CD Ballad of Ric Menck [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster] (CD 1077681),
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Ballad of Ric Menck [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]


  • 1. Perfect Day
    2. Bicycle Song, The
    3. Clown
    4. Wishing on a Star
    5. Sunflower
    6. Are We Gonna Be Alright?
    7. Big Blue Buzz
    8. Tomorrow Ends Today
    9. Wonder
    10. She Swirls Around Me
    11. Million Tears
    12. Reachin' for the Stars
    13. Tranquil
    14. Delaware Rain
    15. Golden Hair
    16. Scatter Good Friends
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 108

  • Credits
    ProducerRic Menck
    EngineerMichael Hausman; Jeff Murphy; Michael Freeman; Wes Lachot; Willie Wells

    Personnel: Ric Menck (vocals, drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Adam Schmitt.
    Recording information: 1985-1990.
    Despite the solo billing on this compilation, these songs are collaborations between drummer/singer Menck and longtime partner Paul Chastain, The duo that later gained fame as Velvet Crush. Originally recorded between 1985 and 1990 and released, on a variety of US and UK indie labels, under the names Choo Choo Train and the Springfields, these 11 songs are archetypal late-'80s indiepop.
    Menck's breathy, adenoidal voice tops gently strummed electric and acoustic guitars and polite drums. A cover of the Pastels' "Million Tears" is a respectful nod to Menck and Chastain's most obvious influence, but the near-perfect "Are We Gonna Be Alright?" and "Wonder" and "Tomorrow Ends Today," both sides of the Springfields' debut single, are classics of the form. This delicate, '60s-influenced pop is often a far cry from the more rock-oriented Velvet Crush, but this album is essential for fans of that band.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (4/97, p.76) - 4 (out of 5) - "Less power and more pop than Velvet Crush....simple, clean strumming...with shambling sound and wide-eyed romanticism. All eleven Menck ballads at once might cause cavities. But taken in small doses, there is some magnificent, timeless pop music here."
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