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THE MERRY-GO-ROUND 'Listen, Listen: The Definitive Collection'
Rev-Ola CR REV 110 (2005)

Compiled for the first time on CD (well, legitimately and comprehensively at least), The Merry Go Round were a mid late 60s pop band, mixing Californian folk (touches of psyche and flower power) with early Beatles skiffle, pop tunes and innocence. Centred round guitarist and vocalist Emitt Rhodes (who wrote the bulk of the material here).

The band were young (2 still at school on formation, mind you, same could be said of AC/DC), the band were oft turned over by dodgy contracts and management despite tours with Hendrix et al.

Some neat 60s guitar, and the vocal in places are very whimsical. But the vocal melodies and harmonies could easily have influenced the Wombles. Think Episode Six with less potential.

Interesting, of perhaps very limited appeal, but comprehensive with a very detailed booklet. Excellent package even if the music is irrelevant.

**½

Review by Joe Geesin



***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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