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Anthology 1965 - 1975

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This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1991 Rhino release. Catalog R2 70746. Each CD comes in a single jewel case and both have a saw cut on the edge of the case. There is no outer box.

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The Grass Roots shared similarities with fellow West Coast studio concoctions the Monkees and Three Dog Night--including a run of pop-savvy chart hits. Initially the studio conceit of writing/producing team P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, a duo who'd also scored hits by cloning everything from surf (the Fantastic Baggys) to folk-rock (Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction"), the Roots' evolution had strange origins, encompassing two hired, then renamed, bands. But it was the second (the former 13th Floor) that prospered, mirroring their mentors' rapidly diverging tastes, from Sloan's folkie-lite ("Where Were You When I Needed You," the reworked Italian pop hit "Let's Live for Today") to Barri's hook-heavy, Motown-inspired pop ("Midnight Confessions," "Sooner or Later," "Temptation Eyes"). This double-disc overview includes all their major hits and a well-chosen sampling of album cuts, most fueled by the familiar polished urgency of vocalist Rob Grill. Ironically, while Barri's career would gravitate toward bubblegum (including more hit-mongering with Tommy Roe and Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods), the Grass Roots' own hits would go on to influence a generation of new wavers taken by their well-honed craftsmanship and economy of purpose. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mr. Jones (Ballad Of A Thin Man)
  2. You're A Lonely Girl
  3. Where Were You When I Needed You
  4. Only When You're Lonely
  5. This Is What I Was Made For
  6. Lollipop Train (You Never Had It So Good)
  7. Tip Of My Tongue
  8. Let's Live For Today
  9. Things I Should Have Said
  10. Out Of Touch
  11. Is It Any Wonder
  12. Wake Up, Wake Up
  13. Melody For You
  14. Feelings
  15. Here's Where You Belong
  16. Midnight Confessions
  17. Bella Linda
  18. Lady Pleasure

Disc: 2

  1. Lovin' Things
  2. The River Is Wide
  3. City Women
  4. I Can't Help But Wonder, Elisabeth
  5. I'd Wait A Million Years
  6. Heaven Knows
  7. Out Of This World
  8. Walking Through The Country
  9. Baby Hold On
  10. Come On And Say It
  11. Temptation Eyes
  12. Sooner Or Later
  13. Two Divided By Love
  14. Glory Bound
  15. The Runway
  16. Anyway The Wind Blows
  17. Love Is What You Make It
  18. Mamacita


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032MQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set is very comprehensive, very enjoyable and very good.
I never knew that The Grass Roots were so prolific! Every time there was a new song, I said "Hey! I know that song!", with a great big smile on my face.
The titles are foolers. Most people are familiar with "TempTation Eyes" and "Sooner Or Later"- but songs like "The River Is Wide" and "Wait A Million years"- I didn't know I knew them intil I heard them again. Very hook-heavy! I sang myself hoarse singing along with this compilation!
This stuff is great. A little bit folk, a little bit rock, a little bit pop.
The anthology is worth the price just for the inclusion of "Mamacita"- one song I HADN'T heard vefore, but haven't stopped playing since.
This is the most played compilation in my collection!
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The GRASS ROOTS have always been one of my favoirite bands of the 60's. I have seen them live many times going back to the late 60's. I have all their vinyl albums and an almost complete set of singles.(Complete as far as I know). When their stuff came out on CD in the 80's I bought the DUNHILL Records CD's :Greatest Hits Volume one and Volume two. They were very good (At least I thought so at the time.)This set is much much better. Not only is it much more inclusive but the sound quality is far better. More open sounding, cleaner.
I looked in my BILLBOARD book of top 40 hits. The Grass Roots hit the top 40 fouteen times, and all the hits are here.I recommend this set to any Grass Roots fan or anyone who really wants to hear what 60's pop beyond the Beatles was all about.
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The Grass Roots are one of the finest and most prolific pop recording acts of the late 60s and early 70s. Despite this, most know little of the band's extensive body of work beyond, perhaps, a few top ten hit singles which they frequently hear on oldies radio stations. This lack of exposure is difficult to comprehend and has done the band a great disservice. What this double CD does is offer 36 of their finest recordings, including not only all 21 of their Billboard Hot 100 hits...but also some fabulous album tracks, more obscure singles and B-sides. Although one of their best ("I Can Turn Off the Rain") is not included (this is on their 16 Greatest Hits album), these selections still capture the essence of the band, which evolved and grew out of several structural and personnel changes throughout its life. The listener can hear the band's gradual evolution from its "grassroots" rebellious folk-rock of the mid and late 60s with tunes like "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Lollipop Train" and "Let's Live For Today" to its late 60s/early 70s exciting, brassy adult-styled pop-rock beginning with "Midnight Confessions", and culminating with such powerful gems as "Lovin' Things", "I'd Wait A Million Years", "Baby Hold On" and the "Runway". The Grass Roots' tremendous versatility is further demonstrated with the lovely slow ballad "I Can't Help But Wonder, Elisabeth". Fine song writing coupled with great vocals and group harmonizing helped to create the powerful, climactic sound that is all their own. The Grassroots (as their name was originally spelled) obviously had some influence on other popular high-quality artists (like Chicago).Read more ›
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I don't think The Grass Roots get the credit or respect for being a very good pop band. They turned out hits and respectable album tracks for nearly a decade.

They survived the Beatles, The Summer of Love, Altamont, and The time of 'the TV-Bands' (Archies, Partridges, et.al.).

Yes, their time finally did fade but this pricey 2 CD Rhino set is worth the money. I still keep it around for long trips.

The wife enjoys it because she recalls their hits.

There are 2 booklets with this set; one covering early Roots history and the second telling later Roots history in the nicest way possible. [Each booklet has the same cover. Don't think one is an extra. The 2nd booklet is a keeper for the track listings.]

The Grass Roots had 3 lead guitarists and a few keyboard players in their time. Rob Grill is the lone constant.

In The 2nd Booklet there is an informative track listing/history of each song.

The set is chronological. Disc 1 is 1965-1968. Disc 2 is 1969-1975.

The music speaks for itself. All the hits are here and if you don't recognize a song title don't worry---you will recall that song eventually.

Go back to 1968 or 1972. Enjoy
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Listening to the oldies stations, my wife has commented "The Grass Roots sure seem to be more popular now than I ever remember them being." She should know--she was there. But this is all to the good; despite their unsung status in the rock pantheon, these guys really were one of the most consistent hitmaking groups during the late 60s and early 70s. There's plenty of material for a double CD anthology, and Rhino, as usual has come up with an excellent compilation. All the hits are here (with the exception of the previously mentioned "I Can Turn Off the Rain"), the early stuff with P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri is touched upon, and there are bonus tracks from some of the albums--this is where they could have done better, in my opinion. Although most of the Grass Roots' hits were written from outside the group, Warren Entner, Rob Grill, and Dennis Provisor were all decent songwriters and really should be represented (they got a lot of the "B" sides on the singles)--where's "You Gotta Live For Love", "Who Will You Be Tomorrow", "Don't Remind Me", or even just for a lark, Ricky Coonce's "Truck Drivin' Man" or their late-career Randy Newman remake "Naked Man", just for curiosity's sake? Still, you can't complain too much when there's this much good AM radio gold sounding so good. One last note--somebody PLEASE reissue their album "Feelings" (represented by three tracks on the compilation)--it's definitely their finest album with the best set of hook-bearing songs and very novel arrangements--pure pleasure.
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