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She enthused at the time that it was her best album yet (which should always be taken with a pinch of salt), and that it was the first album she was entirely happy with, and one that reflected exactly where her head was at, at the time!

The only time I felt good about myself when I was in front of you, and we were together, and I could see and sense that all was well. Steppin'", which also sounds today like a pre-echo of Orton, and incidentally was the first "wronged-woman song" in her catalogue (if you overlook "Wait By the Water" and, indeed, "You Can Go Fishin'"). Center of the circle is the big production number of the album, but even there the arrangement, which includes a small orchestra, doesn't overwhelm. Allmusic stated that the album "is one of her most accomplished and confident albums, a set that allowed Melanie the room to indulge her lyrical obsessions while Schekeryk created superb musical accompaniment from her simple but forceful melodies.Interestingly, the album with her catchiest little pop hit was more folk oriented than the hit single would suggest and only Some Day I'll Be a Farmer is a "cute" song like Brand New Key. The inside lists musicians and the production crew and that's it except for the track listing on the back.

There's no discernible concept to this - it's hard to figure out what purpose is served by the quaint covers, 30-second fragments, half-finished works-in-progress and near-wordless guide vocals that cast a disproportionate shadow over the rest of the album. To his credit, label head Neil Bogart promoted her relentlessly and also left her style be her own rather than trying to make her a bubblegum princess. And of course, there's "Brand New Key" - Safka scholars aren't supposed to like it, because of the Wurzel connection and the way it stereotyped her in people's minds as a novelty act, but resistance is futile. It's unfortunate that this should become, for many, her definitive album, because it's really not one of her best. However, this is a great album beyond the popular "I've got a brand new pair of roller-skates" song, and the quality of the vinyl was excellent.My personal favorite is the melancholy Railroad, an intimate, confessional song with a nice arrangement of strings, guitar and winds. My Favorite album from Melanie's stint with Buddha Records, All great songs, with a lot of complex arrangements. I now see why you my dear ones are here it wasn’t just because you felt sorry for me (someone actually said that) or because I reminded you of something or someone you loved. For this listener, the biggest problem with the album is a more mundane one - there's too much religious content. Some of her classics can be found on this as well, from “Ring the Living Bell” to “Some Say (I Got Devil), to name but 2 of the best of her work.

The Southern Appalachian folk-hymn What Wondrous Love is given an appropriately simple treatment with mostly Melanie's voice and guitar. Buddha was a relatively new label that had been spun off Kama Sutra Records (which had made it with the Lovin' Spoonful), when its distribution deal with MGM ended. Melanie always sounds so sweet, and even her version of protesting usually involves badges and light words rather than the more usual shouts and taunts by bare-chested young men. Non-personalized content and ads are influenced by things like the content you’re currently viewing and your location (ad serving is based on general location).If Melanie has always been anxious not to be defined by her religious affiliation (which has changed over the years), and in later years has regarded herself as a secular humanist first and foremost, you'd never know it from listening to this! It opens with Little Bit of Me a sincere explanation of why she can't be constantly touring and recording. This is an early classic from the folk scene in the States, which, of course, is very different from the UK music scene involving folk music. It was such an unexpected surprise when I listened back to Brand New Key, Living Bell, Some Say, and I look at the girl I was. And it was that connection that motivated me to come out after the performance, meet everyone and never do a Melanie has left the building thing.

The arrangements are mostly quiet and acoustic and even when strings are added they're not overwhelming.The latter is considered by many as one of her classics - to me it's a qualified success, because of the ambiguous lyric. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The album also features the singles “Some Day I’ll Be a Farmer” and the Top 40 hit “Ring the Living Bell”.

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