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What a fine day today has been, as I have tried to straighten out basically a misundertanding between
a newbie who wants to be involved in the sharing thing I do, and a veteran from another site who was pissed that referenced newb was stealing his links.......seriously, nearly ALL DAY on this issue, hopefully everyone is placated now, and I THANK GOD that I do NOT take this blogging nonsense as seriously as some others do, I'd sleep EVEN LESS than I do now.......uggh....as you more shrewd observers may have noticed, the comedy album links from yesterday have been removed BY ME, perhaps they will return in a different form or perhaps not, if ya got em, God bless ya, if ya didn't tough shit, I guess......it is stuff like this (and, I want to make clear, NO ONE is at fault) that makes me simply wish to give this shit up......often, it really DOES NOT seem worth the trouble.

Well, I'm not doing so yet......I have a lot of shit planned for the near future, you'll see, some GREAT stuff, including (coming soon I hope) a huge post featuring the work of Japanese stoner rock greats Boris......been meaning to do that for a while anyway, and a youthful new apprentice wishes to assist me with it, so that's great (Boris is fucking bad-ass), we are also planning some big posts on the Swans, Melvins, and my long promised mega-posts on Siouxsie and the Banshees, Yo La Tengo, The Stranglers, and God knows what else......bottom line is, that, as big a pain in the ass as this shit can become, as it has been today, it is worth it to share my 20000-some CD collection with the people whom APPRECIATE it (that'd be YOU!).....

I thought today, for NO REASON other than I FEEL LIKE IT, we'd go with the fine two-disc anthology, "The Grass Roots, 1965-75", an EXCELLENT compilation from a somewhat underappreciated band, whom were integral in the early punk-pop scene in the 60's, and , later on, cranked out some not-too-bad semi-hard pop rock (in the 70's)....they had more members than I could posssibly attempt to list, so, too bad, but they cranked out some marvelous singles, which we will attempt to encapsulate here.

I the mid-60's they gave us a handful of tough rocking semi punk, Nuggets-esque singles, notably Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin man" (awesome), as well as stuff like "Live For Today", the memorable (to me anyway) "Midnight Confessions", "Things I Should Have Said" and "Bella Linda", all of which are featured prominently on Disc one of this fab two disc set.....it is NOTHING BUT great, I hope you appreciate it as much as I do.

The second disc focusses more on the bands era of popularity, the early 1970's, but, damn, in
retrospect, they were still pretty decent, with shit like "I'd Wait a Million Years", "Come On and Say It", and the totally fab "Temptation Eyes" and "Two Divided By Love", which were huge hits, deservedly or not.

This is a GREAT compilation, in my estimation.....a LONG-FORGOTTEN punk/rock/pop act that really sounded GREAT to me, at least, on me junior high school AM radio....hope this makes up for the sudden yanking of the comedy albums, but it is what needed to be......if ya wanted em, I hope ya GOT em, they MAY be back in a different form, or maybe not.....but please, dig up on the Grass Roots, they were a bad-ass mofo as well, for a minute, at least.

GRASS ROOTS ANTHOLOGY 1965-75 DISC 1-01 Mr Jones (Ballad of a Thin Man)/02 You're a Lonely Girl/03 Where Were You When I Needed You/04 Only When You're Lonely/05 This Is What I Was Made For/06 Lollipop Train (You Never Had It SO Good)/07 Tip of My Tongue/08 Let's Live For Today/09 Things I Should Have Said/10 Out of Touch/11 Is It Any Wonder/12 Wake Up Wake Up/13 Melody For You/14 Feelings/15 Here's Where You Belong/16 Midnight Confessions/17 Lady Pleasure/18 Bella Linda

GRASS ROOTS ANTHOLOGY 1965-75 DISC 2-01 Lovin' Things/02 River Is Wide/03 City Women/04 I Can't Help But Wonder, Elisabeth/05 I'd Wait a Million Years/06 Heaven Knows/07 Out of This World/08 Walking Through the Country/09 Baby Hold On/10 Come On and Say It/11 Temptation Eyes/12 Sooner or Later/13 Two Divided By Love/14 Glory Bound/15 Runway/16 Any Way the Wind Blows/17 Love Is What You make It/18 Mamacita (I ssem to recall that "mamacita" had the "controversial" lyric "so Sweet you could eat her"......HOW SHOCKING!)

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