it's not depressing due to the perspective inherent in the lyrics, and the beauty of the whole. His next album would be his masterpiece ("Use of Ashes") but this one is not far behind. If you missed them before, don't miss them now. Or to put it another way: "Hey, what's that at your feet? Looks kinda like jewelry. What will ya do with it?"
(By the way, Amazon, "I Shall Be Released" was written by Bob Dylan and co-written by nobody.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carter on July 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I fell in love with this album on a drive to Birmingham, where I used to live. Going down the interstate on a sunny day, listening to a tape of this on vinyl, was intoxicating. I absolutely love the SOUND of this and wish other musicians would take the time to make their albums sound this good, this warm. Oh, and of course the songs are awesome and inspired, especially Look Into Her Eyes and Sail Away and the cover of I Shall Be Released. F*@king beautiful, man!

There is a feeling of letting go, of accepting the world as it is and reveling in its beauty. When I hear it, I keep thinking back to my childhood, wandering in my back yard, through the ravine on sunny days. 4 and a half stars - for some reason I don't want to give it 5. Maybe I don't love ALL the songs, but how many times have I used "beautiful" in this review? OK.
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but like a lot of things from those days i got rid of it

kind of like putting away your toys from your youth

big mistake

i realize that now, but back then

i didn't

tom rapp and the gang were ahead of their time back then

now they're just another trip down memory lane

goes to show you how time changes

but doesn't change at the same time

peace/love/flowers
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