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Keep Me In Mind: The Complete Imperial & Liberty Singles, Vol. 3

Keep Me In Mind: The Complete Imperial & Liberty Singles, Vol. 3

by Jackie DeShannonJackie DeShannon


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Jackie DeShannon's relative obscurity is one of the great tragedies of American music. While several Top 40 hits kept her miles away from being one of the '60s countless folk-rock unknowns, her ongoing contributions to several brilliant eras of rock history should have afforded her the household name status that many of her less-talented peers enjoyed. As a songwriter, DeShannon penned hits for other artists, from the early-'60s doo wop days and into the '80s and '90s. As a pop star she shone in her own right, with a softly smoky voice and a bittersweet delivery applied to classically catchy AM pop songs. Keep Me in Mind is the third and final collection of DeShannon' multitude of singles issued on the Imperial and Liberty labels throughout the '60s. This volume, like the two that preceded it, presents the singles and their B-sides in chronological order, this time honing in on 27 tracks from 1967-1970, an era in which DeShannon was decidedly embracing some of the better musical trends of the day. Moving from her Brill Building beginnings and some of the earliest waves made in folk-rock, by the late '60s, DeShannon was infusing her pop gems with equal parts Summer of Love peace-and-flowers imagery and lazy, stoned-soul picnic grooves. The transition from orchestrated pop versions of loungey vocal tunes like "It's All in the Game" to a straight-up roots rock cover of the Band's classic "The Weight" comes quickly, DeShannon shedding skin and turning over different styles like casually trying on hats on a Sunday afternoon. By 1968 she would dive head-first into countercultural signifiers with her Laurel Canyon album, an ode to the notorious Los Angeles community that was home to stars, musicians, hangers-on, and eventually the Manson murders. While the album predated the dark events that represented the beginning of the end of the hippie movement by more than a year, its songs are steeped in a genuine excitement for the L.A. lifestyle of the late '60s, with songs like "Holly Would" and "Effervescent Blue" melding light soul basslines with wistful free love and poetry lyrics. Things get progressively groovier as the compilation burns on, with happy-go-lucky hippie idealism leaking out of wide-eyed soul-pop numbers like "Brighton Hill," "Love Will Find a Way," and what ended up being one of her biggest hits, the soft rock staple "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." The compilation is rounded out by a few offbeat Christmas songs and lilting orchestrated soul-pop jams, the particularly charged "It's So Nice" standing out. While she continued to record and write songs for decades to come, Keep Me in Mind captures one of DeShannon's most vibrantly colorful periods of creativity. There's an undercurrent of positivity and joy which flows through even the least of the material here, marrying a sense of excitement to quickly evolving stylistic sensibilities and resulting in some of an already incredibly talented songwriter's strongest work.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2012
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667052528
catalogNumber: 6705252
Rank: 52931


  1. Changin' My Mind
  2. It's All In the Game
  3. I Keep Wanting You
  4. Me About You
  5. Nobody's Home To Go Home To
  6. Nicole
  7. Didn't Want To Have To Do It
  8. The Weight
  9. Effervescent Blue
  10. Laurel Canyon
  11. Holly Would
  12. Trust Me
  13. What is This
  14. Put a Little Love In Your Heart
  15. Always Together
  16. Love Will Find a Way
  17. I Let Go Completely
  18. Keep Me In Mind
  19. Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?
  20. Christmas
  21. Brighton Hill
  22. You Can Come To Me
  23. You Keep Me Hangin' On/Hurt So Bad
  24. What Was Your Day Like?
  25. It's So Nice
  26. Mediterranean Sky
  27. Bird On the Wire

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie DeShannon   Primary Artist
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Kirby Johnson   Conductor
Nick De Caro   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer,Producer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Bobby Womack   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Harold Battiste   Arranger
Garry Bonner   Composer
Calvin Carter   Producer
John d'Andrea   Arranger
Hal David   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Alan Gordon   Composer
Charles Greene   Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Bobby Hart   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Irvin Hunt   Composer,Producer
Kirby Johnson   Arranger
Bill Reddie   Arranger
Carl Sigman   Composer
Brian Stone   Producer
George Tipton   Arranger
Toni Wine   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Richard Grasso   Composer
Myrna March   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Jim Pierson   Cover Photo
Joe Guercio   Arranger
Malcolm Baumgart   Illustrations
Gary Illingworth   Composer
Peter Lerner   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Sam Russell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Charles Dawes   Composer
Randy Myers   Composer
Hyle King   Arranger
Nick De Caro   Arranger
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Sam Holiday   Producer

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