The Letter-Neon Rainbow / Cry Like A Baby / Non Stop / Dimensions - The Original Albums 1967-1969 (RVCD-385)

This collection highlights the career of Memphis-based combo THE BOX TOPS, combining all 4 of their original, long-deleted and highly regarded 1960s albums, on one essential Double CD set. Effectively, the complete Box Tops – The Original Albums 1967-1969. One of the finest blue eyed-soul, hit-making groups of the 1960s led by the late, revered cult figure Alex Chilton, the group’s music also encompassed touches of country soul and psych-pop. “In his teenage years, Chilton was an amazingly gritty Memphis soul belter akin to an American version of the Spencer Davis Group’s Stevie Winwood” (All Music). With their roots in southern soul and under the mentorship of the great Chips Moman and Dan Penn, The Box Tops went on to significant hit-making success.

Driven by the southern song writing geniuses Dan Penn / Spooner Oldham and Wayne Carson Thompson, their hits included ‘The Letter’ (US Billboard #1), ‘Cry Like A Baby’ (US Billboard #2; “A perfect slice of blue-eyed soul” All Music), ‘Neon Rainbow’, ‘Soul Deep’ and ‘I Met Her In Church’, all of which are included on this double disc. Under the expert production guidance of Penn and recorded at Moman’s renowned American Recording Studios in Memphis, the group’s four albums for the Bell label stand up remarkably well as prime examples of the genre. Featuring liner notes by noted writer and southern soul aficionado Keith Glass, the collection boasts a 12-page color booklet with rare images. With superb quality audio, these 51 tracks encompass the four original albums and seven bonus tracks including the mono singles versions of ‘The Letter’ and ‘Cry Like A Baby’ and the non-LP 45s ‘I See Only Sunshine’, ‘You Keep Tightening Up On Me’ and ‘Since I Been Gone’.

The Letter / Neon Rainbow (1967)
1. The Letter
2. She Knows How
3. Trains & Boats & Planes
4. Break My Mind
5. Whiter Shade Of Pale
6. Everything I Am
7. Neon Rainbow
8. People Make The World
9. I’m Your Puppet
10. Happy Times (Mono)
11. Gonna Find Somebody
12. I Pray For Rain
Cry Like a Baby (1968)
13. Cry Like A Baby
14. Deep In Kentucky
15. I’m The One For You
16. Weeping Analeah
17. Every Time
18. Fields Of Clover
19. Trouble With Sam
20. Lost
21. Good Morning Dear
22. 727
23. You Keep Me Hanging On
Bonus Tracks
24. The Letter (Mono Single Version)
25. Cry Like A Baby (Mono Single version)
26. I See Only Sunshine (Mono B-side)
27. You Keep Tightening Up On Me (Mono Single Version)
28. Come On Honey (Mono B-side)
Non Stop (1968)
1. Choo Choo Train
2. I’m Movin’ On
3. Sandman
4. She Shot A Hole In My Soul
5. People Gonna Talk
6. I Met Her In Church
7. Rock Me Baby
8. Rollin’ In My Sleep
9. I Can Dig It
10. Yesterday Where’s My Mind
11. If I Had Let You In
Dimensions (1969)
12. Soul Deep
13. I Shall Be Released
14. Midnight Angel
15. Together
16. I’ll Hold Out My Hand
17. I Must Be The Devil
18. Sweet Cream Ladies
19. (The) Happy Song
20. Ain’t No Way
21. Rock Me Baby
Bonus Tracks
22. Since I Been Gone (Mono B-side)
23. Lay Your Shine On Me (Mono)

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