Ballad of Ric Menck [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A much-needed and well-assembled compilation of the artist's non-Velvet Crush material, The Ballad of Ric Menck collects 11 sparkling indie single sides, all of them rendered with master pop craftsmanship. Perhaps most notable are the half-dozen cuts Menck recorded with Paul Chastain and friends under the name the Springfields for the legendary Sarah Records label, among them beautifully jangly originals such as "Sunflower" and "Wonder," as well as covers like the Hollies' "Clown" and Matthew Sweet's "Are We Gonna Be Alright." As with the pair of Choo Choo Train tracks leading off the disc, this is all essential material that has been out of print for far too long -- a tip...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A much-needed and well-assembled compilation of the artist's non-Velvet Crush material, The Ballad of Ric Menck collects 11 sparkling indie single sides, all of them rendered with master pop craftsmanship. Perhaps most notable are the half-dozen cuts Menck recorded with Paul Chastain and friends under the name the Springfields for the legendary Sarah Records label, among them beautifully jangly originals such as "Sunflower" and "Wonder," as well as covers like the Hollies' "Clown" and Matthew Sweet's "Are We Gonna Be Alright." As with the pair of Choo Choo Train tracks leading off the disc, this is all essential material that has been out of print for far too long -- a tip of the hat to Summershine for finally making it available again. [In 2004, Menck's own label, Action Musik, reissued the album with improved sound, expanded liner notes, and five bonus tracks, one of which -- the demo for "Scatter Good Friends" -- was previously unreleased.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Action Musik
  • UPC: 795306510826
  • Catalog Number: 108
  • Sales rank: 351,011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perfect Day (3:49)
  2. 2 The Bicycle Song (2:57)
  3. 3 Clown (2:15)
  4. 4 Wishing on a Star (2:40)
  5. 5 Sunflower (3:53)
  6. 6 Are We Gonna Be Alright? (2:37)
  7. 7 Big Blue Buzz (2:53)
  8. 8 Tomorrow Ends Today (3:06)
  9. 9 Wonder (3:45)
  10. 10 She Swirls Around Me (1:37)
  11. 11 Million Tears (2:39)
  12. 12 Reachin' for the Stars (3:33)
  13. 13 Tranquil (3:13)
  14. 14 Delaware Rain (4:16)
  15. 15 Golden Hair (1:56)
  16. 16 Scatter Good Friends (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ric Menck Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals
Michael Freeman Track Performer
Michael Hausman Track Performer
Buddy Judge Track Performer
Wes Lachot Track Performer
Rick Rizzo Track Performer
Paul Chastain Track Performer
Eric Peterson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Syd Barrett Composer
Graham Nash Composer
Matthew Sweet Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Allan Clarke Composer
Adam Schmitt Remastering
James Joyce Composer
Susan Charnley Composer
Michael Freeman Engineer
Michael Hausman Engineer
Tony Hicks Composer
Wes Lachot Composer, Engineer
Ric Menck Composer, Producer
Jeff Murphy Engineer
Roger Seibel Mastering
Eric Peterson Composer
Paul Chastain Composer
Willie Wells Engineer
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