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Part of My Past

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is an amazing CD reissue, three times over -- for psychedelic music buffs, British R&B and soul enthusiasts, and fans of the progressive rock band Gentle Giant which evolved out of Simon Dupree & the Big Sound. And it's also incredibly long overdue. Best-known for their Oriental ersatz pop-psychedelic classic "Kites," Simon Dupree & the Big Sound actually started out as a blues and R&B-based outfit, not too different from the Spencer Davis Group. This double-CD set covers their complete EMI output, most of which has never been reissued, and almost all of which is very impressive and even manages to intersect obliquely with Apple Records' orbit. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is an amazing CD reissue, three times over -- for psychedelic music buffs, British R&B and soul enthusiasts, and fans of the progressive rock band Gentle Giant which evolved out of Simon Dupree & the Big Sound. And it's also incredibly long overdue. Best-known for their Oriental ersatz pop-psychedelic classic "Kites," Simon Dupree & the Big Sound actually started out as a blues and R&B-based outfit, not too different from the Spencer Davis Group. This double-CD set covers their complete EMI output, most of which has never been reissued, and almost all of which is very impressive and even manages to intersect obliquely with Apple Records' orbit. The group's early soul-oriented sides are killers, exciting, totally convincing pieces of British-made R&B that, in the case of "Love" and "Medley: 60 Minutes of Your Love/A Lot of Love," should have placed them head-to-head with the likes of Steve Winwood and the Spencer Davis Group. Even when they move into a slightly trippier sound, on "There's a Little Picture Playhouse," the group still utilizes a basic soul backing. And "Kites," coming along in the middle of the first disc, is such a radical departure from everything before it, that it's astonishing to hear in this context, even knowing the song well -- the rest of the CD is made up of trippy psychedelic ballads with Mellotron accompaniment, often with punchy acoustic rhythm guitars. It's all very pretty and inventive in a pop context, and rivals or surpasses the psychedelic sides of Rainbow Ffolly and most other EMI artists of the era this side of the Beatles and maybe the Move. The highlight of the group's post-"Kites" output was the single "Part of My Past," which was recorded during sessions for what was to have been their second album, Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friend. That entire unreleased album is here, as the first 16 tracks on Disc Two, and they are a wonder -- the best parts include a gorgeous pop-psych ballad called "What in This World" that doesn't even have a songwriting credit; "Wha Cha Gonna Do," with its "Strawberry Fields Forever" opening and impassioned vocals; the almost-lewd "Don't Make It So Hard On Me Baby," with a vocal that was a holdover from the group's soul era; the bouncy, vaguely Bee Gees-like "Kindness"; and the trippy, spacey "Castle in the Sky," one of the finest pieces of psychedelic pop
ock ever to come out of EMI or, more properly, never to come out from EMI -- until now. The latter should have been another "King Midas in Reverse," but thanks to the failure of "Part of My Past," the whole LP was shelved. The rest of the second disc is comprised of a short string of disappointing pop
ock singles -- vaguely reminiscent of the late-'60s Hollies -- imposed upon the group by their management, concluding with their extrovert rendition of the James Taylor-authored "Something in the Way She Moves Me," backed with a progressive-sounding, organ-heavy B-side, "I'm Going Home," authored by Reginald Dwight in the period before he became Elton John. This is followed by the complete contents of the group's only released LP, Without Reservations, which repeats the same R&B-era singles and B-sides i.e., their pre-"Kites" work from Disc One, only in their punchier mono mixes. The remastering is impeccable, the packaging beautifully illustrated with period photos of the band, and thorough annotation by David Wells.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724359372723
