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The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969 - 1973)

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Stacked back to back, the records made by Emitt Rhodes in the short time between 1969 and 1973 stand up as one of the great brief flashes of inspiration and greatness in pop-music history. The Emitt Rhodes Recordings 1969-1973 collects all four albums the singer/songwriter/musical wiz recorded over that period of time and adds one extra track (the 1973 single "Tame the Lion"). The set starts off with the album Rhodes recorded after his band, the Merry-Go-Round, broke up in 1969. The songs are a mix of newly written ones and Merry-Go-Round leftovers recorded with studio pros filling in for the band. Not surprisingly, the record is a little scattered-sounding, with some of the songs sounding like the Baroque pop that the MGR had mastered ("You're a Very Lovely Woman," "The Man He Was"), some are experiments in different styles (the calypso-tinged "Mary Will You Take My Hand," the folky "Textile Ranch"), and quite a few point toward the simple sound he soon crafted on his debut ("Let's All Sing," "Saturday Night," "Pardon Me"). That self-titled record from 1970 is the best of the bunch; in fact, it is one of the best pop records of the '70s, and sounds like what would have happened had Paul McCartney saved up his most emotionally powerful and melodically rich post-Beatles' songs and recorded them with Badfinger as his backing band. Each song sounds like it should have been a hit single, from the heart-breakingly direct "Long Time No See" or the deceptively jubilant breakup song "With My Face on the Floor," to the anthemic George Harrison-esque "Live Till You Die" or the rollicking "Fresh as a Daisy." The pacing, sound, and feel of the record are as near perfect as you could hope, and the most impressive feat is that Rhodes did everything on the record himself. It's truly a moment of genius that Rhodes found hard to repeat. His next album, 1971's Mirror, repeats the same basic formula as Emitt Rhodes but has fewer knockout songs, and there are some hard rock (on the title track) and blues (on "I'm a Cruiser") influences creeping in around the edges and scuffing up the perfect pop. Still, the album is filled with great songs like the rollicking "Birthday Lady," the rocking "Really Wanted You," and the bleak ballad "Love Will Stone You" that help make the record a solid and highly listenable follow-up.

By the time of Farewell to Paradise, though, the twin factors of pressure from the record company and Rhodes' increasing perfectionism led to his recording a melancholy, downhearted album that has far less pop and far more introspection in its soul. There is a newfound feeling of pain and hurt that suffuses Rhodes' vocals on songs like "Trust One More" or "Blue Horizon" that gives the record some real depth, and the less focused and more folky arrangements give the record more of a Van Morrison feel than a McCartney feel. It would be easy to view the record as a disappointment on pure pop terms, but as a statement of Rhodes' disillusionment and frustration, it totally works and actually could be considered a lost treasure of the singer/songwriter era. Hearing it in context of his previous work shows just how much Rhodes had begun to change, and it makes it even more of a loss that Rhodes basically walked away from his career at the age of 24. The Emitt Rhodes Recordings 1969-1973 is essential to any fan of late-'60s/early-'70s pop music and hats off to Hip-O Select for giving Rhodes the attention he deserves.

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First of all, I am THRILLED that I-Tunes has released these recordings. I've been trying to find songs from the album, MIRROR, for years, now, with very little luck. Not only are all those songs here, but the rest of his early catalogue, as well. GREAT JOB, I-TUNES!!! As for Mr. Rhodes and the music, I am (as you might have guessed by now) a HUGE fan. Any fan of late Beatles/early McCartney solo/early Billy Joel should just play the following tracks: "Really Wanted You," "Somebody Made For Me," "Someone Died," "Birthday Lady" and "Lullabye" and you'll instantly become an Emitt Rhodes fan. Not only was this guy a terrific singer/songwriter, but, at least on the album MIRROR, a multi-instrumentalist, playing EVERYTHING on all the songs. I am now discovering songs on this collection I never heard before, and some of these are absolute gems, as well ("Trust Once More," "Bad Man," "Holly Park" etc). Great music, finally seeing the light of day after so many years buried and unavailable. Thank you, I-Tunes!!!!!!


if anyone out there is a fan of good singing, songwriting & recording out there, they really ought to punce on this collection by emitt rhodes, a lonesome southern californian genius who has been away from the music scene too long. he had a promising start with the merry-go-round and was even covered by the fairport convention on their first record. then he made his masterpiece, the self-titled 'emitt rhodes', which is indeed beatlesque, but has a certain sad 'something' all it's own. the next record, 'mirror' is equally stunning and contains perhaps his finest song, "better side of life". if you love all the b's (big star. beatles, badfinger, beach boys) jump on it!

It's not just an album, it's a saga!

I remember when this album was released. I know, I know, I'm old. But at that time, Paul McCartney had disappointed almost everyone with his initial solo releases, and Emitt Rhodes seemed to be channelling beautifully the PM everyone was expecting and never showed up. There is a great and growing cult of people like me waiting almost 40 years for this album to be released on anything other than the original vinyl. Cassette, no. 8 Track, no. CD, no. Digital, yes! And I can count on one hand the vinyl I've waited that long to buy again. Simply because, this record is on almost everyone's list of the 60's 10 best albums even though it was almost completely ignored. And that's saying a lot. It was the 60's, man.


Nacido(a): 25 de febrero de 1950 en Hawthorne, CA

Género: Pop

Años de actividad: '60s, '70s, '10s

An iconic cult figure in American pop music, Emitt Rhodes had a short career as a recording artist, but his solo debut was a brilliant exercise in Beatles-styled pop/rock that would influence generations of artists on the pop underground. Born in Decatur, Illinois on February 25, 1950, Rhodes spent most of his childhood in Hawthorne, California, and began his music career when he was 14, playing drums with a local rock band called the Emerals. A dispute with his bandmates lead to Rhodes leaving the...
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