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Leavin It All Behind
Grass Roots
Leavin It All Behind
Genres: Pop, Rock
For a brief period of time between (about 1966 and 1972, give or take), the Grass Roots were a hit machine: fourteen Top 40 hits, a handful of gold singles, including one tune ("Let's Live For Today") that iconically captu...  more »


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All Artists: Grass Roots
Title: Leavin It All Behind
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hip-O Select
Original Release Date: 1/1/1969
Re-Release Date: 12/1/2006
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock
Style: Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602498628508


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For a brief period of time between (about 1966 and 1972, give or take), the Grass Roots were a hit machine: fourteen Top 40 hits, a handful of gold singles, including one tune ("Let's Live For Today") that iconically captures its time as clearly as Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" or Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."

In the hands of producer Steve Barri, the Grass Roots had grown from a hastily assembled cover band to a full-fledged writing and performing force. Despite having lost lead guitarist Creed Bratton earlier in the year, the band gained keyboardist Dennis Provisor, who turned out to be a valuable addition to the lineup.

The first single for the album came out before the rest of the album had been finished, and it was a smash: I'd Wait A Million Years." When the record was finally finished, there was another Top 25 track lurking in the grooves: "Heaven Knows." But don't overlook such underrated pop gems as "Out Of This World" and "Melinda Love." The latter proves, if you'll pardon the double negative, that there's no song that can't be improved with hand claps.

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CD Reviews

This Grass Roots GEM finally makes it to CD...
J. Brent Bailey II | Columbus, Ohio United States | 06/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally, this GREAT LP by The Grass Roots is available on CD...
"Leaving It All Behind" is loaded with some great songs... not only 3 of The Grass Roots major hits, Wait A Million Years, Heaven Knows, and Walking Through The Country... but some of their best pop songs, like Out Of This World, I'm Living For You Girl, Melinda Love... This LP was also the start of Dennis Provisors history with the band... Dennis was the most prolific song writer of the band...
This CD is great and hopefully only the start of other GREAT Grass Roots lps being released on CD... like: "Move Along"
"More Golden Grass", "Lovin' Things", "Alotta Mileage" and "Golden Grass"...
The Grass Roots
Rochman | Rochester,NY | 06/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Don't have the CD remaster but I have a very good vinyl copy of this album . This is definetly the best normal Grass Roots release . Really not a weak cut on it . highly reccomend this if you are a Grass Roots fan ."
charlie bear | Big Sky Country | 08/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Good News:
One of the better Grass Roots releases with plenty of satisfying songs beyond the hits. First time to CD for top drawer songs like Melinda Love, I'm Living For You Girl, Out Of This World and Back To Dreaming Again. Any one of which could have been another hit. This is feel good sunshine pop at it's best.

The Not as Good News:
This is a limited run release with 5,000 marked copies. As of July 07 mine is 3600. The pricetag is high for Hip-O Select releases and for the money you expect optimum results. However HOS spent all their money on the packaging and little on the sound. If the budget was tight, why not get the audio right. For most of us, if forced to choose one or the other we'd rather have it re-mastered.
As is, the entire CD is very muddy. Quite heavy handed on the bass and the high end just isn't there.
However it CAN be remedied by simply cranking up your EQ. Way Up. First drop the bass at 32, 16 & 8 khz a bit, leave most of the mid-range alone and start boosting at about 4 khz. Some serious boost is needed at both 8 and 16 khz. If you'll do that this actually sounds pretty good.
But the typical person probably won't have the time or savvy to mess with it, and if you're listening on a portable player you don't even have your own EQ anymore thanks to those geniuses who think they know more than we do.
'Tis a shame. Hip-O could have done better. How hard would it have been to just run the final dub thru an equalizer with the aforementioned specs? And that wouldn't have added much to the cost."