Thursday, November 27, 2008

THE FIREBALLS - Bottle Of Wine 1968


by Richie Unterberger
By the late 1960s, the Fireballs were trying to update their sound into the AM radio mainstream, as evidenced by the presence of beefy horns and full Grass Roots-type production on several tracks. Despite the presence of the hit "Bottle of Wine," it wasn't convincing, largely because the material was so run-of-the-mill. A few of the songs are decorated by an odd, Mellotron-ish keyboard sound (perhaps the Solovox, which had been employed back in 1963 on "Sugar Shack"), especially the ballad "Ain't That Rain" (the best track), but there's nothing too memorable. The liner notes, by the way, claim that Tom Paxton, noted folk singer and author of "Bottle of Wine," sent a demo of the song, which he "had just written," to Norman Petty in 1967, but in fact the tune could not have been penned in 1967: Judy Collins had recorded it in 1964. A CD reissue combines this and the 1969 album Come On, Reac! onto one disc.
01.- 3 Minutes Time (02:12)02.- Ain't That Rain (03:41)03.- Where Can Tomorrow Be Found (02:19)04.- Bottle Of Wine (02:09)05.- Mason Street (02:22)06.- Barbara White (02:18)07.- Groovy Motions (02:44)08.- Going Away (02:25)09.- I Don't Have The Right (02:03)10.- A Girl As Perfect As You (02:14)11.- Baby, Listen To Me (02:48)12.- Chicken Little (02:05)

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