An expanded version of Jones' 1967 album Love Me, Love My Friends, with ten bonus tracks. That 1967 LP was supposed to be a concept album of sorts, though not a very adventurous one, the idea being to base it around songs with names in the titles -- "Poor Jenny," "Charlie Brown," "Bony Moronie," etc. The results are as hackneyed as you'd expect, Jones compromising his strengths -- his excellent R&B and soul sensibilities, as demonstrated in Manfred Mann -- for weak material, anchored by Mike Leander's period-piece British orchestral-pop arrangements.
|Original Front Cover 1967|
Jones is at his best when he gets even a bit rootsy, as on "Nosher Burns" and "Little Sadie," though the juxtaposition of lame remakes of the Coasters and the Everly Brothers next to a folk-rock reading of Bob Dylan's "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" is somewhat ludicrous. The bonus cuts, aside from the "Sons & Lovers"/"Three Sisters" single, were all previously unissued. None are especially interesting, although it's a shock to hear him covering the Electric Prunes on "Sold to the Highest Bidder."(allmusic.com)
To me a classic effort in the british pop scene in the middle of the sixties. Full of creativity and fine melodies. This is never boring, often very surprising and the album can manage to hold the positive tension nearly over the whole running time. If you love colourful sixties pop music grab it.
p.s.: If there is somebody who got it in Lossless and would share it please email me :-) !!!