Rebirth [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
The first half of Rebirth is a rather phenomenal document: mood-driven and densely textured psychedelia at its very best. "Daybreak" opens the album with what seems to be a fairly quaint ditty until its controlled eruptions of orchestration, unique and enticing, cause the music to grow in dimension. "Maypole" also initially leans toward preciousness, the themes of childhood naïveté employed by dozens of bands in the wake of Sgt. Pepper's, but in its seesawing-calliope backing and minor-key shifts there is also something compellingly creepy that resonates more of shadows than innocence. It leads wonderfully into "Don't Ever Lose It," a macabre fairy tale as enigmatically...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
The first half of Rebirth is a rather phenomenal document: mood-driven and densely textured psychedelia at its very best. "Daybreak" opens the album with what seems to be a fairly quaint ditty until its controlled eruptions of orchestration, unique and enticing, cause the music to grow in dimension. "Maypole" also initially leans toward preciousness, the themes of childhood naïveté employed by dozens of bands in the wake of Sgt. Pepper's, but in its seesawing-calliope backing and minor-key shifts there is also something compellingly creepy that resonates more of shadows than innocence. It leads wonderfully into "Don't Ever Lose It," a macabre fairy tale as enigmatically disorienting as it is rocking, and the delicate "Beautiful," which particularly owing to Stephen Perron's haunting vocals lives up to its title in the spookiest of ways. "Sitting on a Flower," a Cassell Webb showcase, is also powerful stuff. The album's only significant failing is a tendency during its last half to lose sight of the experience it means to convey. The honky tonk parody "Military School" which is quite interesting musically may be a timely parable of the imbroglio in Vietnam, but it feels like an alien presence on the album, as does the goofy "I Got Involved," more akin to a 1930s radio commercial. The album rights itself nicely with "Pictorial," an epic, enveloping piece of acid dementia, and the equally fierce "Dreaming Slave," with its funky bursts of vibey jazz. Regardless of its flaws, Rebirth proves the Children to be one of the finest and most fascinating forgotten bands of the era. The Gear Fab reissue pads the original album with a wealth of goodies. The single sides from the Stoics and the Argyles are typical, if above-average, garage sneers, but the one-off single by the Mind's Eye, "Help, I'm Lost," is a classic lost garage/psych gem, unique to the genre due to its strident string embellishments. As for the post-Rebirth songs included, the rock is generally harder, dirtier, and more imbued with a spare country and blues aesthetic "Francene" is here in its original, pre-ZZ Top version, while "Force of Habit" could have been a Maria Muldaur tune. That tendency aside, "Picture Me," the scorching "Enough of What I Need," and "Once More" a lovely Pet Sounds pastiche are all in line with and as good as the material on Rebirth. A significant reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2002
  • Label: Gear Fab Records
  • UPC: 645270018722
  • Catalog Number: 187
  • Sales rank: 159,137

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Enough of What I Need (2:16)
  2. 2 Hate (2:25)
  3. 3 Farmer John (1:54)
  4. 4 White Lightnin' (2:01)
  5. 5 Still in Love With You Baby (2:02)
  6. 6 Turn on Your Love Life (3:15)
  7. 7 Help, I'm Lost - Mind's Eye (2:20)
  8. 8 Daybreak (2:32)
  9. 9 Maypole (2:48)
  10. 10 Don't Ever Lost It (3:10)
  11. 11 Beautiful (2:49)
  12. 12 Sitting on a Flower (5:11)
  13. 13 I'll Be Your Sunshine (2:56)
  14. 14 Military School (2:44)
  15. 15 I Got Involved (1:02)
  16. 16 Pictorial (7:41)
  17. 17 Dreaming Slave (4:02)
  18. 18 Picture Me (2:38)
  19. 19 Enough of What I Need (2:01)
  20. 20 Pills (She Went to My Head) (2:47)
  21. 21 Once More (2:16)
  22. 22 Fire Ring (3:55)
  23. 23 Francene (3:30)
  24. 24 It Won't Show on Me (2:59)
  25. 25 Take a Look (2:52)
  26. 26 Force of Habit (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Children Primary Artist
Cassell Webb Vocals
William Ash Guitar
Louis Cabaza Organ, Bass, Piano, Tuba, Vibes
Stephen Perron Vocals
Andrew Szuch Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Frank Davis Engineer
Walter Andrus Engineer
David James Liner Notes
Lelan Rogers Producer
Louis Cabaza Orchestration
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