The four great albums Emitt Rhodes cut between 1969 and 1973 – Emitt Rhodes, Mirror and Farewell To Paradise for ABC-Dunill, and the belatedly released American
Dream for A&M – in one incredible 2CD package from Hip-O Select! We've always been huge fans of Emitt's earlier work with the late 60s psyche pop group The Merry Go Round, but these solo LPs hold an even more special place for us, since it's the last of his stuff we'd ever hear! Emitt is a home recording genius from the days when crafting a pop record in a home studio – essentially writing, arranging and playing the instruments all by himself, was a nearly unbelievable accomplishment – and that's the case with 3 of the 4 albums in this set. The exception, American
Dream, was recorded first
, but released a couple years later by A&M, and features wonderful tunes originally intended as Merry Go Round material, with exceptional session players such as Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel & Don Randi. It was recorded 1969 and finally released by A&M in '71, and it includes "Mother Earth", "Pardon Me", "Let's All Sing", "Holly Park", "'The The Day After" and more. Disc one of this set also includes the near perfect self-titled set, which was recorded and released in 1970, with the tracks "With My Face On The Floor", "Somebody Made For Me", "Long Time No See", "Lullabye", "Fresh As A Daisy", "You Must Have" and more from the Emitt Rhodes LP. Disc two includes the Mirrors album from 1971, with "Birthday Lady", "Better Side Of Life", "Mirror", "My Love Is Strong", the "Bubblegum The Blues/
I'm A Cruiser" medley and more, plus the Farewell To Paradise album with "Warm Self Sacrifice", "Drawn To You", "See No Evil", "Bad Men", "Farewell To Paradise" and more, plus the bonus non-album track "Tame The Lion". Amazing stuff – really some of our favorite easygoing post psyche pop of the era – and this set captures all of it!
(Out of print.)