Thursday, February 05, 2009


Digitized from the original vinyl, released between 1970 - 1973 on ABC Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
Warm Self Sacrifice
See No Evil
Really Wanted You
Nights Are Lonely

Bad Man
Birthday Lady
My Love Is Strong
Blue Horizon
In Desperate Need

Bubblegum The Blues / I'm A Cruiser
Long Time, No See
Better Side Of Life
Shoot The Moon
Trust Once More
Side We Seldom Show
Drawn To You
Those That Die
Love Will Stone You
Only Lovers Decide
Farewell To Paradise
Emitt Rhodes - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Drums, Bass and assorted other instruments
By Yours Truly,
Emitt Rhodes was a man ahead of his time. After a series of bands that he either joined or started himself, including the last one, The Merry-Go-Round, he decided that he needed total control of his music so he went solo and literally produced albums where he played and sang everything himself. Todd Rundgren was famous for this same tactic, but he also had a band for his other output. Emitt however didn't. Between 1970 and 1974 he produced 4 or 5 albums, depending on how you count, that got better with each suceeding release. At some point after Farewell to Paradise was released he became disenchanted with the music industry and walked away. This was surely a loss for any music lover. He hasn't released an album since 1974 although he still has a garage studio and produces the occasional record for someone else.
Even though these songs might sound a bit dated at times, we're talking early 70's fercryinoutloud......the words, melodies and song structure are timeless. He was definitely ahead of his time. I put this "Best Of" together back in 2002 after I purchased a CD burner and wanted a CD to share with friends who weren't aware of his music. Now here it is, 2009, and I'm still trying to spread the word. This CD collection has basically all my personal favorites on it, but that's not to say there aren't other songs on the albums that someone else might like more. If you've never heard his music before and are the least bit curious I'd download this one to get a taste and once you've heard it you'll probably want to shop the blogs to find the individual albums.
Listen to Warm self-sacrifice, My love is strong, Bubblegum the Blues/I'm a Cruiser, Shoot the Moon, Drawn to You, or one of my all time favorite songs, Love Will Stone still gets a reaction out of me even this evening.......
Trust me, you need to hear this one.
READ THIS for more information on this album.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recently heard some of his stuff on Sirius radio and had forgotten how good he really was. This is a great collection. Thanks for the posting!


Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 4:25:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tame the lion on FTP still rings true,some great trax on that album,


Friday, February 20, 2009 at 2:44:00 PM EST  

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