That's the Way It's Gonna Be

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although there are liner notes to this 20-song compilation, complete with quotes from Mallory himself, the track listings are so vague as to give the impression that someone's trying to keep secrets. No dates, no recording release information, no data on what was officially released or previously unreleased, though there are plenty of listings for personnel, songwriting, and production credits. A press release does clarify that it's a collection of 1966-1970 demos, including four songs that were re-recorded for Mallory's pair of official Valiant 45s. The haziness gets a bit in the way of evaluating the music, which is pretty fair, though not astounding, sunshine pop....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although there are liner notes to this 20-song compilation, complete with quotes from Mallory himself, the track listings are so vague as to give the impression that someone's trying to keep secrets. No dates, no recording release information, no data on what was officially released or previously unreleased, though there are plenty of listings for personnel, songwriting, and production credits. A press release does clarify that it's a collection of 1966-1970 demos, including four songs that were re-recorded for Mallory's pair of official Valiant 45s. The haziness gets a bit in the way of evaluating the music, which is pretty fair, though not astounding, sunshine pop. The melodies are attractive but not stellar, and the harmonies and production elaborately crafted but kind of cloying, as is the case with many recordings with which Curt Boettcher was associated and he was involved in the production of virtually all of this stuff. The best cut is certainly "That's the Way It's Gonna Be," which redone as a Valiant single made the bottom of the Top 100, and has a pretty supercharged Southern California sunshine pop stomp, particularly for a song co-written by folkys Phil Ochs and Bob Gibson. Most of the tunes are Mallory originals, which ensures that they're less saccharine than some other Boettcher productions, though they're still on the helium-light and optimistic side. It's recommended to fans of Mallory's late-'60s band the Millennium, though not as impressive, even if it's somewhat less airy-fairy in mood an exception being "I'm With You," which was on the Millennium album, though it's not noted whether this is the official version or an alternate or demo. Actually some of the presumably later demos get into tougher guitar textures with shades of hard rock and soul, though these weren't Mallory's forte.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • EAN: 5013929430624
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 163,616

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's the Way It's Gonna Be (3:05)
  2. 2 Many Are the Times (3:10)
  3. 3 Take My Hand (2:24)
  4. 4 The Love Song (2:41)
  5. 5 Wild Mountain Thyme (3:05)
  6. 6 Come on In (2:52)
  7. 7 Magic Land (3:30)
  8. 8 Hey You (2:06)
  9. 9 I'm Not Gonna Cry (3:13)
  10. 10 Magic Island (3:08)
  11. 11 Love Is a Four Letter Word (2:26)
  12. 12 Putting It Together (3:13)
  13. 13 Talk About (2:32)
  14. 14 Smile at Me (2:06)
  15. 15 All That I Am Is Me (2:17)
  16. 16 Love at Last (2:53)
  17. 17 No Other Love (3:00)
  18. 18 Them Words (3:02)
  19. 19 You're Got Me Movin' (2:22)
  20. 20 I'm With You (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Mallory Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Curt Boettcher Theremin, Vocals, Background Vocals, Oscillator
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar
Michael Fennelly Guitar, Vocals
Ruthann Friedman Background Vocals
Bobby Jameson Background Vocals
Ben Benay Guitar
Ron Edgar Percussion, Drums
Toxey French Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Jim Horn Brass, Woodwind
Butch Parker Guitar
Doug Rhodes Bass, Keyboards
Sandy Salisbury Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Scheff Bass
Joey Stec Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Troxell Drums
Gary Usher Moog Synthesizer
Rusty Young Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Tandyn Almer Keyboards
Pat Shannahan Drums
Michele O'Malley Background Vocals
Jim Bell Background Vocals, Brass, Woodwind
Dotti Holmberg Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Curt Boettcher Producer
Paul Buff Producer, Engineer
Lee Mallory Arranger, Producer
Keith Olsen Producer, Engineer
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton Engineer
James Phelan Cover Design
Joey Stec Producer
Joe Foster Liner Notes
Keith Colley Producer
Gary Paxton Engineer
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