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Melanie: Born To Be

Track List

>In the Hour
>I'm Back in Town
>Bobo's Party
>Mr. Tambourine Man
>Momma Momma
>I Really Loved Harold
>Animal Crackers
>Christopher Robin
>Close to It All
>Merry Christmas

Album Notes

Recording information: Allegro Sound Studios.

Director: Artie Ripp.

Arranger: Roger Kellaway.

Born to Be, Melanie Safka's 1969 debut, is an intriguing curate's egg. Neither Melanie, nor her producer-husband Peter Schekeryk, seem sure exactly where her strengths lie, so she is cast in a number of roles: Piaf-imitating chanteuse ("In the Hour"), soul-searching, angst-heavy troubadour ("Momma Momma"), giggling novelty figure ("Animal Crackers") and children's entertainer ("Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers"). Stranger still, half the time the experiment works; the small ensemble, led by her own enthusiastic (if thoroughly inexpert) guitar playing creates an arty, coffeehouse ambience in which Melanie's idiot-savant act flourishes. But the less said about her attack at "Merry Christmas" the better. ~ Charles Donovan


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