This gem of a record was only $1. One freaking dollar. Are you crazy people? Anyway, looking at the cover and listening to this, I had a hard time believing this came out in 1970 (and was in great part, a product of the 60’s). It looks and sounds like a much more modern record.
But this did come out in 1970 and was Melanie’s third album. With the lead single “Lay It On Down (Candles In The Rain)” based on her experience performing at Woodstock (in which a bunch of spectators light up candles while see played). I probably mentioned this on the last post I wrote on her, but you really do not hear much about Melanie’s performance at Woodstock which is probably a shame. Anyway, this record and that single in particular, brought the artist her first Top Ten hit in the US. “Ruby Tuesday” as well as “What Have They Done To My Song, Ma” were also hits. The album sold well in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Overall, I think this is an excellent album and really showcases Melanie’s talent. With the exception of “Ruby Tuesday”, the rest of the songs are written by the artist. She is also backed up vocally in places by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.
For a sample, I decided to go with “Left Over Wine” which was one of the songs I picked from the live album I posted last year or so but did not use. I think because it skipped.
Great little record. Satisfactory.