Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Grassroots - Let's Live For Today & Feelings (1967-68)

The Grass Roots had a series of major hits -- most notably "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions," "Temptation Eyes," and "Two Divided by Love" -- that help define the essence of the era's best AM radio. Although the group's members weren't even close to being recognizable, and their in-house songwriting was next to irrelevant, the Grass Roots managed to chart 14 Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and one platinum single, and two had hits collections that effortlessly went gold. The group's history is also fairly complicated, because there were at least three different groups involved in the making of the songs identified as being by "the Grass Roots."

The Grass Roots was originated by the writer/producer team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri... Read More...
Let's Live For Today 1967
Released in the spring of 1967, Let's Live for Today was almost a musical throwback, steeped in folk-rock, which was fairly passé at the time, rather than psychedelia, but that's what makes it so appealing to listeners today. Listeners in 1967 were probably disappointed that there was nothing on the album as dramatic or memorable as the title track, but everything else is solid folk-rock with a pretty hard edge, which allows it to stand quite well alongside rival releases by the Beau Brummels, the Cryan Shames, the Blue Things, et al. Next...
Feelings  1968
The second album by this version of the Grass Roots -- who changed the spelling of their name to "Grassroots" here (and then changed it back two albums later) -- was a serious departure from its predecessor. Having reached the Top 10 with "Let's Live for Today" and made the Top 100 with the accompanying album -- all done under the direction of producers Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan, with a lot of outside musicians playing on them -- the group members were eager to flex their own musical muscles. The result was Feelings, a much less slick, less polished work but one that better reflected the quartet's own sensibilities. Next...
1. Things I Should Have Said 
2. Wake Up, Wake Up 
3. Tip of My Tongue 
4. Is It Any Wonder 
5. Let's Live for Today 
6. Beatin' Round the Bush 
7. Out of Touch 
8. Won't You See Me 
9. Where Were You When I Needed You 
10. No Exit 
11. This Precious Time 
12. House of Stone 
13. Feelings 
14. Here's Where You Belong 
15. Sins of a Family Fall on the Daughter 
16. Melody for You 
17. Who Will You Be Tomorrow 
18. You Might as Well Go My Way 
19. All Good Things Come to an End 
20. Hot Bright Lights 
21. Hey Friend 
22. You and Love Are the Same 
23. Dinner for Eight 
24. Feelings (Reprise) 
25. Depressed Feeling [*] 
26. Midnight Confessions [*] 
27. Bella Linda [*]

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