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MELANIE - Candles In The Rain + Leftover Wine (2007)
Considering how popular she was in the late '60s and early '70s, Melanie Safka's back catalog has been remarkably poorly served on CD, but this double-disc set from the British Edsel label brings two of her best known albums together in splendid form. 1970s Candles in the Rain featured the hit single "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" and was Melanie's first fully satisfying album; between her nakedly confessional original songs, her idiosyncratic covers (in particular "Ruby Tuesday") and Peter Schekeryk's lovely production and arrangements, it's where her eccentric charm really found its feet in the recording studio. Leftover Wine, released later the same year, is a very different kettle of fish. It's a live album recorded during a gig at Carnegie Hall, with just Melanie, her acoustic guitar, and a clearly devoted audience. While Melanie sounds passionate and fully engaged here, her habit of performing at a high emotional pitch is very much on display, and the stark force of this show is doubtless a bit much for listeners who aren't hardcore fans, though those who are will certainly delight in it (and vegetarians will find solace in "I Don't Eat Animals," as well as her tale of how a cow thanked her for writing it). The remastering of both albums is fine (though the remote recording on Leftover Wine leaves a bit to be desired), and each has been enriched with bonus tracks; Candles in the Rain features six tunes from rare film soundtracks, while Leftover Wine includes another hard-to-find track, "Stop! I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore." Alan Robinson's liner notes for the set are informative, and the lyrics for Candles in the Rain make the cut. - cduniverse.com
2CD set featuring 2 original 1970 albums now remastered and expanded with 7 bonus tracks.
DISC 1 - Candles In The Rain : 01. Candles In The Rain 02. Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) 03. Lovin' Baby Girl 04. Citiest People 05. Leftover Wine 06. Alexander Beetle 07. Good Guys 08. Carolina In My Mind 09. Ruby Tuesday 10. What Have They Done To My Song Ma? 11. In The Hour (Bonus Track) 12. Ears To The Ground (Bonus Track) 13. Please Love Me (Bonus Track) 14. Getting Out (Bonus Track) 15. Getting Out (Bonus Track) 16. Almost Like Being In Love (Bonus Track) 17. Dream Seller (Bonus Track)
DISC 2 - Leftover Wine : 01. Close To It All 02. Uptown And Down 03. Momma Momma 04. Saddest Thing 05. Beautiful People 06. Animal Crackers 07. I Don't Eat Animals 08. Happy Birthday 09. Tuning My Guitar 10. Psychotherapy 11. Peace Will Come (According To Plan) 12. Stop! I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore (Bonus Track)
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