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Album: A Teenage Opera: The Original Soundtrack Recording
# Song Title   Time
1)    Theme From A Teenage Opera
2)    Festival Of Kings
3)    Grocer Jack
4)    Paranoic Woodcutter, The - (previously unreleased)
5)    Mr Rainbow
6)    Glory's Theme (All Aboard) - (previously unreleased)
7)    On A Saturday
8)    Possums Dance
9)    Auntie Mary's Dress Shop
10)    Love And Occaisional Rain
11)    Grocer Jack - (previously unreleased)
12)    Sam
13)    Farewell To A Broken Doll
14)    He's A Dear Old Weatherman
15)    Shy Boy
16)    Grocer Jacks Dream - (previously unreleased)
17)    Barefoot And Tiptoe
18)    Knickerbocker Glory
19)    Dream Dream Dream
20)    Colnel Brown
21)    Cellaphone Mary Jane
22)    Paranoic Woodcutter - (previously unreleased)
23)    Theme From A Teenage Opera
 

Album: A Teenage Opera: The Original Soundtrack Recording
# Song Title   Time
1)    Theme From A Teenage Opera
2)    Festival Of Kings
3)    Grocer Jack
4)    Paranoic Woodcutter, The - (previously unreleased)
5)    Mr Rainbow
6)    Glory's Theme (All Aboard) - (previously unreleased)
7)    On A Saturday
8)    Possums Dance
9)    Auntie Mary's Dress Shop
10)    Love And Occaisional Rain
11)    Grocer Jack - (previously unreleased)
12)    Sam
13)    Farewell To A Broken Doll
14)    He's A Dear Old Weatherman
15)    Shy Boy
16)    Grocer Jacks Dream - (previously unreleased)
17)    Barefoot And Tiptoe
18)    Knickerbocker Glory
19)    Dream Dream Dream
20)    Colnel Brown
21)    Cellaphone Mary Jane
22)    Paranoic Woodcutter - (previously unreleased)
23)    Theme From A Teenage Opera
 
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  • A TEENAGE OPERA includes music by Mark Wirtz and Keith West.
  • Personnel: Mark Wirtz (vocals, keyboards); Nick Lowe (vocals).
  • Recording information: 07/1967-07/1968.
  • Arranger: Mark Wirtz.
  • "A Teenage Opera," like the Beach Boys' infinitely more celebrated Smile, was never truly completed as such; collectors have always wondered, however, if the project exists as a "lost" album of sorts. This 23-track sequence of tracks by Keith West, Tomorrow, Wirtz, Kippington Lodge, the Sweetshop, Zion de Gallier, and Steve Flynn (some previously unissued), is as close an approximation as can be delivered. The psychedelically-influenced baroque rock-cum-easy listening arrangements are interesting, but really this is too twee and precious to qualify as anything like a lost masterpiece. Nor is it much of an orchestral pop suite; it's more a grouping of songs with a similar sunny fairyland vibe, sounding like an in-progress version of a children's rock record. You're far better off hearing "Teenage Opera," "Sam," and the Tomorrow cuts -- which are the gutsiest and most durable selections here by a wide margin -- on RPM's The Complete Keith West compilation, or the original (and only) Tomorrow album. ~ Richie Unterberger
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