Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On my turntable: The Partridge Family Notebook

Overall, Notebook (1972) is more Adult Contemporary than previous Partridge LPs; Missing is much of the original youthful spirit that helped to make earlier efforts such irresistible ear candy. Still, while being far from the Partridges' best work, the album does include a number of excellent tunes that were featured in seasons 3 & 4 of the show: "Friend and Lover", "Walking in the Rain", "Together We're Better", "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" (the group's last top 40 single), "Storybook Love", and "Love Must Be The Answer". The album's greatest embarrassment: a completely unnecessary cover of the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place". Nobody ever needs to hear this song ever.

2 comments:

DeeDee said...

How right you are about that Animals' cover on "Notebook". Cringe-worthy. It's really too bad because Cassidy's vocals sound spot on to my ears - especially the first four lines. Sultry as all heck. "Storybook Love" is a fave - a catchy song that illustrates the innocence of a first crush. Any songs like that around today? Doubt it. Looking forward to checking out more of your blog.

Bill Wikstom said...

I actually heard TPF's version of the Animals classic in a segment about late 60's social/political unrest in some TV documentary a few months ago. And hearing David's inappropriately cheery vocals made me laugh out loud.

However worse 'Notebook' is is than other TPF albums, I still love it, as I do 'Bulletin Board' and 'Crossword Puzzle'. They all have the same amount of Sunshine/Baroque pop nuggets to warrant some (well, many for me) returns.