Tommy James & The Shondells ‎– Crimson & Clover

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'Crimson And Clover' is on this album in a 5:26 minutes version, instead of the 3:23 minutes version on 7-inch single (the radio version).

Tracklist

Crimson & Clover 5:26
Kathleen McArthur 2:41
I Am A Tangerine 3:25
Do Something To Me 2:28
Crystal Blue Persuasion 4:01
Sugar On Sunday 3:19
Breakaway 2:45
Smokey Roads 2:39
I'm Alive 3:12

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Abb) Roulette SR 42023 US 1969 Sell This Version
ROU-A-42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(4-Trk, Album) Roulette ROU-A-42023 US 1969 Sell This Version
RL-82023, RL 82023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(8-Trk, Album) Roulette, Roulette RL-82023, RL 82023 US 1969 Sell This Version
845-42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(8-Trk, Album) Roulette 845-42023 US 1969 Sell This Version
R-2558 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Tico Mexico R-2558 Mexico 1969 Sell This Version
LDVS 17157 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette LDVS 17157 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
SR 42023, SR-42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette, Roulette SR 42023, SR-42023 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SLES-2, SLES. 2 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette, Stateside SLES-2, SLES. 2 India 1969 Sell This Version
CLVLXR 339 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette CLVLXR 339 France 1969 Sell This Version
XRLP-6220 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) RGE, Roulette XRLP-6220 Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
RRLP 2 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette RRLP 2 UK 1969 Sell This Version
RF7022 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette RF7022 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette SR 42023 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette SR 42023 US 1969 Sell This Version
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette SR 42023 US 1969 Sell This Version
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette SR 42023 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
RS 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette RS 42023 South Africa 1969 Sell This Version
2063 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Mono) Roulette 2063 Argentina 1969 Sell This Version
RRLP 2 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Mono) Roulette RRLP 2 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Pit) Roulette SR 42023 US 1969 Sell This Version
CH-3122 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Unofficial) Chung Hwa Records CH-3122 Taiwan 1969 Sell This Version
45-42023 F Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Roulette 45-42023 F US 1969 Sell This Version
SC-59028 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(Cass) Roulette Records, Inc. SC-59028 US 1981 Sell This Version
SR 59028 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, RE) Roulette SR 59028 US 1981 Sell This Version
SR 59028 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, RE) Roulette SR 59028 US 1981 Sell This Version
SR 59028 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, RE) Roulette SR 59028 US 1981 Sell This Version
WPCR-16837 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(CD, Album, RE, RM) Roulette WPCR-16837 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
LP-7414 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP) Roulette, Tico Records LP-7414 Venezuela Unknown Sell This Version
LP 7414, LP-7414 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album) Roulette, Tico Records LP 7414, LP-7414 Venezuela Unknown Sell This Version
BC-4153 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Unofficial) Black Cat Record BC-4153 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
SR 42023 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Unofficial) Taedo SR 42023 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
EU 210 Tommy James & The Shondells Crimson & Clover(LP, Album, Unofficial) Taedo EU 210 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
EU 210 Tommy James & The Shondells Tommy James & The Shondells(LP, Unofficial) Taedo EU 210 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version

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guitarfreak1799

guitarfreak1799

September 26, 2021
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, Mono, RRLP 2

Just for anyone curious this is not a true mono mix, just a fold.
cubtone

cubtone

May 5, 2021
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, RE, SR 59028
Killer pressing of this great album, sounds amazing, highly recommend, don't let "1981" scare you.
discoch

discoch

June 10, 2020
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, LP 7414, LP-7414
I HAVE THE TICO VERSION IN BLUE VENEZUELAN ,,,,, MADE PALACIO DE LA MUSICA
djfritzen

djfritzen

May 23, 2020
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, Abb, SR 42023
The last reissue on vinyl was in 1981. 39 years ago. A new reissue would be very very welcome. Love this one.
streetmouse

streetmouse

February 6, 2019
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, Abb, SR 42023

Tommy James & the Shondells never went to Woodstock, not because they weren’t invited, but because they were having such a grand time in sunny Hawaii, saying “Who wants to go play on some farm in New York?” And if that weren’t enough, these hippie wannabes spent 1968 touring with Vice President Hubert Humphrey during his presidential run, where it turns out Mr. Humphrey was so grateful that he penned the liner notes for this album.

As to the title song “Crimson & Clover,” at the time it was suggested that the title expressed an anti Viet Nam war sentiment, with the colour crimson representing the blood being spilled by America’s young men and women over the green clover. The actual truth of the matter is elusive as well, with Tommy James suggesting that he woke up one morning thinking of his favorite color ‘crimson’ and his favorite flower ‘clover,’ though most people never did buy into that explanation, so another was created by songwriter and bass player Peter Lucia, who said that it was actually he who came up with the title while watching his hometown (Morrison, NJ) high school football team play a game.

Tommy James always scored well with the singles, though by 1968, listeners were demanding quality coherent albums filled with music that was interconnected and bespoke of the times. To that end, Crimson & Clover was half-heartedly constructed, along with some numbers being sloppily recorded and produced. Of course this was to be the Tommy James psychedelic album, the album that would win back all the fans he lost by not showing up at Woodstock, but truth be told, James just didn’t have the vision or the chops to lay down a truly emancipated album … though the record did contain another brilliant single “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” and the very baroque Moody Blueish “Kathleen McArthur” (who’s not an actual person). All of the other numbers have their moments, but are rather weak on the whole, though when it comes to what was intended to be the psychedelic masterpiece, “I’m A Tangerine,” only managed to fracture listeners, causing far too many to fall off their beds laughing, and was recorded very harshly, almost teeth grindingly so. The song seems to revolve around a bowl of fruit that’s talking among themselves, and I sincerely doubt, even with supporting lines such as “My head is spinning … “ that this track floated around an actual lysergic experience. It’s simply silly verbal visual nonsense to make the guy seem more hip than his hippie garb possibly could.

Of course ‘inconsistent’ is perhaps the best descriptor, where without a doubt, James and his mates should have stuck to their relentlessly good singles, rather than this bombastic folly of sound and vision. Rather than setting your sights here, you’d be far better to grab hold of the Tommy James & the Shondells Anthology, as it will include all of the best numbers from this album along with his other amazingly good AM radio singles from those magic years.

Review by Jenell Kesler
spinmarket

spinmarket

July 15, 2017
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, Abb, SR 42023
The most underrated band and album. The gold standard example as to why the R&R Hall of Fame is garbage.
cwl1977

cwl1977

February 19, 2017
referencing Crimson & Clover, LP, Album, Abb, SR 42023

Copy I have is CAN but has US back cover With Black and Silver record label,l has a small C on back cover at bottom