  • Catalog Number: 593727

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I See the Light - Big Sound Authority (2:19)
  2. 2 It Is Finished - Big Sound Authority (3:03)
  3. 3 Reservations - Big Sound Authority (2:26)
  4. 4 You Need a Man - Big Sound Authority (2:31)
  5. 5 Day Time, Night Time - Big Sound Authority (2:17)
  6. 6 I've Seen It All Before - Big Sound Authority (2:49)
  7. 7 Medley: 60 Minutes of Your Love/A Lot of Love - Big Sound Authority (4:37)
  8. 8 Love - Big Sound Authority (3:06)
  9. 9 Get Off My Bach - Big Sound Authority (2:03)
  10. 10 There's a Little Picture Playhouse - Big Sound Authority (2:15)
  11. 11 What Is Soul - Big Sound Authority (2:36)
  12. 12 Teacher, Teacher - Big Sound Authority (2:06)
  13. 13 Amen - Big Sound Authority (2:27)
  14. 14 Who Cares - Big Sound Authority (2:35)
  15. 15 Kites - Big Sound Authority (3:45)
  16. 16 Like the Sun Like the Fire - Big Sound Authority (2:28)
  17. 17 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Big Sound Authority (3:08)
  18. 18 Sleep - Big Sound Authority (3:03)
  19. 19 Part of My Past - Big Sound Authority (3:20)
  20. 20 This Story Never Ends - Big Sound Authority (2:10)
  21. 21 Thinking About My Life - Big Sound Authority (2:35)
  22. 22 Velvet and Lace - Big Sound Authority (2:12)
  23. 23 We Are the Moles, Pt. 1 - The Moles (4:32)
  24. 24 We Are the Moles, Pt. 2 - The Moles (2:45)
  25. 25 Broken Hearted Pirates - Big Sound Authority (2:41)
  26. 26 She Gave Me the Sun - Big Sound Authority (2:38)
  27. 27 The Eagle Flies Tonight - Big Sound Authority (2:25)
  28. 28 Give It All Back - Big Sound Authority (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stained Glass Window - Big Sound Authority (2:07)
  2. 2 Please Come Back - Big Sound Authority (2:42)
  3. 3 Light on Dark Water - Big Sound Authority (1:54)
  4. 4 What in This World - Big Sound Authority (3:13)
  5. 5 What Cha Gonna Do - Big Sound Authority (2:48)
  6. 6 Don't Make It So Hard (On Me Baby) - Big Sound Authority (3:03)
  7. 7 Kindness - Big Sound Authority (2:32)
  8. 8 Castle in the Sky - Big Sound Authority (2:46)
  9. 9 Loneliness Is Just a State of Mind - Big Sound Authority (2:56)
  10. 10 Laughing Boy from Nowhere - Big Sound Authority (2:50)
  11. 11 You - Big Sound Authority (2:13)
  12. 12 Can't You See - Big Sound Authority (2:50)
  13. 13 Now - Big Sound Authority (2:29)
  14. 14 Rain - Big Sound Authority (3:19)
  15. 15 Something in the Way She Moves - Big Sound Authority (2:36)
  16. 16 I'm Going Home - Big Sound Authority (3:44)
  17. 17 Medley: 60 Minutes of Your Love/A Lot of Love - Big Sound Authority (4:37)
  18. 18 Love - Big Sound Authority (3:06)
  19. 19 Get Off My Bach - Big Sound Authority (2:02)
  20. 20 There's a Little Picture Playhouse - Big Sound Authority (2:15)
  21. 21 Day Time, Night Time - Big Sound Authority (2:32)
  22. 22 I See the Light - Big Sound Authority (2:23)
  23. 23 What Is Soul - Big Sound Authority (2:36)
  24. 24 Teacher, Teacher - Big Sound Authority (2:12)
  25. 25 Amen - Big Sound Authority (2:26)
  26. 26 Who Cares - Big Sound Authority (2:33)
  27. 27 Reservations - Big Sound Authority (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simon Dupree & the Big Sound Primary Artist
Chris Gunning Conductor
Big Sound Authority Track Performer
Technical Credits
Eddie Floyd Composer
Elton John Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Mike Hugg Composer
John Burgess Producer
Homer Banks Composer
Johnny Durrill Composer
Norm Ezell Composer
Bob Gallo Composer
Chris Gunning Arranger
Isaac Hayes Composer
Hal Hackaday Composer
Evelyn "Champagne" King Composer
Peter Mew Remastering
David Paramor Producer
David Porter Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Gary Zekley Composer
Michael Rabon Composer
Jonathan Peel Producer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Simon Dupree & the Big Sound Composer
Hugh Gilmour Artwork
Paul Smith Composer
David Wells Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
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