April 17, 2001
Remember Records
Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, AM Pop, Sunshine Pop

Album Review

With an ever-shifting lineup, and tightly controlled (at least initially) by the crack writing and production team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, the Grass Roots never really had a strong public identity during their peak years in the mid-'60s through the early '70s, but managed to turn out several memorable (if hardly innovative) singles none the less. Starting with the gentle folk-rock of "Where Were You When I Needed You" in 1965, followed by the sitar-laced "Let's Live for Today," the Grass Roots seemed like a somewhat watered-down version of the Byrds, but with 1968's "Midnight Confessions," they took a turn in the Motown direction, and following the sleek, sexy "Temptation Eyes" in 1971, they ended up sounding more like the prototype for Hall & Oates. In the end, their best singles survive on the oldies radio stations because they are solidly produced, and at a time when social relevance seemed to be the flavor, the Grass Roots sang about sex and lust in a veiled and singalong style, making them a tremendous guilty pleasure. The bare essentials are all here on this collection, although Rhino's two-disc Anthology remains the last word.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Where Were You When I Needed You
  2. Let's Live for Today
  3. Things I Should Have Said
  4. Midnight Confessions
  5. Bella Linda
  6. Lovin' Things
  7. The River Is Wide
  8. I'd Wait a Million Years
  9. Heaven Knows
  10. Walking Through the Country
  11. Come on and Say It
  12. Temptation Eyes
  13. Sooner or Later
  14. Two Divided by Love
  15. Glory Bound
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