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Ballad of Ric Menck [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
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Album: Ballad of Ric Menck [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Perfect Day
2)    Bicycle Song, The
3)    Clown
4)    Wishing on a Star
5)    Sunflower
6)    Are We Gonna Be Alright?
7)    Big Blue Buzz
8)    Tomorrow Ends Today
9)    Wonder
10)    She Swirls Around Me
11)    Million Tears
12)    Reachin' for the Stars
13)    Tranquil
14)    Delaware Rain
15)    Golden Hair
16)    Scatter Good Friends
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Ric Menck (vocals, drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Adam Schmitt.
  • Recording information: 1985-1990.
  • Despite the solo billing on this compilation, these songs are collaborations between drummer/singer Menck and longtime partner Paul Chastain, The duo that later gained fame as Velvet Crush. Originally recorded between 1985 and 1990 and released, on a variety of US and UK indie labels, under the names Choo Choo Train and the Springfields, these 11 songs are archetypal late-'80s indiepop.
  • Menck's breathy, adenoidal voice tops gently strummed electric and acoustic guitars and polite drums. A cover of the Pastels' "Million Tears" is a respectful nod to Menck and Chastain's most obvious influence, but the near-perfect "Are We Gonna Be Alright?" and "Wonder" and "Tomorrow Ends Today," both sides of the Springfields' debut single, are classics of the form. This delicate, '60s-influenced pop is often a far cry from the more rock-oriented Velvet Crush, but this album is essential for fans of that band.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (4/97, p.76) - 4 (out of 5) - "Less power and more pop than Velvet Crush....simple, clean strumming...with shambling sound and wide-eyed romanticism. All eleven Menck ballads at once might cause cavities. But taken in small doses, there is some magnificent, timeless pop music here."
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