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NEWS Albums by legendary Melanie reissued on Cherry Red

Albums by legendary Melanie reissued on Cherry Red

13th of September 2015, 08:39

"Stoneground Words” was the first album in the UK to be released on her own label (Neighborhood Records) in 1972. 

Regarded by many Melanie fans as her finest album. 

The booklet includes all the photos that were part of the original album release. 

Features two bonus tracks ‘Bitter Bad’ a 1973 single that was not featured on any album and ‘Seeds’ (Long Version) that includes her recitation of the ‘Gather Me’ Poem. 

All songs were written by Melanie with the exception of ‘My Rainbow Race’ which is a Pete Seeger song. 

Singles taken from the album were ‘Together Alone’ and ‘Do You Believe’. 

UK music publication Melody Maker hailed this album as "the most sophisticated she’s made”. 

Available for the first time on CD. 

Track Listing:

1. TOGETHER ALONE 

2. BETWEEN THE ROAD SIGNS 

3. SUMMER WEAVING 

4. MY RAINBOW RACE 

5. DO YOU BELIEVE 

6. I AM NOT A POET (NIGHT SONG) 

7. STONEGROUND WORDS 

8. SONG OF THE SOUTH 

9. MAYBE I WAS (A GOLF BALL) 

10. HERE I AM 

BONUS TRACKS 

11. BITTER BAD 

12. SEEDS (INCLUDES ‘GATHER ME’ POEM) 

"Madrugada” (Portuguese for Daybreak) was a 1974 release on Neighborhood Records. 

Melanie was already known as a great songwriter and this album highlighted the fact that she was also a brilliant interpreter of other people’s songs. So along with six originals by Melanie we also have ‘Lover’s Cross’ (Jim Croce),‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ (Woody Guthrie), ‘Wild Horses’ (Jagger/Richards), ‘I Think It’s Going to Rain Today’ (Randy Newman) and ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ (Goffin/King). 

Includes the Bonus Track ‘I Am Being Guided’ which was not available on the UK release. 

Singles taken from the album were ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ a UK Top 40 Hit, ‘Love To Lose Again’ and ‘Lover’s Cross’. 

The critics raved: "Madrugada contains a flawless rendering of Jim Croce’s ‘Lover’s Cross’ and is easily her most acclaimed album to date”. 

"Melanie is at her best.. innovative and captivating”. 

"Melanie never sounded better”. 

"Superb…overwhelming powerful vocals… thoroughly enjoyable” 

Available for the first time on CD. 

Track Listing: 

1. LOVE TO LOSE AGAIN 

2. LOVER’S CROSS 

3. PRETTY BOY FLOYD 

4. WILD HORSES 

5. I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY 

6. WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW 

7. MAYBE NOT FOR A LIFETIME 

8. HOLDING OUT 

9. THE ACTRESS 

10. PINE AND FEATHER 

BONUS TRACK 

11. I AM BEING GUIDED 

 "As I See It Now” was a 1974 release on Neighborhood Records. 

Contains 9 Melanie originals plus songs by Bob Dylan, Jesse Winchester, Gus Kahn/Walter Donaldson and Ritchie Valens. 

The bonus track ‘La Bamba’ is a rarity that was only released in Italy as a single. 

The album features a host of great backing musicians including Mike Heron and Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band. 

‘Chart Song’ was recorded live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

Singles taken from the album were ‘Sweet Misery’ and ‘You’re Not A Bad Ghost, Just An Old Song’. 

Available for the first time on CD. 

Track Listing:

1. YANKEE MAN 

2. YOU’RE NOT A BAD GHOST, JUST AN OLD 

SONG 

3. RECORD MACHINE 

4. EYES OF MAN 

5. STARS UP THERE 

6. DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL RIGHT 

7. SWEET MISERY 

8. MONONGAHELA RIVER 

9. YES SIR, THAT’S MY BABY 

10. AUTUMN LADY 

11. CHART SONG 

12. AS I SEE IT NOW 

BONUS TRACK 

13. LA BAMBA 

"Sunset And Other Beginnings” was a 1975 release on Neighborhood Records. 

Contains 8 Melanie originals plus great versions of Broadway and popular standards.

On her renditions of ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ and ‘Ol’ Man River’ rock critic Jack Kelly said "she lifts them bodily out of cliché corner with treatments so different and apt it makes you wonder why someone didn’t see the possibilities long before Melanie did”. 

The bonus track ‘Beautiful People’ was recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall, London on 6th October 1975. It was released originally as the B Side to the ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ single. 

Available for the first time on CD. 

Track Listing: 

1. PERCEIVE IT 

2. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE 

3. LOVING MY CHILDREN 

4. YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE / MAMA SAID 

5. PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING READY 

6. OL’ MAN RIVER 

7. I’VE GOT MY MOJO WORKING 

8. WHERE’S THE BAND 

9. DREAM SELLER (MEET ME ON THE CORNER) 

10. WHAT DO I KEEP 

11. SANDMAN 

12. THE SUN AND THE MOON 

13. AFRAID OF THE DARK 

BONUS TRACK 

14. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (LIVE VERSION) 



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