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Oh, and Side B ain't too shabby either! :)
Anyhoo, the packaging is amazing...mini-LP gatefold with all pics and 2 pockets...one for the CD in a protective paper/plastic window sleeve...love those...and one for the booklet with liner notes. Just one quibble...having read Rick's book/memoir, there is a glaring error...the Zoot broke up when the US EMI label expressed interest to sign them and their Australian label...EMI-Columbia...would not let them go, so Rick & the boys were like, "OK, we'll break up, move to the US and reform there and sign with them!!"...well, when all that happened and Rick moved, the band stayed broken up for good...that's the truth...they almost made a BIG US impact with their cover of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby"...a heavy doomy grungy rocker arrangement, like Vanilla Fudge!! Another thing, the Zoot were NOT a "boyband" as Steve Binder described them as in the notes...they wore pink, sure, but Rick hated it "I'm not going to wear any of that pink crap!!", and Rick transformed them into a heavier Who/Vanilla Fudge-like rock & roll band...Rick's just been handed the curse of being too-good-looking, and was never really been taken seriously because of that, despite being a powerpop songwriter god and amazing guitarist.
"Beginnings..." was no different...the album is amazing Big Star/Paul McCartney orchestral powerpop with serious subject matter...why Porter/Binder wanted to plug him into the teenybop 16 magazine market is beyond me!!!Read more ›
Springfield's songs and the production sound are heavily indebted to late `60s and early `70s rock, particularly the bass, drums and piano sounds of the Beatles, Badfinger and Big Star. The album mixes deeper numbers with bubblegum, showing Springfield's voice to work well in both heavy and light arrangements. "The Unhappy Ending" anticipates the histrionics of Queen (and presages the opening of "Killer Queen"), while the happy-go-lucky (but war-tinged) "Hooky Jo" sports hooks worthy of Kasnetz-Katz and Graham Gouldman. Springfield's infatuation with Paul McCartney is evidenced by the album's chugging beats, but there are notes of soul, country-rock and pop.
The publicity build-up Springfield received with the album's success leaned to teen idoldom, and though a few of his songs offered the romance expected by readers of Tiger Beat, he also wrote of faith, regret, marital traps and suicide. The disconnect between his publicity and music, coupled with a disastrous rumor that Capitol was inflating sales numbers, doomed Springfield's initial into the U.S. market.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this album! I received it as a gift back in '73 or '74 (when it first came out) and played it all the time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marj
This is a miniature copy of the 1972 LP that is absolute perfection! Reproduces original gatefold cover & both sides open. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joy
Rick Springfield gives his EVERYTHING in this PRICELESS collaboration of music. Strong and solid guitar playing to musical instruments in complete sync. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tracy Mallon
I had all his albums and am now playing catch-up trying to get the cd versions of the albums. Some of them seem exceedingly difficult (and expensive!) to replace. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Beth Rainbow-Moonchild
Got some good stuff here...HUGE Rick fan so for me it was a no-brainer!! He just ROCKS!!! Don't know why this didn't make it in the day...Published on February 3, 2014 by La Donna L. Horejsi
I still own the vinyl copy of this great old (Classic Rock) album, but was unable to get the scratchiness out of the record, now I can play the CD, great clarity, makes me feel... Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by M.E. (Bunny) Eastveld
SUCH A TALENTED WRITER AND MUSICIAN EVEN AT THIS YOUNG AGE. A GREAT MIXTURE OF STYLES AND MATERIAL. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by sharon thomas