- 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.
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."