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With the latest installment of our Hard-To-Find 45s on CD series, Eric Records tackles a broad topic – love songs. After all, most songs are love songs – all about wanting it, finding it, losing it, and every step in between. And, weve got that covered, from John Denvers heartfelt tribute to his wife, Annies Song, to Ronnie Dysons frank discussion of bedroom politics, (If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Cant I Touch You?
What makes Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 13: The Love Album really special, though, isnt the love part, its the hard-to-find part. Sure, these are all love songs, and nearly all of them were Top 20 hits. But, trying to find these on any other CD collection is like trying to find a date at 10 oclock on a Saturday night – not easy, and very expensive!
No less than six of these songs are making their CD debut in one form or another! Two of them – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynoldss Winners And Losers (1975) and Do What You Wanna Do by Five Flights Up (1970) have never appeared on CD in any form, anywhere. Others, like The Avant-Gardes pop-psych paean Naturally Stoned (1968), make their stereo debuts. (By the way, guess who was in The Avant-Garde? Future game show host Chuck Woolery!)
Like all of Erics Hard-To-Find series, this volume embraces the marvelously eclectic nature of popular music. Its 19 tracks cover more than a decade of prime-time pop, from the swooning Love Me With All Your Heart by the Ray Charles Singers (1964) to Roger Whittakers poignant ballad, The Last Farewell (1975). Included in that span is one of the most sought-after love songs of all time – Paul Stookeys Wedding Song (There Is Love) – in its original hit version.
But nowhere, however, is that eclecticism more apparent than in a foursome of songs expressing love for God – all unexpected Top 20 smashes in an arena not known for its reverence. We have famed songwriter Kris Kristoffersons quietly awestruck Why Me, the Edwin Hawkins Singers ecstatic Oh Happy Day, and Miguel Rioss A Song Of Joy (1970), based on the climactic final movement of Beethovens 9th symphony (making its U.S CD debut, by the way…). And then theres the most unexpected hit single of all time: Amazing Grace by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (1972), which forced teenagers coast-to-coast to listen to bagpipes – and like it!
Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 13: The Love Album is built from original single versions on original master tapes, painstakingly engineered for crisp, vibrant, stereo sound. Like its companion volume, Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 14: 70s & 80s Pop Classics, it includes a detailed, illustrated 12-page booklet by well-known music author Greg Adams.
ALL TRACKS TRUE STEREO
|play||1.||LOVE ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART||The Ray Charles Singers||#3||4/64|
|play||2.||IT MUST BE HIM||Vikki Carr||#3||9/67|
|play||3.||DONT SAY YOU DONT REMEMBER||Beverly Bremers||#15||12/71|
|play||4.||Single Version DebutFALLIN IN LOVE||Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds||#1||6/75|
|play||5.||CD DebutWINNERS AND LOSERS||Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds||#21||11/75|
|play||6.||CD DebutDO WHAT YOU WANNA DO||Five Flights Up||#37||8/70|
|play||7.||(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) WHY CANT I TOUCH YOU?||Ronnie Dyson||#8||6/70|
|play||8.||MY PLEDGE OF LOVE||The Joe Jeffrey Group||#14||6/69|
|play||9.||LITTLE ARROWS (album version)||Leapy Lee||#16||10/68|
|play||10.||Single Version DebutRINGS (mono)||Cymarron||#17||6/71|
|play||11.||Stereo DebutNATURALLY STONED||The Avant-Garde||#40||8/68|
|play||13.||THE LAST FAREWELL||Roger Whittaker||#19||4/75|
|play||14.||WHY ME||Kris Kristofferson||#16||4/73|
|play||15.||WEDDING SONG (There Is Love)||Paul Stookey||#24||7/71|
|play||16.||ANNIES SONG||John Denver||#1||6/74|
|play||17.||OH HAPPY DAY||The Edwin Hawkins Singers||#4||4/69|
|play||18.||U.S. CD DebutA SONG OF JOY||Miguel Rios||#14||6/70|
|play||19.||AMAZING GRACE||The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards||#11||5/72|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.