Best of the Frost

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The "best of the Frost"? Really? Considering that hardly any of this was previously released? It's a deceptive title for a disc that's actually a live 1969 recording of the band at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, most of it apparently previously unissued. "Apparently" because, despite a sleeve note from producer Samuel Charters, it's irritatingly unclear as to what was used on the band's official releases. What can be gleaned from the notes is that Vanguard had decided to make Frost's second album a live one, but ended up using only two tracks from these recordings, one of them a shorter version of "We Got to Get Out of This Place," here presented in all its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The "best of the Frost"? Really? Considering that hardly any of this was previously released? It's a deceptive title for a disc that's actually a live 1969 recording of the band at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, most of it apparently previously unissued. "Apparently" because, despite a sleeve note from producer Samuel Charters, it's irritatingly unclear as to what was used on the band's official releases. What can be gleaned from the notes is that Vanguard had decided to make Frost's second album a live one, but ended up using only two tracks from these recordings, one of them a shorter version of "We Got to Get Out of This Place," here presented in all its 17-minute-with-drum-solo indulgence. It's easy enough to hear why it didn't make the grade as a full album the first time around: the performance is energetic, but not as honed or clearly recorded as it could have been. With renditions of songs from all three of the Frost's Vanguard albums, it's rather workmanlike late-'60s Detroit hard rock with some psychedelic and particularly on "Sweet Lady Love" melodic pop influences. There's plenty of guitar muscle from Dick Wagner, but not much in the way of stand-out-from-the-crowd original material. It's not a bad souvenir for those interested in the band. But why not more forthrightness in the packaging, instead of coy beat-around-the-bushness and the implication that it's a best-of collection, which it isn't?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707970822
  • Catalog Number: 79708
  • Sales rank: 92,285

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Announcement (0:14)
  2. 2 Rock and Roll Music (3:10)
  3. 3 Sweet Lady Love (4:22)
  4. 4 Baby Once You Got It (5:26)
  5. 5 Donny's Blues (7:48)
  6. 6 Black as Night (3:58)
  7. 7 Fifteen Hundred Miles (2:57)
  8. 8 Take My Hand/Mystery Man (10:09)
  9. 9 Black Train (3:55)
  10. 10 We Got to Get Out of This Place (16:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Frost Primary Artist
Don Hartman Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dick Wagner Guitar, Vocals
Bob Rigg Drums
Gordy Garris Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Samuel Charters Producer, Liner Notes
Ed Friedner Engineer
Frank Rinella Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Frost Ruled The Mich Rock Seen

    Growing Up in Michigan in the mid-1960's gave me a chance to hear and see some of the greatest hard rock acts of the time. None surpassing the three Frost albums. The music was always tight and what can you say"Dick Wagner" was the primary song writer and Guitar player. The cocert at The Grandy was one of the best concerts I think I ever attended. And as much as I love the first three Albums "Frost" Live at The Grandy, And Through The Eyes Of Love,I'm greatfull that Vangaurd came around and released the very Best of The Frosts songs in the way we all loved them the most loud and live,Theres another Frost album out This Band can Rock Forever check it out.I am a Frost fan I was blessed to have grown up in a time and place that I saw and felt the heart and soul of the evalution of hard rock and it began in the Detroit rock seen of the Sixtys with Bands like the Frost, MC5, Savage Grace,Mitch Rider and The Detroit Wheels. The Maxx, Ambouy Dukes and a thousand other bands playing there hearts out in there garages all over the mid Mich, area. Great Album Great Music,Still enjoy the sound and Feel 5 Stars...

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