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Listen Listen: Best of
Emitt Rhodes
Listen Listen: Best of
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Emitt Rhodes
Title: Listen Listen: Best of
Members Wishing: 11
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 8/29/1995
Release Date: 8/29/1995
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 030206559125

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A superlative collection of a lost pop genius
Joe Sixpack -- | Middle America | 01/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Way cool. I can totally see the same folks who revere Alex Chilton latching onto this disc as a new pop motherlode... and why not? Rhodes was a suburban California kid who got signed onto A&M in 1967, just as that label was starting to bust out of its easy listening niche, and the LA Pop sound was in full flower... His band, the Merry-Go-Round, had moderate chart success, but a label switch and attendant weird marketing decisions sort of sank the ship, and Emitt retreated into the studio... all by his little lonesome. This CD collects the best of his band's singles along with choice material from several of his self-produced, self-performed solo albums, released from 1970-'73. It's eccentric, sometimes strained, oddly compelling psychedelic pop/roots music which oft-times sounds like a copy of the Beatles "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", and at other times follows its own, very distinctive muse. If Belle & Sebastian or some other Scottish band don't cover something off this within the next five years, I'll buy myself a hat and eat it."
Paradise revisited
Gregory L. McClellan | Richmond, Ky. | 02/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the greatest musical talents of all time, it is gratifying to be able to hear some of Rhodes' work re-released on CD. It is almost tragic that an artist of this magnitude toiled in relative obscurity. Nonetheless, he is greatly appreciated by his fans, few in number though they might be. One can only hope that he will record again. In the meantime, this CD helps scratch a considerable itch. If you like the Beatles at their best, you will love this. I hope Rhodes appreciates, rather than resents, the comparison. Buy it; you will be glad you did."
Underappreciated genius
Keith E. Lewis | Hurst, TX United States | 12/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Emitt Rhodes is truly one of the underrated talents of a generation. His songwriting skills are matched by his vocal talent and his musicianship (recording and playing EVERY instrument on his first two LPs). As the owner of five Emitt Rhodes albums (and the Merry-Go-Round LP) I highly recommend all Emitt Rhodes titles to anyone and everyone! Personally, I have been unable to obtain this particular title "Listen, Listen: the Best of Emitt Rhodes" so if anyone can direct me to a copy of it, please let me know: ..."