If You Go Away The Rca Years 1965 1970 (Box)

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Review Text With ears firmly on the pulse of the collector and hardcore enthusiast, the German-based Bear Family Records has gathered seven CDs worth of material from lyricist, vocalist and spoken word artist Rod McKuen's mid- to late-'60s stint on RCA Records. The albums covered on If You Go Away: The RCA Years 1965 -- 1970 (2007) are Rod McKuen Sings His Own (1965), The Loner (1966), Other Kids of Songs (1966), Through European Windows (1967), Listen to the Warm (1967), and The Single Man (1968) -- all of which had largely been out of print in North America for decades at the time of this box set's release. However that is a mere fraction of the contents as there is an overwhelming 111 -- of the 195 selections -- that have never been available before. That category would include a host of McKuen's demos -- that were meant not only for himself but for other artists -- alternate takes and unissued songs. The package likewise draws upon duets and other similar associations with McKuen's contemporaries Glenn Yarbrough, Don Ho, Anita Kerr, Chet Atkins, Henry Mancini, and Nelson Riddle, many of whom were also on RCA Records' roster. After a variety of careers that embodied the American spirit -- ranging from lumberjack and ranch hand to rodeo cowboy and even Beat poet, McKuen had already become a luminous figure both in his native United States and in France. It was there that the artist began working with Jacques Brel, translating his lyrics into English. When Stateside, McKuen would hold court in a variety of settings, as a narrator, singer, but most of all as a poet. Hardcore enthusiasts are the obvious and primary audience for this mammoth box set. And while they will undoubtedly have their respective favorites, standouts are the author's own interpretations of "If You Go Away," "The World I Used to Know," "A Cat Named Sloopy," "I'm Strong But I Like Roses," and of course "Seasons in the Sun." The over two-dozen selections on the seventh disc -- which is subtitled "I'll Catch the Sun" -- may provide the greatest cache of rarities. Of particular note is the military parody "Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes," an instrumental with Henry Mancini titled "Portuguese Bend," several tracks recorded live at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, namely "Children One and All" and "Things Bright and Beautiful" (Live at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium), and the Chet Atkins collaborative demos for "I Never Will Marry" and "River, River." Accompanying the CDs is a 12" hardcover book. Inside the 101 pages are essays by producer/compiler Todd Everett, song-by-song annotations from McKuen himself, and in excess of 200 photographs and reproduced pieces of vintage memorabilia -- some of which has never been published before. ~ Lindsay Planer

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Summer's Long - 3:48
  2. 2. Channing Way - 3:54
  3. 3. Each of Us Alone - 4:55
  4. 4. I've Been to Town - 3:07
  5. 5. Yes - 3:01
  6. 6. Hunters - 3:13
  7. 7. One Day Soon - 2:14
  8. 8. Summer in My Eye - 3:43
  9. 9. Times Gone By - 3:11
  10. 10. Looking Back at Thirty - 4:46
  11. 11. So Many Others - 3:32
  12. 12. Lovers - 6:58
  13. 13. Rusting in the Rain - 2:28
  14. 14. Plains on My Country Ballet Suite in 3 Movements - 8:40
  15. 15. Alamo Junction - 2:24
  16. 16. Summer's Long - 3:44
  17. 17. House Upon the Hill - 3:37
  18. 18. Stanyan Street Revisited - 3:07
  19. 19. We Have Only Love - 3:31
  20. 20. On My Own - 2:01
  21. 21. Tamarack Tree - 3:37
  22. 22. Take Me Home Again - 4:25
  23. 23. Sleep Now Love - 2:59
  24. 24. Trashy - 3:30
  25. 25. So Many Others - 3:31

