Child Of Clay/Windmills O


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Review Text From the reissue mavens at Collectors' Choice Music comes the long-awaited CD release of both Child of Clay (1967) and Windmills of Your Mind (1969), which are presented on a single compact disc. Although these were Jimmie F. Rodgers' first LPs for A&M Records, they respectively paint two somewhat disparate portraits of the vocalist's undeniable talent. Coming off a successful run on Dot Records in the early-to-mid-'60s, Rodgers was teamed with legendary arranger Mort Garson and producer Allen Stanton. The repertoire might suggest that any accompanying score should lend itself to the artist's already established penchant as a folk musician. However, the reality is that Garson's heavy-handed orchestration often overpowers Rodgers' otherwise warm and supple resonance. These sonic indiscretions aside, Child of Clay is highlighted by several excellent inclusions. Among them are the whimsical "Turnaround" and the dreamy cover of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart's ballad "I Wanna Be Free" -- which was also a notable side for the Monkees on their 1967 self-titled debut disc. Both the song "Child of Clay" as well as the ominous "If I Were the Man" likewise stand out as they allow Rodgers room to personalize the pieces. Garson comes up aces on the former as his contributions hark back to collaborations with Glen Campbell on "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." It would be two years before the follow-up, Windmills of Your Mind, would be issued. The considerably long downtime was due to Rodgers' nearly fatal encounter with an off-duty cop in Los Angeles during December of 1967. While Garson returns, his input is much less intrusive, giving Rodgers room to explore his folksier side. Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," and erstwhile New Christy Minstrel Gayle Caldwell's "Cycles" all benefit from the "less-is-more" approach. While the latter title is probably best known by Frank Sinatra's version, it arguably bests Ol' Blue Eyes. Another well-worn melody featured here is "Me About You," which had also been recorded by Bobby Darin, Jackie DeShannon, and even the pseudo-psychedelic Orpheus. The final track is an interesting interpretation of Larry Marks' bluesy "L.A. Breakdown." As Rodgers was nearly killed on the Los Angeles freeway two years earlier, it undoubtedly takes on additional import and significance. While Rodgers returned the following year for Troubled Times (1970), it was greeted with such apathy that even the artist himself doesn't recall it very well. ~ Lindsay Planer

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Turnaround - 3:57
  2. 2. Today - 4:09
  3. 3. I Believed It All - 3:45
  4. 4. If I Were the Man - 3:58
  5. 5. Child of Clay - 4:10
  6. 6. I Wanna Be Free - 2:19
  7. 7. I'll Say Goodbye - 3:05
  8. 8. Try to Remember - 3:47
  9. 9. You Pass Me By - 3:58
  10. 10. My Love Is a Wanderer - 3:07
  11. 11. Lovers - 5:45
  12. 12. Windows of the World - 3:10
  13. 13. Me About You - 4:32
  14. 14. How Do You Say Goodbye - 3:54
  15. 15. Suzanne - 5:44
  16. 16. Cycles - 3:27
  17. 17. Windmills of Your Mind - 3:30
  18. 18. Both Sides Now - 3:05
  19. 19. Good Times Are Gone - 4:43
  20. 20. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - 3:17
  21. 21. L. A. Breakdown (And Let Me In) - 4:52

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