Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973

Performers The Poppy Family

What Are Records? | August 10, 2004 | Compact Disc

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Audio Remasterer: Terry Jacks.
Liner Note Author: Terry Jacks.
Recording information: Blue Wave Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1996).
Arranger: Terry Jacks.
A Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973 is an excellent best-of collection from the Poppy Family, a great, if largely forgotten, late-'60s Canadian soft rock/psychedelic group. The meticulous songwriting, production, and arranging skills of guitarist/mastermind Terry Jacks (who later had a huge solo hit with the classic pop single "Seasons in the Sun") lift these recordings above the work of many of the group's better-known contemporaries. Singer Susan Jacks has a beautiful voice that sometimes sounds like (but predates) Karen Carpenter, but is eminently more soulful. Although characterized in the liner notes as a "soft pop" band, the Poppy Family was also capable of a somewhat tougher sound that sometimes recalled Surrealistic Pillow-era Jefferson Airplane and folkier material in the Kenny Rogers & the First Edition/Roger McGuinn vein. Throughout, Jacks frames the songs with creative, if often dated, arrangements that compare favorably to his obvious influences, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Phil Spector. In addition to "Which Way You Goin' Billy," the group's biggest hit (number two in 1970) and a generous helping of singles and high-quality album tracks, the disc includes an alternate, wildly psychedelic mix of "There's No Blood in Bone" and two different versions of "That's Where I Went Wrong" (the second of which features some cool country guitar leads). Overall, A Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973 is a fantastic find -- one of those hidden gems that record fanatics always hope to discover. ~ Pemberton Roach

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 10, 2004

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1996

Label Name: What Are Records?

UPC: 744626001729

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Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973

Performers The Poppy Family

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 10, 2004

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1996

Label Name: What Are Records?

UPC: 744626001729


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Title Track Time
1.Beyond The Clouds --
2.Free From The City --
3.What Can The Matter Be? --
4.Which Way You Goin', Billy? --
5.Happy Island --
6.There's No Blood In Bone --
7.A Good Thing Lost --
8.You Took My Moonligt Away --
9.Shadows On My Wall --
10.That's Where I Went Wrong --
11.Where Evil Grows --
12.I Was Wondering --
13.Tryin' --
14.Winter Milk --
15.Good Friends? --
16.I'll See You There --
17.You Don't Know What Love Is --
18.I Thought Of You Again --
19.Another Year, Another Day --
20.Evil Overshadows Of Joe --
21.That's Where I Went Wrong --

Editorial Notes

Audio Remasterer: Terry Jacks.
Liner Note Author: Terry Jacks.
Recording information: Blue Wave Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1996).
Arranger: Terry Jacks.
A Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973 is an excellent best-of collection from the Poppy Family, a great, if largely forgotten, late-'60s Canadian soft rock/psychedelic group. The meticulous songwriting, production, and arranging skills of guitarist/mastermind Terry Jacks (who later had a huge solo hit with the classic pop single "Seasons in the Sun") lift these recordings above the work of many of the group's better-known contemporaries. Singer Susan Jacks has a beautiful voice that sometimes sounds like (but predates) Karen Carpenter, but is eminently more soulful. Although characterized in the liner notes as a "soft pop" band, the Poppy Family was also capable of a somewhat tougher sound that sometimes recalled Surrealistic Pillow-era Jefferson Airplane and folkier material in the Kenny Rogers & the First Edition/Roger McGuinn vein. Throughout, Jacks frames the songs with creative, if often dated, arrangements that compare favorably to his obvious influences, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Phil Spector. In addition to "Which Way You Goin' Billy," the group's biggest hit (number two in 1970) and a generous helping of singles and high-quality album tracks, the disc includes an alternate, wildly psychedelic mix of "There's No Blood in Bone" and two different versions of "That's Where I Went Wrong" (the second of which features some cool country guitar leads). Overall, A Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973 is a fantastic find -- one of those hidden gems that record fanatics always hope to discover. ~ Pemberton Roach
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