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Fat City (1999)

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Format: CD
Sku: 60022741
UPC: 029667418829
UPC 14: 00029667418829
Release Date: 4/15/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sing Me A Rainbow ~ Sons Of Champlin
2. She Said - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
3. Don't Talk To Strangers - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
4. 1000 Miles From Nowhere - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
5. One Of These Days - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
6. I Wouldn't Put It Past You - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
7. It's Gonna Rain - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
8. Fat City ~ Sons Of Champlin
9. To Me - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
10. Green Monday - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
11. Don't Stop - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
12. Little Fugue - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
13. Shades Of Grey - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
14. Say You Know - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
15. I Wish You Could Be Here - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
16. One Of These Days - (previously unreleased, audition) ~ Sons Of Champlin
17. It's The End - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
18. Pillow - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
19. Don't Stop - (previously unreleased, audition) ~ Sons Of Champlin
20. KCPX Radio Spots - (previously unreleased) ~ Sons Of Champlin
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recorded from 1966 to 1967.
Muze PNote Personnel: Bill Champlin (vocals, guitar, piano, organ); Terry Haggerty (vocals, guitar); Al Strong (vocals); Tim Caine (flute); Chris Howard, Jim Myers, Bill Bowen (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Alec Palao.
Muze PNote It's not well known that the Sons of Champlin, before entering the heart of the San Francisco area psychedelic scene in the late 1960s, were a much more straightforward rock band that did a lot of recording in 1966 and 1967, though little of that material was officially released. This compilation unveils 19 tracks (plus some radio commercials) from that era, and with the exception of the rare 1967 Verve single "Sing Me a Rainbow""/"Fat City," all of it is previously unissued. It's far more concise in structure and execution than the much looser psychedelic-inclined material they cut in the late 1960s, and there's a surprising wealth of vocal harmonies and influences of AM pop and blue-eyed soul. That's not a criticism; indeed, those who find their later recordings tiresome may enjoy this juvenilia much more than the group's Capitol albums. Eclecticism was a trademark of many Bay Area groups of the era, but it could be said that the Sons of Champlin may have been <>too eclectic, not just for commercial success but also for the purposes of establishing an identifiable vibe. There's raucous soul-rock with horns ("Fat City" is a definite highlight in this regard), gritty pop-rock with harmonies (a track like "1,000 Miles from Nowhere" sounds like a tough Turtles; "Green Monday" a bit like a hard Monkees), and traces of Bay Area psychedelia, garage, and wistful folk-rock (they even cover the Beau Brummels' "Don't Talk to Strangers" and Paul Simon's "I Wish You Could Be Here"). It shows more promise than payoff; the playing and singing are good and the songs enjoyable and sometimes intriguing, but there aren't any lost classics, and stylistically it's not that innovative. An uncharacteristic (not that anything was that characteristic of the band) highlight is "Shades of Grey," a beautiful Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil composition given a pleasing folk-rock-pop production. ~ Richie Unterberger

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/22/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDWIKD 188
Music Label Name Label : Big Beat Records (Dance)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00029667418829

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