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Fill Your Heart with Biff Rose *


  • 1. Mama's Boy
    2. Fill Your Heart
    3. Buzz the Fuzz
    4. Molly
    5. Just Like a Man
    6. Evolution
    7. Ballad of Cliches
    8. Color Blind Blues
    9. Take Care of My Brother
    10. Myrtle's Pies
    11. Baby Love Song
    12. (Lord, I) Done Bumped into You
    13. Gettin' It Together
    14. When We're Together
    15. He Had His Fling
    16. Hello Dolphin
    17. Quandary on Route 5
    18. When I Die - (previously unreleased)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 305

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Espinola; Bob Simmons; Herb Gart; Art Podell; Nick Woods; Mark Stratford (Compilation); Steve Espinola (Compilation); Philip King (Compilation)
    EngineerRich Warren

    Personnel: John Girton (guitar); Bobby Notkoff (fiddle); Nick Woods (Moog synthesizer); Hal Blaine, Tim Timmermans, Benny Barth (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Steve Espinola; Biff Rose.
    Recording information: The Savoy, Chapel Hill, NC (??/??/1968-02/02/1985).
    Arranger: Arthur Wright.
    Fill Your Heart with Biff Rose does a good job of drawing 18 tracks from Biff Rose's 1968-1985 recordings; about two-thirds of it is taken from his pre-1973 output. The most famous of his songs, "Fill Your Heart" (covered by David Bowie on Hunky Dory), is here, of course, as is "Buzz the Fuzz," which Bowie can be heard doing on a live 1970 bootleg (but never officially released). For collectors, there's a rare non-LP 1969 single, "Take Care of My Brother"/"Myrtle's Pies," taken from sessions for an unreleased album that didn't get far; the A-side in particular has somewhat more elaborate production than much of his early material, though it's still not exactly conventional pop. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, there's nothing from his pair of early-'70s Buddah albums, which leaves a bit of a gap from his prime. That's enough to keep this from being the best single-disc Rose compilation that could have been assembled. As compensation, there are informed liner notes about his enigmatic career, though he's no more peculiar than the music on this disc, which mixes quirky humor with vaudeville music and jazz-boogie piano. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] handy comp of the piano-playing troubadour's best-known work."
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