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Emitt Rhodes

Hawthorne, California, native Emitt Rhodes made his first mark in the music world in 1967 as the leader of the baroque pop band the Merry-Go-Round. The band achieved some marginal success with the Rhodes-penned "Live" and "You're a Very Lovely Woman," recording one album of Magical Mystery Tour-inspired pop. When the band broke up in 1969, Rhodes set up a home studio in his parents' garage and began his solo career, engineering and playing all instruments himself. The strength of his initial demos, now showing a strong Paul McCartney influence, helped him get signed to ABC/Dunhill. His critically acclaimed, self-titled debut managed to break into the Top 40 in 1971, but pressure from his record company forced him to rush-release a follow-up, Mirror, the same year. Mirror was predictably a lesser effort, barely charting. By the time of the third album, 1973's Farewell to Paradise, Rhodes was running into legal problems with ABC, since he was unable to fulfill his contract, which demanded he deliver a new album every six months. Disillusioned, he retired from the performing side of the business, working instead as an engineer and studio operator for Elektra/Asylum. Though he never released an album since Farewell to Paradise, he continued to write and demo new songs. ~ Chris Woodstra, Rovi
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Great melodies and arrangements . . . . w h i l e it's somewhat McCartney, Beatles-era- e s q u e , the lyrics feel more honest to me. Fans of Elliot Smith, Sparklehorse , or even Spoon should dig this.
Very Beatle-esque : - )
I had always thought Rhodes and The Merry-Go-Rou n d were a British band. They certainly had that sound in the 1967 period. I liked the band, they got a lot of AM radio airplay in SouCal.
Badfinger
Always thought this was the Beatles in the 70's listening to KHJ in LA. Same with the song If You Want It, Come and Get It from the movie with Ringo Starr, what was it? The Magic Christian?
t.gainer0
yep, i played his album thin in 1971...she's such a beauty...def i n i t e l y beatlesque!
tonyp12
Good stuff. Thought this was contemporary listening to it for the first time. The kind of things that should be on the radio a lot more often than they are.
This album was HUGE in the early '70's: constantly on the A/M - especially Fresh as a Daisy.
Very Raspberries sounding - to the credit of both.
tallulah3
I met Emitt when we were both 17; many moons ago! His drummer was Joel Larson, and Joel & I were a couple for years, still friends. Joel is currently recording with Emitt. Emitt had so many great songs, and listening to the old stuff brings back many good memories. Look forward to hearing his new tracks. Hopefully, the documentary on Emitt will soon be released. Tallulah
(Still think the same as below!)
OMG! I love Emitt. Freakin' amazed that Pandora pulled him up. I haven't been able to find much about him. I have "Mirror" on LP. I'll definitely check out these other records. YEAH!!!!
mtgbuyer1
Emitt is the absolute master-
... in different ways, sometimes even better than his source of inspiration :--)
Truly a great voice and lots of awesome melodies..
t_heath
I forgot all bout this great voice...used to listen to him back in early 70's
Probably one of the greatest and most underrated songwriters of his day. His best songs are of the same caliber as most of McCartney's - very lovely stuff!
Emitt Rhodes is back in the studio in 2009. Go to MySpace and type in Emitt Rhodes. You'll find Emitt Rhodes and the Emitt Rhodes Band ... a combination of Matt, founding member of counting crow, Emitt Rhodes and Dan Mayer and another from a group called "Cody Road." ed benson .
Ed Benson from Mississippi?
Have met Emitt Rhodes personally - very nice guy.

Ed Benson
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I agree with you, artistic.1. Very nice.
He's got a nice sound. Very McCartney-li k e . That's the highest compliment.

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