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THE GOOD BOOK

 

SIDE 1

1. GOOD BOOK (4:02)

2. BABE RAINBOW (5:41)

3. SIGN ON THE WINDOW (2:22)

4. THE SADDEST THING (4:58)

5. NICKEL SONG (3:42)

6. ISN'T IT A PITY (0:31)

 

SIDE 2

7. MY FATHER (4:59)

8. CHORDS OF FAME (4:56)

9. YOU CAN GO FISHIN' (4:09)

10. BIRTHDAY OF THE SUN (6:10)

11. THE PRIZE (4:38)

12. BABE RAINBOW – Reprise (0:50)

 

All songs written by Melanie Safka except
Sign On The Window written by Bob Dylan
My Father written by Judy Collins
Chords of Fame written by Phil Ochs

 

Midwife: Peter Schekeryk

 

Arranged by: John Abbott, Ron Frangipane, Lee Holdridge
Melanie: Banjo and Nylon Guitar, Ron Frangipane: Keyboards, Sal DiTroia: Nylon and Steel Guitar, Eric Weissberg; Country Fiddle, Vinny Bell, Electric Guitar, Hugh McCrackin: Nylon Guitar, George Devans: Percussion and Drums, Buddy Saltzman: Drums, George March: woodwinds (with his mighty lungs), Dave Melaney: Cordovox, Margie English: Banjo Lesson #1.

Condiments and Spices: Pennywhislers

 

Recorded at Allegro Sound Studio, NYC
Engineer: Bruce Staple

 

US LP released February 1971

Buddah Records

BDS 95000

UK LP released May 1971

 Buddah Records

BUDDAH DELUXE 2322 001

 

Canadian LP

Buddah Records BDS 95000

 

German LP

Buddah Records 2318 022

 

French LP

Buddah Records BLY 940 066

 

Italian LP

Buddah Records BDS-ST 78010

 

THE GOOD BOOK - MELANIE STORY 6

German special issue

Buddah Records 57.005

re-issued as Buddah Records 6.23144

 

Japanese LP

Release July 1971 by Nippon Columbia

YS-2522-DA

re-issued 1978 by Nippon Phonogram

SFX-10621

 

CURRENT CD RELEASE

UK 2CD SET - THE GOOD BOOK/GATHER ECORDS (2007)

 

EDSEL RECORDS
EDSD2002

Barcode: 7 40155 20023 7

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: Dee Cook, Val Jennings

Sleeve Notes: Alan Robinson

Track Listing THE GOOD BOOK CD

1. GOOD BOOK (4:02)

2. BABE RAINBOW (5:42)

3. SING ON THE WINDOW (2:22)

4. THE SADDEST THING (5:01)

5. NICKEL SONG (3:43)

6. ISN’T IT A PITY (0:31)

7. MY FATHER (5:02)

8. CHORDS OF FAME (4:56)

9. YOU CAN GO FISHIN’ (4:11)

10. BIRTHDAY OF THE SUN (5:51)

11. THE PRIZE (4:40)

12. BABE RAINBOW (Reprise) (1:13)

Bonus Track

13. WE DON’T KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING (2:35)

 

(p) 1971 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd

(c) 2007 Demon Music Group

 

This 2CD release combines The Good Book with Gather Me. It comes with a 16-page booklet containing all elements of the original sleeves as well as newly written extensive sleeve notes.

 

PREVIOUS CD RELEASES

UK CD - C-FIVE RECORDS (2007)

 

C-FIVE RECORDS

C5CD 597

Barcode:  5 014661 559734

1. GOOD BOOK

2. BABE RAINBOW

3. SIGN ON THE WINDOW

4. THE SADDEST THING

5. NICKEL SONG

6. ISN'T IT A PITY

7. MY FATHER

8. CHORDS OF FAME

9. YOU CAN GO FISHIN'

10. BIRTHDAY OF THE SUN

11. THE PRIZE

12. BABE RAINBOW – Reprise

 

(p) 1971 Buddah Records Inc

(c) 1992 C-Five Records.

 

Compared with the original US and UK albums this UK CD was poorly packaged. Sound quality was good but tracks do suffer from tape hiss.

 

COMMENTS

 

Both US and UK versions of The Good Book came sumptuously (but differently) packaged. The US issue came in a heavy card royal blue sleeve, the Good Book (lyric booklet) held in place on the front cover by card tabs. Meanwhile, the UK issue came in a red cover with the Good Book an integral part of the packaging.

 

Nickel Song b/w Good Book (UK Buddah 2011) was issued as a single in May 1971

The Good Book reached No. 9 in the UK album charts.

 

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