CD: 2

  1. 26. Some Trust in Chariots - 3:31
  2. 27. People Change - 3:33
  3. 28. How Deep Is Down? - 2:58
  4. 29. When Flora Was Mine - 3:55
  5. 30. If You Go Away - 4:03
  6. 31. So Long San Francisco - 3:51
  7. 32. Loner - 2:24
  8. 33. Solo - 2:23
  9. 34. Lonely Things - 3:41
  10. 35. She - 3:53
  11. 36. Good Times Is All Done Now - 2:13
  12. 37. Truck Stop - 3:56
  13. 38. Thank You - 3:47
  14. 39. I Turn to You - 2:23
  15. 40. Church Windows - 3:47
  16. 41. Flowers - 3:51
  17. 42. Me and the Cat - 2:09
  18. 43. For Silence Is Golden - 2:18
  19. 44. Watching You Sleep/Thank You - 3:09
  20. 45. My Old Man - 3:47
  21. 46. Darlin' Don't You Know - 2:59
  22. 47. Girls of the Summer - 3:46
  23. 48. Happy Birthday Ernie - 1:42
  24. 49. Flowers - 3:51
  25. 50. My Mother's Eyes - 2:23
  26. 51. World I Used to Know - 3:48
  27. 52. Gee It's Nice to Be Alone - 2:49
  28. 53. If You Go Away - 4:06
  29. 54. So Long San Francisco - 3:46

CD: 3

  1. 55. Hurtin' - 2:15
  2. 56. You - 3:36
  3. 57. Before the Moneys Came - 2:11
  4. 58. Summertime of Days - 2:27
  5. 59. Women - 4:04
  6. 60. Zangra - 3:01
  7. 61. Down at Mary's Old Time Bar - 2:19
  8. 62. Meantime - 2:28
  9. 63. Open the Window and See All the Clowns - 2:41
  10. 64. I'm Strong, But I Like Roses - 3:26
  11. 65. Statue - 4:33
  12. 66. Ain't You Glad You're Livin', Joe - 2:10
  13. 67. Loneliness in Crowds - 2:24
  14. 68. Nouveau Fleur - 2:13
  15. 69. Me and the Cat - 3:44
  16. 70. Something More - 2:09
  17. 71. Meantime - 2:27
  18. 72. Open the Window and See All the Clowns - 2:45
  19. 73. Don't Forget to Bring Her a Rose - 3:31
  20. 74. Ain't You Glad You're Livin', Joe - 2:10
  21. 75. Habit - 2:00
  22. 76. Habit - 2:00
  23. 77. My Old Man - 3:47
  24. 78. You - 3:43
  25. 79. I'm Strong But I Like Roses - 3:23
  26. 80. Meantime - 2:03
  27. 81. Kill the Wind - 2:53
  28. 82. Don't Forget to Bring Her a Rose - 3:33
  29. 83. Open the Window and See All the Clowns - 2:49
  30. 84. Loneliness in Crowds - 2:21
  31. 85. Something More - 2:10

CD: 4

  1. 86. I'll Say Goodbye - 3:41
  2. 87. Mer Sans Soleil - 3:03
  3. 88. Bourgeois - 3:16
  4. 89. Through European Windows - 4:52
  5. 90. Song Without Words - 3:54
  6. 91. Paris (Mon Arbre) - 3:34
  7. 92. Baby Be My Love - 3:38
  8. 93. Ever Constant Sea - 3:34
  9. 94. Like a Child - 3:49
  10. 95. On the Road Again - 3:38
  11. 96. Nathalie - 3:21
  12. 97. Far West - 3:06
  13. 98. Pushing the Clouds Away - 2:57
  14. 99. Do You Like the Rain - 3:41
  15. 100. Gifts from the Sea - 3:45
  16. 101. Some Day We'll See Spains (Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra) [Extract fr - 8:46
  17. 102. Seasons in the Sun - 3:58
  18. 103. Capri in July - 2:08
  19. 104. Je Vien de Loin - 3:03
  20. 105. Kind of Loving - 3:49
  21. 106. I'm Only Me - 4:49
  22. 107. Chasin' the Sun - 4:34
  23. 108. Money Boys of Cannes - 3:37
  24. 109. Bon Soir Mademoiselle - 3:03
  25. 110. Through European Windows - 4:12

