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Album Review

With an ever-shifting lineup, and tightly controlled (at least initially) by the crack writing and production team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, the Grass Roots never really had a strong public identity during their peak years in the mid-'60s through the early '70s, but managed to turn out several memorable (if hardly innovative) singles none the less. Starting with the gentle folk-rock of "Where Were You When I Needed You" in 1965, followed by the sitar-laced "Let's Live for Today," the Grass Roots seemed like a somewhat watered-down version of the Byrds, but with 1968's "Midnight Confessions," they took a turn in the Motown direction, and following the sleek, sexy "Temptation Eyes" in 1971, they ended up sounding more like the prototype for Hall & Oates. In the end, their best singles survive on the oldies radio stations because they are solidly produced, and at a time when social relevance seemed to be the flavor, the Grass Roots sang about sex and lust in a veiled and singalong style, making them a tremendous guilty pleasure. The bare essentials are all here on this collection, although Rhino's two-disc Anthology remains the last word.

Customer Reviews


This is a remake done by Goldenlane Records, and is decidedly NOT The Grass Roots. Who the actual musicians are that Goldenlane hired is unclear, since they don't publish this information. But I don't believe Rob Grill, The Grass Roots front man, is one of them... As remakes go, it's pretty bad... Notice that Goldenlane tries to simulate a period cover design to go the extra distance in trying to fool you into a purchase. Well, listen, and you can make up your own mind. --The real tracks are available on iTunes, though...

Enough is enough!!

With God knows how many fake "Roots" Greatest Hits on iTunes who needs another? This is pure nonsense... come on iTunes, get rid of the garbage and keep the two or three CDs that contain the real music by the real group. As a matter of fact, go to Germany and get the second and third LPs that the group cut ("Lets Live For Today" and "Feelings") (now available on one CD) and get it out here. On top of that, their very first LP is available now as well. Lets get the real stuff out here and dump this junk.

do not buy

this is a copy cat. the only way to stop this is to fill a com to i tunes and get your money back I am geting turned off of i tunes , and fill a complant to ascap in ca.


Formed: 1964 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Grass Roots had a series of major hits -- most notably "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions," "Temptation Eyes," and "Two Divided by Love" -- that help define the essence of the era's best AM radio. Although the group's members weren't even close to being recognizable, and their in-house songwriting was next to irrelevant, the Grass Roots managed to chart 14 Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and one platinum single, and two had hits collections that effortlessly went gold. The...
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