Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Released in 1969, this is an excellent collection of pop/soul oldies that was advertised and sold via TV on the Crystal Corporation label. I bought this LP as a cutout when I was a little kid and it provided my first introduction to "San Franciscan Nights" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion" while solidifying my fandom for psychedelic Cowsills and Vanilla Fudge. Derek's ode to Neil Diamond, "Cinnamon," keeps things uptempo as do The Turtles and Johnny Nash. "The Worst That Could Happen" by Brooklyn Bridge (written by Jimmy Webb) is a personal favorite also.Side one is full of great psychedelic 60's pop and side two is more R&B flavored with some unusual live tracks by Dionne Warwick, Smokey & The Miracles and Joe Tex.
A1 Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion
A2 Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin' On
A3 The Animals – San Franciscan Nights
A4 The Brooklyn Bridge – The Worst That Could Happen
A5 Bee Gees – To Love Somebody
A6 The Cowsills – The Rain, The Park And Other Things
A7 Derek – Cinnamon
A8 The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun
A9 The Lovin' Spoonful – Summer In The City
A10 The Turtles – Happy Together
B1 Righteous Brothers – You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
B2 Dionne Warwick – Walk On By (Live)
B3 J.J. Jackson – But It's Alright
B4 The Miracles – Shop Around (Live)
B5 Joe Tex – Hold On To What You've Got (Live)
B6 Ben E. King – Stand By Me (Live)
B7 Janis Joplin – Down On Me
B8 Dionne Warwick – Reach Out For Me (Live)
B9 The Rascals – Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
B10 Johnny Nash – Hold Me Tight

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