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TRIPLE TREASURES (3CD BOXED SET)

 

CD1 – BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

1. WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA?
2. MR TAMBOURINE MAN (Dylan)
3. BABY GUITAR
4. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
5. PERCEIVE IT
6. CALIFORNIA DREAMING (Phillips/Phillips)
7. RING THE LIVING BELL
8. PREMATURELY GREY
9. UNCHAINED MELODY (Zaret/North)
10. SANDMAN
11. CAROLINA ON MY MIND (Taylor)
12. LIVE COAL
13. LET IT BE ME (Becaud/Delanoe/Curtis)
14. MEET ME ON THE CORNER (DREAM SELLER) (Clements)
15. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE (Lerner/Loewe)
16. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ (Johnson)

 

CD2 – LAY DOWN

1.PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING READY
2. BITTERBLUE (Stevens)
3. FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME
4. WHAT DO I KEEP (Devorine/Lipsitz)
5. YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE Holland/Dozier/Holland)/MAMA SAID (Dixon/Denson)
6. RECORD MACHINE
7. LIFE WILL NOT GO AWAY (Safka/Bruen)
8. MISSING YOU (Waite/Sanford/Leonard)
9. CLOSE TO IT ALL
10. LOVING MY CHILDREN
11. CYCLONE
12. WHERE’S THE BAND
13. WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW (Goffin/King)
14. STOP! I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT
15. ROCK ‘N ROLL HEART
16. LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE RAIN)

 

CD3 – RUBY TUESDAY

1. NICKEL SONG
2. THOSE WERE THE DAYS (Raskin)
3. BRAND NEW KEY
4. THE SUN WILL SHINE ON YOU AND ME
5. I’VE GOT MY MOJO WORKING
6. THE SUN AND THE MOON
7. PEACE WILL COME (ACCORDING TO PLAN)
8. KNOCK ON WOOD (Cropper/Floyd)
9. PLEASE LOVE ME
10. AFRAID OF THE DARK
11. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (Sumner)
12. SOME DAY I’LL BE A FARMER
13. IF MY HEART SHOULD LOSE IT’S WAY
14. PURPLE HAZE (Hendrix)
15. A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL (Dylan)
16. RUBY TUESDAY (POP MIX) (Jagger/Richards)

 

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CD1 – BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (30063-1)

Barcode: 8712273305646

 

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CD 2 – LAY DOWN (30063–2)

Barcode: 8712273305653

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CD 3 – RUBY TUESDAY (30063–3)

Barcode: 8712273305660

 

BOX SET

Licensed from MBH ã2002 Digimode Entertainment Ltd. UK.
Made In Germany
BOX 30063

Barcode: 5034504241626

 

NOTES

CD1 - What Have They Done To My Song, Ma? and Ring The Living Bell are the original versions though the latter doesn’t sound right and could be slightly speeded up and may be from a poor source. Mr. Tambourine Man and Carolina On My Mind are both re-mixes of the originals with added instrumentation. Both are poor sound quality with Mr. Tambourine Man being particularly bad. Baby Guitar and Beautiful People are both 1999 re-recordings originally released on the Beautiful People CD (BT 33023). Perceive It, Sandman, Meet Me On The Corner and Almost Like Being In Love are all from Sunset and Other Beginnings. California Dreaming and Let It Be Me are from Phonogenic. Unchained Melody is from Unchained. Live Coal is from Silver Anniversary. Prematurely Grey is a version recorded during the LowCountry sessions, but was not included on the album. Long Train Runnin' is a different mix than previously released versions, with a male vocal (Beau?) taking a more prominent part.

 

CD2 - People Are Just Getting Ready, What Do I Keep, You Can't Hurry Love/Mama Said, Loving My Children and Where's The Band are from Sunset and Other Beginnings. Bitterblue and Missing You are from Unchained. Freedom Knows My Name, Record Machine and Rock And Roll Heart are from Silence Is King/Freedom Knows My Name. Life Will Not Go Away, Close To It All, Cyclone and Lay Down - Candles In The Rain are from Silver Anniversary. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and Stop! I Don't Want To Hear It are 1999 recordings released on the Beautiful People CD (BT 33023).

 

CD3 - Nickel Song is the original version but re-mixed with additional instrumentation. Those Were The Days is a previously unreleased version, different to the version that appears on Moments From My Life. Brand New Key and Someday I’ll Be A Farmer are 1999 re-recording released on the Beautiful People CD (BT 33023). The Sun Will Always Shine On You And Me was previously released as Shine On.  I've Got My Mojo Working, The Sun And The Moon and Afraid Of The Dark are from Sunset and Other Beginnings. Peace Will Come and Purple Haze are from Silver Anniversary. Knock On Wood is from Phonogenic. Please Love Me is original Buddah recording. Every Breath You Take is from Unchained. If My Heart Should Lose Its Way is the LowCountry version. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall is from Silence Is King. Ruby Tuesday (Pop Mix) was previously released as single.

 

So in summary what do you actually get here? First of all you get the entire Sunset and Other Beginnings album (US version - no Ol' Man River), most of which has never been available on CD before. Secondly you get some rare tracks, an unreleased recording of Those Were The Days, a remix of Long Train Runnin, Knock On Wood on CD for the first time and a rare version of Prematurely Grey. A smattering of tracks from recent re-recordings which have all been available before and finally some rather badly re-mixed older recordings.

 

In conclusion, this is a budget priced boxed set and it feels like it. The sound quality for the majority of tracks is good, but the set is let down by some poor versions of older material and the re-mixes of the older Buddah material add nothing. No thought has been given to programming the songs either by musical style or genre, the tracks do not flow (Knock On Wood followed by Please Love Me is a prime example) and the whole thing has a feeling of being thrown together. Hopefully, one day, a record company will put together a quality boxed set that documents Melanie’s career of more than 30 years. Sadly this is not it.

 

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