Groovin' Out on Life

Groovin' Out on Life

by The Newbeats
     
 
The third and final installment in Ace's series of Newbeats reissues brings its comprehensive overview of the group's Hickory recordings to a close. Unlike the previous two Ace Newbeats CDs (Bread and Butter/Big Beat Sounds and Run Baby Run), however, this disc doesn't reissue '60s Newbeats LPs with bonus tracks, instead gathering a surprisingly large quantity

Overview

The third and final installment in Ace's series of Newbeats reissues brings its comprehensive overview of the group's Hickory recordings to a close. Unlike the previous two Ace Newbeats CDs (Bread and Butter/Big Beat Sounds and Run Baby Run), however, this disc doesn't reissue '60s Newbeats LPs with bonus tracks, instead gathering a surprisingly large quantity of rarities, including 1969-1972 non-LP singles; both sides of the four 1963-1965 singles billed to Dean & Mark, a duo (Lewis "Dean" Mathis and Marcus Mathis) who comprised two-thirds of the Newbeats; and both sides of five 1963-1965 singles by the third Newbeat, Larry Henley. In addition, there's the previously unissued 1966 outtake "Come on Baby and Love Me" (penned by Jill Jones and Annette Tucker, more famous for writing the Electric Prunes' psychedelic hit "Get Me to the World on Time"). And, finally, there's a previously unissued instrumental backing track, "Jingle Jangle (World of Love)," though it's not quite certain whether this should be classified as a Newbeats recording, since the liner notes say it was actually done for Joe Melson and Larry Parks (though it was cut at a Newbeats session). Certainly it's amazing that all of this scarily rare material is available on one comprehensively annotated CD, but like the other Newbeats reissues, it doesn't contain very interesting music for the most part. The late-'60s and early-'70s singles are passably reminiscent of the late-'60s Four Seasons, perhaps with a slightly more pronounced soul-pop flavor, with the most successful of these, "Groovin' Out on Life" (written by noted swamp-pop singer Bobby Charles), reaching number 82 in 1969. The Dean & Mark sides vary between country-pop and pop
ock, with the most interesting of them, the 1963 single "With Tears in My Eyes"/"Kissin' Games," being one of the closest imitations of the early-'60s Everly Brothers ever waxed. Larry Henley's solo efforts are also in the country-influenced pop
ock category, though his wobbly vibrato vocals are hard to take, especially when they're not surrounded by two other singers. There are some obscure tunes by noted songwriters here, such as John D. Loudermilk, Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant, Sonny Curtis, and Mickey Newbury, the last of whose "East Ham Prison Farm" takes a lot of inspiration from the far more famous song "Parchman Farm." But as thoughtfully as this package was assembled, there's nothing here to attract anyone but die-hard Newbeats collectors.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/27/2005
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667016421
catalogNumber:
1088
Rank:
201354

Tracks

  1. Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)
  2. Groovin' (Out on Life)
  3. I'm a Teardrop
  4. Am I Not My Brother's Keeper
  5. She Won't Hang Her Love Out (On the Line)
  6. Remember Love
  7. Love Gets Sweeter
  8. There Oughta Be a Law ('Bout the Stuff I Saw)
  9. When I Stop Dreaming
  10. With Tears in My Eyes
  11. A Fallen Star
  12. Kissin' Games
  13. Just a Step Away
  14. You'll Never Really Know
  15. In the Middle of the Night
  16. Stickin' Up for My Baby
  17. Little Lips (Tell Big Lies)
  18. Conflicting Interests
  19. Just as Much as Ever
  20. It's Happening Again
  21. My Reason for Living
  22. His Girl
  23. I Wouldn't Trade It for the World
  24. East Ham Prison Farm
  25. I'd Be A-Lyin'
  26. Jingle Jangle (World of Love)
  27. Come on Baby and Love Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Newbeats   Primary Artist
Larry Henley   Group Member
Mark Mathis   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mickey Newbury   Composer
Bobby Charles   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Jill Jones   Composer
Larry Henley   Composer
Leon Ashley   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Gertrude Cox   Composer
Ferlin Husky   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia,Label Design
Harry Young   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Label Design
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia,Label Design
Kenny O'Dell   Composer
Margie Singleton   Composer
Earl Sinks   Composer
Bill Dees   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer
Marcus Mathis   Composer
Ricky Ray Rector   Composer
Ronald Blackwell   Composer
Mike Geiger   Composer
Annette Tucker   Composer
Larry Parks   Composer
James Joiner   Composer
Dan Folger   Composer

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