Four of the 13 tracks on Island's The Best of Spooky Tooth come from 1969's Spooky Two album, while the remaining tracks represent the band's less celebrated material. Spooky Tooth's mellow, easy blues-rock sound is experienced from the first track, a slick rendition of John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road." Most of the band's peak material is included here, like "Better by You, Better by Me" and "Evil Woman." The dreamy, psychedelic-tinged "It's All About a Roundabout" is one of the album's best songs, proving the band could be adventurous at will. Much in the same manner is "As Long as the World Keeps Changing," with its hippie-like hallucinatory feel. Versions of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" and the Band's "The Weight" are covered peculiarly, but not terribly, chock full of Spooky Tooth's own laid-back formula. Missed is the greyish "Hangman Hang My Shell on a Tree" from Spooky Two, which would have made a nice addition to the set. Nevertheless, this best-of does present listeners with Spooky Tooth's most worthwhile songs. The band's unconventional sound and eased style is prevalent on each of the tracks offered here.
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Spooky Tooth's 'Best of' album is a less than obvious mix of a highly under-rated band's output. For example, the marvellously imaginative, catchy and melodic 'It's All About a Roundabout' (Some swing in, some swing out, some just flip and fall, some don't swing at all) is there, but the equally exciting 'Love Really Changed Me' (complete with angelic voices in the chorus and released as a single in 1968) isn't. Neither is 'Sunshine Help Me' from the 'It's All About' album. I would also have appreciated the inclusion of another 60s Spooky fantasy classic, 'Lost in my Dream', from 'Spooky Two'. The thunderously fuzz boxed cover of 'I Am The Walrus' just could not be missed out and still sounds awesome after thirty years. Early Spooky was hallmarked by the soaring and highly distinctive dual vocal leads from Mike Harrison and Gary Wright, who left the band along with Luther Grosvener and Greg Ridley to try his hand elsewhere. The band never sounded quite the same again. Mike Kellie's drumming and Greg Ridley's bass lines were always solid and reliable, and Luther Grosvener could open the throttle and take off on lead guitar when the occasion arose, but, for me, the beautiful, aching and soulful quality of Mike Harrison's voice marked Spooky Tooth as a band quite unlike any other. Nobody sounded like they did and they remain one of the most under-estimated bands of the 60s. Perhaps the competition was just too overwhelming, but they reward careful listening.