Monday, November 8, 2010

The Rockin' Berries-Life Is Just A Bowl Of Berries (1965)


The group decided to push their comic routines to the fore on their second album, with fairly disastrous results. Their use of comedy in their live act may have helped get them work at seaside resorts and cabarets, but it's painfully corny on record. That's what you hear on about half of the album--yuk-yuk run-throughs of hammy novelties like "I Know an Old Lady," "When I'm Cleaning Windows," and "The Laughing Policeman." Interspersed, with all the flavorful consistency of a licorice pizza, are standards like "The Way You Look Tonight" and covers of Goffin-King's soul-ballad "I Need You," the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko," and Bacharach-David's "My Little Red Book." The non-comedy material is competent but unremarkable, and not as good as the straight rock and pop stuff the Berries did on their first LP, In Town. If you must seek this out, the painless way to do so is on Sequel's two-CD They're in Town, which includes Life Is Just a Bowl in its entirety, surrounded by dozens of other (usually superior) tracks recorded by the band in the 1960s.

1. The Rockin' Berries - Everything I Do Is For You (2:02)
2. The Rockin' Berries - Harvest of Love (2:23)
3. The Rockin' Berries - Poor Man's Son (2:40)
4. The Rockin' Berries - The Way You Look Tonight (2:08)
5. The Rockin' Berries - I Know And Old Lady (2:06)
6. The Rockin' Berries - Happy To Blue (2:44)
7. The Rockin' Berries - Iko Iko (2:03)
8. The Rockin' Berries - When I'm Cleaning Windows (1:48)
9. The Rockin' Berries - I Need You (3:09)
10. The Rockin' Berries - Doesn't Time Fly (1:27)
11. The Rockin' Berries - The Laughing Policeman (2:08)
12. The Rockin' Berries - My Little Red Book (2:30)
13. The Rockin' Berries - The Water Is Over My Head (2:45)
14. The Rockin' Berries - I Didn't Mean To Hurt You (1:59)
15. The Rockin' Berries - You'de Better Come Home (1:39)
16. The Rockin' Berries - I Could Make You Fall In Love (1:57)
17. The Rockin' Berries - Midnight Mary (2:31)
18. The Rockin' Berries - Money Grows On Trees (2:26)
19. The Rockin' Berries - Sometimes (2:27)
20. The Rockin' Berries - Needs To Be (2:37)
21. The Rockin' Berries - Smile (2:40)
22. The Rockin' Berries - Breakfast At Sam's (2:37)
23. The Rockin' Berries - If You Find Somebody To Love (2:38)
24. The Rockin' Berries - From One Who Knows (2:38)
25. 25.What Can I Do.
26. 26.Across The Street.
27. 27.Reach The Top.
28. 28.Pain.
29. 29.Mr. Blue.
30. 30.Dawn Go Away.
31. 31.She's Not Like Any Girl.


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