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Here Comes My Baby: The Ultimate Collection

  • 1. Here Comes My Baby
    2. Blessed
    3. Good Day Sunshine
    4. What a State I'm In
    5. Run Baby Run (Back in My Arms)
    6. Silence Is Golden
    7. Let Your Hair Hang Down
    8. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
    9. Round and Round
    10. Even the Bad Times Are Good
    11. You
    12. Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)
    13. Be Mine
    14. When I'm With Her
    15. Gentleman of Pleasure
    16. Suddenly You Love Me
    17. Jenny's Alright
    18. Happy Song
    19. Negotiations in Soho Square
    20. Sunshine Games
    21. Suddenly Winter
    22. Come on Home
    23. Norman Stanley James St. Claire
    24. Cool Jerk
    25. Sing Sorta Swingle
    26. I'm With You All the Way
    27. Everyday
    28. Traveling Circus
    29. I Take What I Want
    30. Ain't Nothing But a House Party
    31. Rag Doll
    32. Helule Helule
    33. Girl From Nowhere
    34. I'll See You There - (album version)
    35. You Don't Know Like I Know
    36. Show Me
    37. Lion Sleeps Tonight, The
    38. Alley Oop
    39. My Little Lady
    40. All the World to Me
    41. I'm Gonna Try
    42. I Shall Be Released
    43. Reach Out I'll Be There
    44. I Miss My Baby
    45. Every Little Bit Hurts
    46. Hello World
    47. Once on a Sunday Morning
    48. Fa la la, La la, La Le
    49. Call Me Number One
    50. Instant Whip
    51. May Morning
    52. Hard Time
    53. All Pull Together
    54. Till the Sun Goes Down
    55. I You Know
    56. By the Way
    57. Breakheart Motel
    58. Yellow River
    59. Me and My Life
    60. Now's the Time
    61. I Swear
    62. Willow Tree
    63. Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham
    64. My Woman
    65. Hello Buddy
    66. What Can I Do
    67. I Like It That Way
    68. Too Late (To Be Saved)
    69. Wakamaker
    70. Blue Suede Tie
    71. Ride On
    72. Hands Off
    73. Make It, Break It
    74. Movin' On
    75. You Can't Touch Sue
    76. Story For the Boys
    77. Do I Love You
    78. Ging Gang Goolie
    79. Lights of Port Royal
    80. Silas
    81. I Will Return
    82. Words
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SMETD-139

  • Credits

    Although this three-CD, 82-song package may not have everything the Tremeloes did (and has nothing from the era in which they were the backing group for Brian Poole), it might be the most comprehensive collection of their work, unless someone actually dares to put out a box set of every last damned thing they ever cut. Needless to say, it's not for the casual fan, though it does contain all of their chart singles. Even considering that the Tremeloes were always a resolutely non-innovative pop/rock group that reflected rather than initiated trends, however, it can be a tough challenge to wade through all of this. First, there certainly is a quality gap between their big hits -- especially the best of these, "Here Comes My Baby" and "Silence in Golden" -- and much of the rest of their recordings, which were usually upbeat but fairly faceless period late-'60s/early-'70s British pop. Second, despite their prolific output, and despite writing much of their own material, not too much of a group personality emerges, other than an urge to entertain and please using the sunnier pop vocabularies of the day. Those willing to take the plunge, however, will find a pretty wide range of approaches that the group tried on for size at one time or another, some from quite obscure flop singles, B-sides, and LP tracks. There is, for instance, the sole Decca single they did on their own in 1966 before moving to CBS, a folk-rock cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Blessed," and "What a State I'm In," the B-side of their second single, which actually flirts with fuzzy pop-psychedelia. Along the way you also get mediocre American soul covers; the lame Four Seasons knockoff "Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)"; Swinging London mod pop with moderately ambitious lyrics; toe-dipping ventures into harmony psychedelia ("Suddenly Winter"); precious storytelling British Baroque pop ("Norman Stanley James St. Claire"); and cheery singalong numbers with vaguely tropical rhythms. As the '60s waned, there were some occasional more serious moves afoot, like their cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" (actually a minor U.K. hit), its pensive folk-rockish flip "I Miss My Baby," and the almost-tough heavy instrumental blues-rock of "Instant Whip." They never strayed too far from the easygoing path they knew best, however, despite other byways into '50s rock & roll revivalism, early John Lennon solo-like arrangements (1970's "Me and My Life," their last big U.K. hit), the surprisingly late-'60s Beatlesque rocker "Willow Tree," the Creedence Clearwater Revival-influenced "My Woman," and even some quasi-glam pop. Disc three, unfortunately, stretches out the time line a little too long, tacking on a few horrid tracks from the late '70s and early '80s, when the band remained conscious of chart trends, even putting on a disco beat. For such a bulky release, it's also unfortunate that this -- like some other similar packages on Sanctuary (for the Status Quo, for instance) -- includes only brief liner notes, and no information regarding on which specific discs the tracks first appeared. ~ Richie Unterberger

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