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Melanie: Candles in the Rain/Leftover Wine/Gather Me *

Track List

>Candles in the Rain
>Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
>Carolina in My Mind
>Citiest People
>What Have They Done to My Song Ma
>Alexander Beetle
>Good Guys, The
>Lovin' Baby Girl
>Ruby Tuesday
>Leftover Wine
>Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
>Close to It All
>Uptown and Down
>Momma Momma
>Saddest Thing, The
>Beautiful People
>Animal Crackers
>I Don't Eat Animals
>Happy Birthday [Talk]
>Happy Birthday [Song]
>Tuning My Guitar
>Psychotherapy
>Leftover Wine
>Peace Will Come (According to Plan)
>Little Bit of Me
>Some Day I'll Be a Farmer
>Steppin'
>Brand New Key
>Ring Around the Moon
>Ring the Living Bell Shine the Living Light
>Railroad
>Kansas
>Some Say (I Got Devil)
>Center of the Circle
>What Wondrous Love
>Baby Day
>Tell Me Why

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ian McFarlane.

Recording information: Allegro Studios, New York; Catero Sound, San Francisco; Wessex Studio, London.

Raven's double-disc set contains three albums Melanie released in the early '70s: Candles in the Rain and Leftover Wine, both from 1970, and 1971's Gather Me (the original full-length version of "Lay Down [Candles in the Rain]" is added as a bonus track). These aren't Melanie's first albums but they are her most popular, with Candles in the Rain being her breakthrough and Gather Me containing her perennial "Brand New Key," but apart from the hits the albums offer plenty of evidence of Melanie's charmingly eccentric, melodramatic quirks. Plus, this well-annotated set is a nice way to get the best of this singer/songwriter. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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