15. TOO PLEASED TO HELP [Bonus Track]
Rehearsal, the first of the quartet, boasts string arrangements from Robert Kirby (Nick Drake, Elton John, etc.), the perfect accompaniment for Phillipís many songs co-written with John Cokell.
The beautiful rock-pop hipsway of CHILDREN OF THE LAST WAR opens this quite brilliant new box-set and that is backed by the joyous musical ode CLIMB ABOARD MY BUS, the swarthy IN MY WORLD, the piano ballad ONE ROAD, the vaudeville-esque (HEAVEN HELP) BELINDA, and then we get the laid low LEAN ON ME and the upbeat TRAMP.
Next up are the smooth pop vibe of both GONE ARE THE SONGS OF YESTERDAY and ONCE I THOUGHT which are in turn followed by the soaringly joyful RUN SEE THE SUN, the quiet ballad JEANNIE, the mid-tempo WHEN TOMORROW COMES, the original album rounding out on the piano balladry of THE DOOR IS CLOSING, closing on two bonus tracks: the summer sunshine of both LOVE HAS GOT HOLD OF ME and TOO PLEASED TO HELP.
CD 2: I Think Iíll Write A Song (1971)
1. I THINK IíLL WRITE A SONG
2. WHO LAID YOUR LIVING DOWN
3. IN THE OLD COUNTRY
4. OH ROSANNA
5. COLD NIGHT
6. FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET
8. JINGLE JANGLE MAN
9. PARENTS EYES
10. MEDICINE MAN
11. DRINK IN THE SUNSHINE
12. I DIDNíT KNOW MYSELF [Bonus Track]
13. EVERYDAY (Single Version) [Bonus Track]
14. THATíS WHY A WOMAN NEEDS A MAN [Bonus Track]
15. OH RYKER * [Bonus Track]
16. MOTORWAYS AND PARKING BAYS * [Bonus Track]
17. COLD NIGHT (Instrumental Version) * [Bonus Track]
* Previously unissued tracks from Universal Soldier soundtrack
By the time of I Think Iíll Write A Song (1971), the band had mastered live performances and the record had a heavier, more guitar-based feel.
Up first is the jubilant title track I THINK IíLL WRITE A SONG which is backed by the lushly orchestrated duo of WHO LAID YOUR LIVING DOWN and the countrified twang of IN THE OLD COUNTRY, the funky OH ROSANNA, the heartfelt balladry of COLD NIGHT, the mid-tempo AOR of FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET, and then comes another earnest, albeit mid-tempo ballad in the form of SILVERWING, the foot-tapping JINGLE JANGLE MAN and then the dulcet PARENTS EYES.
Next up is the joyfully frenetic MEDICINE MAN (complete with studio chit-chat before it) with the original album rounding out on the laid back piano ballad DRINK IN THE SUNSHINE, with five bonus tracks, inclusive of the rock-blues of I DIDNíT KNOW MYSELF, the lonesome EVERYDAY (Single Version), the psych rocker THATíS WHY A WOMAN NEEDS A MAN and OH RYKER, closing on the foot-tapper MOTORWAYS AND PARKING BAYS and the ornate instrumental COLD NIGHT (Instrumental Version) [the latter three tracks all previously unissued tracks from Universal Soldier soundtrack].
CD 3: Songfall (1972)
2. BLUE DAY
5. THE DESERTER
6. COUNTRY GREEN AHEAD
7. WHEN WILL I BE LOVED?
8. NOT REALLY HERE RIGHT NOW
10. CHILD OF JESUS
11. NEW MOON TONIGHT
12. WHEN THAT DAY COMES
13. CITY STREETS [Bonus Track]
I Think Iíll Write A Song reverted to a more intimate style, while Songfall featured guest musicians including Ray Cooper and Rick Wakeman and re-interpretations of Buddy Hollyís Everyday and the Everly Brothers When Will I Be Loved.
This splendidly fine album opens on the beautifully balladry of MOON and the gently upbeat BLUE DAY, before reverting back to the piano for his virtually unrecognizable cover of Buddy Hollyís EVERYDAY, the Elton John-esque LEON, the low slung THE DESERTER and then both the foot-tapping COUNTRY GREEN AHEAD and the quietly countrified ballad WHEN WILL I BE LOVED? (a cover of the Every Brothers).
Up next is the gently jaunty NOT REALLY HERE RIGHT NOW and the tambourine-induced PROCESSED and they are followed by another earnest piano work on CHILD OF JESUS, the affable guitar work of NEW MOON TONIGHT the original album rounding out on the Randy Newman-esque WHEN THAT DAY COMES, closing on the solitary bonus track CITY STREETS.
CD 4: Phillip Goodhand-Tait (1973)
1. FIVE FLIGHT WALK UP
2. I THINK I CAN BELIEVE
3. ONE MORE RODEO
4. TEENAGE CANTEEN
5. FOREVER KIND OF LOVE
6. YOU ARE
8. REACH OUT FOR EACH OTHER
9. SUGAR TRAIN
10. WARM SUMMER RAIN
11. ALMOST KILLED A MAN [Bonus Track]
12. SWEET EMOTION [Bonus Track]
13. JESUS DIDNíT ONLY LOVE THE COWBOYS [Bonus Track]
The eponymous, self-titled final album of the quartet (1973), benefits greatly from DJMís huge worldwide success with a greater recording budget, opening on the piano and guitar funk of FIVE FLIGHT WALK UP and the soaring ache of I THINK I CAN BELIEVE, before heading into the accordion-infused ONE MORE RODEO, the festive rock-pop sounds of TEENAGE CANTEEN, before coming back down for the amiable balladry of both FOREVER KIND OF LOVE and the mid-tempo YOU ARE.
Up next is the preppy EMILE and the sweeping REACH OUT FOR EACH OTHER which are followed by the troubadour ode SUGAR TRAIN, the atmospheric, birds chirping, water flowing ambiance of WARM SUMMER RAIN, with the three additional bonus track being the quietly reflective ALMOST KILLED A MAN, the upbeat and joyful SWEET EMOTION, the album (and the four CD set, coming to a close on the euphorically tainted JESUS DIDNíT ONLY LOVE THE COWBOYS.
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