fimage A GUIDE TO THE RECORDINGS OF MELANIE - Born To Be

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BORN TO BE

 

SIDE 1

1. IN THE HOUR (3:04)
2. I'M BACK IN TOWN (2:17)
3. BO BO'S PARTY (3:58)
4. MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (4:20)
5. MOMMA, MOMMA (4:00)

 

SIDE 2

6. I REALLY LOVED HAROLD (4:05)
7. ANIMAL CRACKERS (2:12)
8. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (IS SAYING HIS PRAYERS) (2:35)
9. CLOSE TO IT ALL (3:22)
10. MERRY CHRISTMAS (2:50)

 

All songs written by Melanie, except track 4 written by Bob Dylan and track 8 written by A. A. Milne and Melanie

 

Produced By: Peter Schekeryk
Directed By: Artie Ripp
Arranged By: Roger Kellaway
Recorded at Allegro Sound Studios
Engineer: Bruce Staple

 

 

US LP released November 1968 on Buddah Records BDS 5024

 

UK LP released May 1969 on Buddah Records 203 019 and re-issued in 1974 as Buddah BDLH 5002

 

 

Buddah Records re-issued Born To Be as MY FIRST ALBUM following Melanie's success at Woodstock.  Buddah BDS5074

Alternative artwork was used for the album's release in France (Buddah XBLY 0920 065) and the Netherlands

 (HBLY 0920 065)

 

BORN TO BE - MELANIE STORY 1

German special issue - Buddah 57.001

 

Other Counties

CANADA - Buddah BDS 5024, Re-issued as Birchmount BM 731

GERMANY - Buddah 203019 (rear cover included complete album lyrics)

JAPAN - Nippon Columbia YS-2153-DA

JAPAN -  Nippon Columbia YS-2674-DA (as MY FIRST ALBUM)

 

CURRENT CD RELEASES

 

UK CD - BORN TO BE – TALKING ELEPHANT (SEPTEMBER 2016)

 

TALKING ELEPHANT - TECD 344

Barcode: 5 028479 034420

Released September 30, 2016

 

(p) 1968 Sony Music Entertainment

(c) 1968 Sony Music Entertainment

Issued under licence from

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited 

 

US CD - BORN TO BE – WOUNDED BIRD RECORDS (JUNE 2016)

 

WOUNDED BIRD RECORDS - WOU 5024 (88875180682)

Barcode: 6 64140 50242 0

Released June 7, 2016

 

(c) 2016 Wounded Bird Records

Manufactured for Wounded Bird by Sony Music Entertainment

 

 PREVIOUS CD RELEASES

 

UK CD - BORN TO BE/AFFECTIONATELY MELANIE - EDSEL RECORDS (2007)

 

EDSEL RECORDS

EDSD1001

Barcode: 7 40155 10013 1

Released 5th February 2007

 

Project co-ordination: Val Jennings

CD Package: Jools at Mac Concept

CD Mastering: Peter Rynston at Tall Order

Invaluable Assistance: Caroline Cook, Sonja D’cruze

Album Sleeves: Val Jennings

Sleeve Notes: Alan Robinson

 

 

Track Listing for BORN TO BE

1. IN THE HOUR (3:07)

2. I’M BACK IN TOWN (2:18)

3. BO BO’S PARTY (3:52)

4. MR TAMBOURINE MAN (4:24)

5. MOMMA, MOMMA (3:44)

6. I REALLY LOVE HAROLD (4:10)

7. ANIMAL CRACKERS (2:13)

8. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (IS SAYING HIS PRAYERS (2:34)

9. CLOSE TO IT ALL (3:20)

10. MERRY CHRISTMAS (2:49)

Tracks 11-22 Affectionately Melanie (see that album for details)

 

(p) 1968 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd

(c) 2007 Demon Music Group

 

This single CD release combines Born To Be with Melanie’s second album Affectionately Melanie. It comes with a 16-page booklet containing all elements of the original sleeves as well as newly written extensive sleeve notes.

  

GERMAN CD - FANTASTIC COLLECTION 2on1 (1993)

 

BUDDAH RECORDS

CHC 7070

Barcode: 4 010946 707020

 

1. IN THE HOUR (3:06)
2. I'M BACK IN TOWN (2:18)
3. BO BO'S PARTY (3:51)
4. MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (4:24)
5. MOMMA, MOMMA (3:59)

6. I REALLY LOVED HAROLD (4:10)
7. ANIMAL CRACKERS (2:13)
8. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2:36)
9. CLOSE TO IT ALL (3:23)
10. MERRY CHRISTMAS (2:51)

Tracks 11-20 Leftover Wine (see that album for details)

 

(p) 1970/71 Buddah Records

(c) 1993 Castle Communications Deutschland GmbH

 

This German release combined Born To Be and (most of) Leftover Wine on a single disc. The CD used the albums re-issue title of My First Album. It also seems to have been prepared from a different source tape from the UK version as the sound quality seems better and the original recording of Momma, Momma is included.

 

UK CD - C-FIVE RECORDS (1992)

 

C-FIVE RECORDS

C5CD 582

Barcode: 5 014661 558232

 

1. IN THE HOUR (3:12)
2. I'M BACK IN TOWN (2:23)
3. BO BO'S PARTY (3:56)
4. MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (4:28)
5. MOMMA, MOMMA (3:48)

6. I REALLY LOVED HAROLD (4:14)
7. ANIMAL CRACKERS (2:16)
8. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2:37)
9. CLOSE TO IT ALL (3:24)
10. MERRY CHRISTMAS (2:49)

 

(p) 1974 Buddah Records Inc

(c) 1992 C-Five Records.

 

The album made its first appearance on CD in 1992 with this release. The sound quality is good, though some tape hiss can be heard throughout. The CD does contain an odd version of Momma, Momma, which appears to be edited when compared with the original recording. After the CD went out of print it soon became a collectors item commanding high values on auction sites.

 

COMMENTS

This appropriately titled first album was released in the US on the Buddah label (BDS5024) in November 1968. Following Melanie's success at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 Buddah re-packaged and re-issued the album as My First Album (BDS 5074)

 

In the UK the album did not gain a release until May 1969, again on the Buddah label (203 019) and was re-issued in 1974 (BDLH 5002). Two singles preceded the albums release in the UK; Mr Tambourine Man b/w Christopher Robin (201 027) released December 1968 and Bo Bo's Party b/w I'm Back In Town (201 028) released February 1969.

 

Bo Bo's Party became a number 1 single in France

 

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