RELEASE
1992
LABEL
Mercury

Album Review

Though it's missing a few rarities -- namely the Steve Martin single for Buddha that reunited him with Michael Brown -- this is the most definitive Left Banke compilation. It features the entirety of their two late-'60s albums, as well as a couple of singles that didn't make it onto LPs at the time (though they later appeared on Rhino's History) and a previously unissued cut, "Men Are Building Sand." Their debut 1967 LP, Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina, is an underrated classic of the time, matching smart harmonies and pop hooks to baroque orchestration. Its brilliance casts a bit of a shadow over the rest of this collection. The group's 1968 album, Too, suffered from bloated production and, more importantly, the absence of chief songwriter/arranger Michael Brown. In turn, the 1967 single Brown cut under the Left Banke moniker with singer Bert Sommer suffers from the absence of lead vocalist Steve Martin. By the time Brown and Martin tenuously reunited for a late-1969 single, some of the spark had gone. All of the aforementioned highs and lows of this prodigiously talented but strife-ridden group are on this disc.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Walk Away Reneehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118762&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  2. I Haven't Got the Nervehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118763&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  3. Pretty Ballerinahttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118766&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  4. She May Call You up Tonighthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118767&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  5. I've Got Something on My Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118768&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  6. Barterers and Their Wiveshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118769&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  7. Let Go of You Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118773&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  8. What Do You Know?http://itunes.apple.com/album/theres-gonna-be-storm-the/id310118761?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Evening Gownhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118775&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  10. Lazy Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118777&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  11. Shadows Breaking over My Headhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118788&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  12. Ivy Ivyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118789&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  13. Men Are Building Sandhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118790&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  14. Desireehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118794&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  15. Dark Is the Barkhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118799&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  16. My Friend Todayhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118804&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  17. Sing Little Bird Singhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118816&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  18. And Suddenlyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118817&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  19. Goodbye Hollyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118818&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  20. In the Morning Lighthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118819&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  21. Bryant Hotelhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118820&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  22. Give the Man a Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118821&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  23. Nice to See Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118883&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  24. There's Gonna Be a Stormhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118924&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  25. Pedestalhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118925&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
  26. Myrahhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=310118931&id=310118761&at=11l9vR
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