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Smith were discovered in an LA nightclub by none other than Del Shannon, who got them signed to ABC-Dunhill and arranged their smash hit cover of Baby, Its You. They also boasted one of the best albeit largely unknown female singers of the 60s in the person of Gayle McCormick, who, with her blonde good looks and powerful, bluesy voice, seemed destined to lead Smith to big things (she did go on to record a series of solo albums for Dunhill). However, the band broke up after these two albums, and while the first album was reissued on a long out-of-print (and now very expensive) CD, the second album has never been reissued in any format until now. Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in NYC, with liner notes by Richie Unterberger and added photos. One of the missing links in the late-60s LA scene!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lets Get Together
  2. I Dont Believe
  3. Tell Him No
  4. Who Do You Love
  5. Baby Its You
  6. Last Time
  7. I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  8. Mojaleskey Ridge
  9. Lets Spend the Night Together
  10. Ill Hold Out My Hand
  11. You Dont Love Me (Yes I Know)
  12. Born in Boston
  13. Comin Back to Me
  14. Feel the Magic
  15. Jason
  16. What Am I Gonna Do
  17. Take a Look Around
  18. Since You ve Been Gone
  19. Circle Man
  20. Minus-Plus


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B00GUP9P6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John H. McCarthy on February 15, 2014
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Real Gone Music, a fairly new reissue label, have released a CD compiling the only two albums by SMITH, 'A Group Called SMITH' and 'Minus-Plus.' There was an older CD on Varese Sarabande that featured the complete first album, a track from 'Minus-Plus,' their version of "The Weight" which was featured on the 'EASY RIDER ' soundtrack (due to legal issues over THE BAND's original, which was in the movie) and two tracks from lead singer Gayle McCormick's first solo album. There have also been expensive import releases of the individual albums,most of questionable legality. It's odd that Real Gone didn't include "The Weight," especially since the SMITH and soundtrack masters are both owned by Universal, otherwise the label did a great job with the remastering. Kudos also for designing the CD to resemble the old Dunhill Records label. The informative booklet features a band history and full page reproductions of both album covers. The founders of Real Gone Music, Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana, were respectively the former heads of Collectors' Choice Music and Hep Cat Records. Anderson oversaw all the reissues on the Collector's Choice label, which have reverted to a trickle since his departure......

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Wow! That Gail McCormack, what a voice! Like something between Dusty Springfield and Janice Joplin. A real blues shouter, but with a sultry, pop side. Great songs! My favorite is Mojaleskey Ridge, Great lyric! If I'm not mistaken, the song was written by Dunhill staff writers Price & Walsh, the same guys that wrote a lot of the Grass Roots songs. Very versatile song writers.
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Combining both of their albums on one disc was a great idea. A Group Called Smith is the better of the two, but both are worth having. The only thing that would have made this perfect would be if they had included The Weight, which would have made this a "complete" release. Fortunately, I have the earlier CD of A Group Called Smith (on Varese), which does contain the song (along with a couple of McCormick's later hits). It's sad that McCormick died recently, but at least she lived long enough to see all of her work at Dunhill released on CD. It's sad that no one could make Smith work out as well as they did on the debut album. The sound quality here is far superior to the Varese disc.....clean, clear and hot.
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I have purchased this band's cds in the past and they are seemingly better. That is, I have more an appreciation for the spectrum for band performance, and the cd's sound quality. Over all, it is a very good cd and well worth the ticket price. I hope you enjoy yours as I enjoy mine.
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When my boss saw my LP of SMITH I mentioned they did "Baby It's You", because he knew and worked with Burt Bacharach.

I said The Beatles also recorded it, and he erupted - " B. S. !!!", and "I'll bet you fifty bucks they didn't!"

I'm a first-gen Beatle fan, so I said "Harry, I'll take five bucks, if you want to bet, because you will lose!"

Next day, I brought in the album, and Harry bought my lunch. Cheap date!

The energy that Smith packs into this cover version almost makes it their own, much in the way that Love's version of Bacharach's "Little Red Book" did.

Gail's voice is so powerful, and the band backs her up adroitly.
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Very good sound - recreated the Vinyl of old!
Gayle McCormick is an absolute top-
vokalist up the with the biggest. The band
is tight and rough - love there all over
Feeling. Rock at it's best.
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INTRODUCTION:

Smith was a pop-rock band from Los Angeles, California, consisting of Gayle McCormick (vocals), Rick Cliburn and Alan Parker (guitars), Larry Moss (keyboards), Jerry Carter (bass) and Robert Evans (drums). They sang mostly cover songs. Their first single, Baby It’s You (originally by the Shirelles) shot up to #5 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. Their first LP A Group Called Smith also reach #17 on Billboard 200 in 1969. In this LP, the leads were split among several members: Cliburn (4), Carter (1)(on Who Do You Love?) and McCormick the rest (including Baby It’s You). In their next and final LP, Minus-Plus, Cliburn and Carter were replaced by Alan Parker and Judd Huss respectively. Eight of the ten songs were Smith originals. In this album, McCormick took the majority of the leads, but the sessions were much tougher the second time around because McCormick might have a nervous breakdown during that time. Take A Look Around was the leftover from the sessions from the first LP. Minus-Plus only reached #74 in 1970. Smith has 5 charted entries on Billboard Hot 100. After breakup, McCormick did a few solo albums, one of which (Gayle McCormick) reached #198 in 1971.

CONTENT:

This CD contains the 2 complete albums (20 songs), from which all their singles (a and b-sides) are found. There are 20 songs.
A Group Called Smith (Dunhill/ABC 50056)(5/1969)
Minus-Plus (Dunhill/ABC 50081)(74/1970)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time the second album Minus-Plus appears on CD. Their first album was released on CD in 1994 (Varese Sarabande).
2 This is also the first time where all their charted singles (a and b-sides) are found in one package.
3 The sound is superb as per high standard at Real Gone Music.
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