CD: 5

  1. 111. Prologue: A Cat Named Sloopy - 4:14
  2. 112. To Share the Summer Sun - 2:27
  3. 113. Round, Round, Round - 3:57
  4. 114. I'll Never Be Alone - 2:53
  5. 115. Ducks on the Millpond - 3:45
  6. 116. Midnight Walk - 2:08
  7. 117. Listen to the Warm - 2:11
  8. 118. It's Raining - 4:41
  9. 119. Weekend - 1:23
  10. 120. Brown October - 3:39
  11. 121. Where Are We Now? - 4:09
  12. 122. Singing of the Wind - 1:27
  13. 123. Dandelion Days - 2:16
  14. 124. I Live Alone - 2:20
  15. 125. Epilogue: One Day I'll Follow the Birds - 1:23
  16. 126. Entre Act: Listen to the Warm - 5:51
  17. 127. Listen to the Warm - 2:08
  18. 128. I Have Loved You in So Many Ways - 2:59
  19. 129. We Touch Shoulder to Shoulder - 2:56
  20. 130. Sunday in November - 1:26
  21. 131. Beyond This Wall - 2:25
  22. 132. Warm and Gentle Girls - 3:42
  23. 133. Be Gentle, Please - 1:58
  24. 134. Hurry - 2:47
  25. 135. Round, Round, Round (Reprise) - 3:38
  26. 136. Conversation After 1: Am - 3:52
  27. 137. I Have Loved You in So Many Ways - 3:05
  28. 138. Me and the Cat - 2:25
  29. 139. After the Toll Beach - 1:35
  30. 140. Listen to the Warm - 2:08
  31. 141. Twenty-Nine - 1:20
  32. 142. Midsummer - 2:28

CD: 6

  1. 143. Single Man - 3:13
  2. 144. Leave Me Something - 3:50
  3. 145. I Never Go There Anymore - 3:08
  4. 146. Phoenix - 2:25
  5. 147. Last of the Wine - 5:31
  6. 148. Elegy #1 - 2:34
  7. 149. Girls of the Summer - 3:06
  8. 150. Where Would I Be? - 3:32
  9. 151. Elegy #2 - 2:38
  10. 152. I've Saved the Summer - 2:04
  11. 153. In Passing - 2:51
  12. 154. Some of Them Fall - 2:21
  13. 155. Elegy #3 - 2:38
  14. 156. Importance of the Rose - 2:25
  15. 157. Ivy That Clings to the Wall - 2:24
  16. 158. Inside of Me - 5:24
  17. 159. Voyeur - 3:42
  18. 160. Home to See Maria - 2:29
  19. 161. Lovers of December - 4:35
  20. 162. Things Have Come (Gymnopedes #1) - 4:52
  21. 163. Home by Water (Gymnopedes #3) - 3:52
  22. 164. Sometimes - 3:48
  23. 165. And to Each Season - 5:29
  24. 166. Wind of Change - 5:03
  25. 167. Girls of the Summer - 3:05
  26. 168. Ivy That Clings to the Wall - 3:56

CD: 7

  1. 169. Up - 2:07
  2. 170. I'll Catch the Sun - 2:12
  3. 171. Glad Rag Doll - 2:21
  4. 172. Women - 5:49
  5. 173. We Have Only Love - 3:57
  6. 174. Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes (Parody) - 2:15
  7. 175. Waltz Goes On - 2:15
  8. 176. To Die in Summertime - 3:33
  9. 177. Seasons in the Sun - 3:57
  10. 178. So Many Others - 4:04
  11. 179. Ain't You Glad You're Livin, Joe - 3:33
  12. 180. Simple Gifts - 2:00
  13. 181. If You Go Away - 4:04
  14. 182. Love and Let Love - 2:40
  15. 183. Don't Forget to Bring Her a Rose - 3:30
  16. 184. Some of Them Fall - 2:27
  17. 185. When the Green Berets Come Home - 2:50
  18. 186. New Words - 2:29
  19. 187. Portuguese Band - 3:39
  20. 188. Monte - 2:57
  21. 189. Children One and All - 3:01
  22. 190. We - 3:09
  23. 191. I Never Will Marry - 2:42
  24. 192. River, River - 2:20
  25. 193. Things Bright and Beautiful - 5:42
  26. 194. One by One - 3:08
  27. 195. All of Me Is Mine - 2:54

Product Details

Release Date
2/26/07 

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