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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Grass Roots - Leaving It All Behind (1969 us, west coast, sunshine pop, blue eyed soul, 2010 edition)



For a brief period of time between (about 1966 and 1972, give or take), the Grass Roots were a hit machine: fourteen Top 40 hits, a handful of gold singles, including one tune (“Let’s Live For Today”) that iconically captures its time as clearly as Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” or Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”

In the hands of producer Steve Barri, the Grass Roots had grown from a hastily assembled cover band to a full-fledged writing and performing force. Despite having lost lead guitarist Creed Bratton earlier in the year, the band gained keyboardist Dennis Provisor, who turned out to be a valuable addition to the lineup.

The first single for the album came out before the rest of the album had been finished, and it was a smash: I’d Wait A Million Years.” When the record was finally finished, there was another Top 25 track lurking in the grooves: “Heaven Knows.” But don’t overlook such underrated pop gems as “Out Of This World” and “Melinda Love.” The latter proves, if you’ll pardon the double negative, that there’s no song that can’t be improved with hand claps.


Tracks
1. I'm Livin' For You Girl (H. Price, D. Walsh) - 2:32
2. Nack To Dreamin' Again (K. Nolan) - 2:37
3. Out Of This World (D. Lambert, B. Potter) - 2:48
4. Melinda Love (W.Entner, R. Grill, S. Barri) - 2:38
5. Don't Remind Me (W. Entner) - 2:33
6. Take Him While You Can (B. Provisor) - 2:54
7. Heaven Knows (H. Price, D. Walsh) - 2:26
8. Walking Through The Country (B. Provisor) - 3:56
9. Something's Comin Over Me (R. Grill) - 2:46
10.Truck Drivin' Man (R. Grill) - 3:06
11.Wait A Million Years (G. Zeckley, M. Bottler) - 3:22

The Grass Roots
*Warren Entner - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
*Rob Grill - Bass, Vocals
*Ricky Coonce - Drums
*Dennis Provisor - Keyboards
*Terry Furlong - Guitar

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