Lost in My Dream: An Anthology 1968-1974

Lost in My Dream: An Anthology 1968-1974

by Spooky Tooth
     
 

It's reasonable, even logical, to question the need for a two-disc compilation from an early-'70s band that had negligible impact on the British or American charts or either of those country's musical sensibilities. But since 2000's That Was Yesterday only covered the years ending with 1970's The Last Puff, there was an opening, if maybe not a need, for a moreSee more details below

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It's reasonable, even logical, to question the need for a two-disc compilation from an early-'70s band that had negligible impact on the British or American charts or either of those country's musical sensibilities. But since 2000's That Was Yesterday only covered the years ending with 1970's The Last Puff, there was an opening, if maybe not a need, for a more extensive look at the act that finally called it quits after 1974's The Mirror. Also, since the band served as a breeding ground for musicians who went on to greater acclaim elsewhere (bassist Greg Ridley joined Humble Pie, guitarists Luther Grosvenor and Mick Jones followed with Mott the Hoople and Foreigner, respectively, and Gary Wright, who wrote the bulk of the group's material, went on to a solo career), Spooky Tooth is deserving of this comprehensive, 34-track, two-and-a-half-hour collection. Both Wright and vocalist/frontman Mike Harrison were captivating blue-eyed soul singers, the latter nearly the equal of, and very similar to, Steve Marriott. When they sang together and the material was of high enough quality, the effect was of a nascent Humble Pie with more soul and less boogie. Spooky Tooth's brooding, slow-to-midtempo blues-rock, tinged in the early years with more than a little psychedelia, was an intriguing concoction, especially when applied to covers such as their distinctive, and some might argue, definitive versions of Janis Ian's "Society's Child," blues staple "Tobacco Road" and "Evil Woman" (not the ELO song of the same title, but one best recognized through Canned Heat's rendition). Mike Harrison had one of the U.K.'s great voices, though he never received the acclaim he deserved, even after releasing three solo albums. Tooth's original material was inconsistent, and a career-killing collaboration with French electronic experimental composer Pierre Henry (represented here by seven-and-a-half interminable minutes of "Hosanna") that followed the band's one stab at popularity in Spooky Two, pretty much killed whatever momentum they'd built up. A few rare singles and B-sides make an appearance along with a pair of previously unreleased songs circa 1968 on disc one. Most are worth hearing, with the rare Europe-only version of "Oh! Pretty Woman" especially impressive. Disc two follows the latter part of Tooth's historical progression and is, despite no hits, also intermittently enticing. Interestingly, the final four tracks from 1974's unfairly overlooked The Mirror where lead singer Harrison was replaced by Boxer's Mike Patto, are some of the most commercial, melodic, and driving tunes the band recorded. The only glaring omission is "That Was Yesterday," not only one of the group's and Gary Wright's best moments, but the title track to two previous Spooky Tooth collections. A 16-page color booklet filled with excellent liner notes, detailed track annotation, rare photos, and an extensive history of the band help make this set the definitive profile of an act that, with a few more breaks, could have been a force to be reckoned with instead of a footnote to England's '70s blues-rock exports.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2009
Label:
Esoteric
UPC:
5013929723221
catalogNumber:
2132
Rank:
28961

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Weird
  2. Sunshine Help Me
  3. Society's Child
  4. It's All About a Roundabout
  5. Here I Lived So Well
  6. Tobacco Road
  7. Love Really Changed Me
  8. Luger's Groove
  9. The Weight
  10. When I Get Home
  11. Something Got into Your Life
  12. Lost in My Dream
  13. Better by You, Better Than Me
  14. Waitin' for the Wind
  15. Feelin' Bad
  16. Evil Woman
  17. Hangman Hang My Shell on a Tree
  18. Oh! Pretty Woman

Disc 2

  1. Hosanna
  2. The Wrong Time
  3. I Am the Walrus
  4. Son of Your Father
  5. The Last Puff
  6. Wildfire
  7. Times Have Changed
  8. Cotton Growing Man
  9. Ocean of Power
  10. As Long as the World Keeps Turning
  11. Things Change
  12. Sunlight of My Mind
  13. Fantasy Satisfier
  14. Higher Circles
  15. Hell or High Water
  16. The Mirror

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spooky Tooth   Primary Artist
Pierre Henry   electronics
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gary Wright   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Luther Grosvenor   Guitar,Group Member
Mike Harrison   Vocals,Group Member
Andy Leigh   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Val Burke   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Bryson Graham   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Mike Patto   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Ridley   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Alan Spenner   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Chris Stainton   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Mike Kellie   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Henry McCulloch   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Pierre Henry   Composer,Producer
Janis Ian   Composer
Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Gary Wright   Producer
Luther Grosvenor   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Eddie Kramer   Producer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Mike Patto   Composer
Greg Ridley   Composer
Chris Stainton   Composer,Producer
Mike Kellie   Composer
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Tape Research
A.C. Williams   Composer

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