Spanky And Our Gang* ‎– Spanky And Our Gang

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A1 Lazy Day
Arranged By – Jimmy WisnerWritten-By – Fischoff*, T. Powers*
2:50
A2 Byrd Avenue
Arranged By – Bob Dorough, Stu Scharf*Written-By – M. Smith*
2:45
A3 Trouble
Arranged By – Joe RenzettiWritten-By – M. Smith*
5:05
A4 Sunday Will Never Be The Same
Arranged By – Jimmy WisnerWritten-By – E. Pistilli*, T. Cashman*
2:55
A5 Commercial
Arranged By – Spanky and Our Gang*Written-By – M. Smith*
1:20
A6 If You Could Only Be Me
Arranged By – Joe RenzettiWritten-By – C. D'Errico*, R. Atkins*
2:10
B1 Making Every Minute Count
Arranged By – Jimmy WisnerWritten-By – J. Morier*
2:45
B2 5 Definitions Of Love
Arranged By – Bob Dorough, Stu Scharf*Written-By – B. Dorough*
2:40
B3 Brother Can You Spare A Dime
Arranged By – Joe RenzettiWritten-By – Harburg*, Gorney*
5:05
B4 Distance
Arranged By – Joe RenzettiWritten-By – J. Renzetti*, R. Gilmore*
2:33
B5 Jet Plane
Arranged By – Joe RenzettiWritten-By – J. Denver*
2:55
B6 Come And Open Your Eyes
Arranged By – Joe RenzettiWritten-By – J. Mapes*
2:45

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Quoted from front cover:
"Featuring: Sunday Will Never Be The Same"

Recorded At Western Recorders - Hollywood, Cal. and Olmstead Studios, New York, N.Y.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SR 61124, SR-61124 Spanky & Our Gang Spanky And Our Gang(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61124, SR-61124 US 1967 Sell This Version
SR 61124 Spanky & Our Gang Spanky And Our Gang(LP, Album) Mercury SR 61124 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
MG 21124, MG-21124 Spanky & Our Gang Spanky And Our Gang(LP, Album, Mono) Mercury, Mercury MG 21124, MG-21124 US 1967 Sell This Version
SR 61124, SR-61124 Spanky & Our Gang Spanky And Our Gang(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61124, SR-61124 US 1967 Sell This Version
SR 61124 Spanky & Our Gang Spanky And Our Gang(LP, RE) Mercury SR 61124 US Unknown Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

July 14, 2016

Spanky and Our Gang attempted to be all things to all people, and with the changing counter culture of the day, they just seemed to have stepped through the door at the wrong moment ... coming off as a mere fashion statement, rather than a band to be reckoned with.

While attempting be embark on the journey of the original outing by The Jefferson Airplane, and mixing brilliant harmonies that turned them into mere clones of The Mammas & the Papas, Spanky and Our Gang would never come off with any credibility, locked into a world that revolved around lightweight AM radio hits that embraced the likes of The 5th Dimension, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a group from a short time passed, and headed out the door, Peter, Paul & Mary.

The music of this album is all over the map, and it’s that conceptual lack of continuity that prevented this group from ever rising above hit singles, with songs that were pleasant to listen to in rotation, but were nevertheless embarrassing and awkward to drop onto your stereo, as your parents were there to love every minute of it as mom was preparing dinner, and dad sat there reading the newspaper unconsciously tapping his foot in time to the beat.

This is the music of Scott McKenzie, this is the sort of music that made the Flower Power Generation mainstream, this is the music that made the so called counter culture commercially viable and allowed Coca Cola to put the final nail in the coffin with their commercial using the song “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.” This is music you don’t have to consider, this is music that made me feel foolish, as those who were not part of my generational values thought that it represented me ... when in fact, my mother was in the kitchen zonked on Valium preparing TV dinners [ah la The Rollings Stones “Mother’s Little Helper”], and my father was always late getting home, looking exactly the same as every other man who stepped off of the commuter train with his black suit, tie, and briefcase.

Yes, even with the tripped out album cover bespeaking psychedelics and mind expansion, Spanky and Our Gang delivered nothing of consequence or visionary wonder, they were a mere corporate soundtrack for the summer of 1967 ... while in my bedroom that summer, the posters on the wall danced in time to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper, Strange Days by The Doors, Surrealistic Pillow by The Jefferson Airplane,The Rolling Stones’ Satanic Majesties Request, The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, Hendrix, and so much more ... music that had passion, purpose, and importance; rather than lovey-dovey usless fluff.

Review by Jenell Kesler