Melanie - Sunset And Other Beginnings (1975)

Another reup (no much time nor energy to post these days, sorry). A not really prime Melanie LP but the link was still on defunct mf account so now it's fixed on rs. As usual, what I wrote in the initial post, even if Melaniemaniacs (there are some) have found it offensive.

1972-1975 is not a good period for Melanie musically. She seemed much more concerned by her children than by songwriting and recording and the 4 albums she would release are among her most uneven, this one being one of the weakest (and the cover sleeve quite ugly). The worst in it are the musical arrangements, with this fake funky flavour that ruined some of the best attempts. And when songs are ballads, there is a pathos in the vocals and sound that destroy the emotion. If I post it, it's because this album is no more available on CD (and never has been really easy to find) and because many versions found on the net are the US and not the UK version, the latter including a reworked version of "Ol Man River" which is finally one of the best thing of the whole playlist. Other good songs are "Perceive It", the cover of "I Got My Mojo Working" (second track on the US version, seven on the UK version, don't take the sleeve below for reference, it doesn't respect the original UK order of the playlist) and "Where's The Band". Not a lot considering there are 13 songs. Sad to say that (and maybe Melanie's fans will disagree but there is nothing more boring than fans), but it's a rather dispendable album. The poor rework of "You Can't Hurry Love" has nothing to do in Melanie's repertoire and was a failure in single. And the version of "Almost Like Beign In Love" failed too to make any impact although she appeared in some TV shows (see below). Since I'm here to provide a wide view of the artistic life of this great lady, there is no way I would miss to post it. Importantly, all the songs of the US LP were taken from CD version in 320 kb so nothing to do with lo-qual sources that you can find here and there on the net. Enjoy it here.


Any middle-aged German Witch in Amerika said...

Wow, that is really amazing how different perspectives can be! This is one of my favourite albums!

"People are just getting ready" is an anthem to me, I actually can sing both parts, as I kept singing along since 1978 (when I bought this), and I changed the parts for a change of pace.

The spanish have also released this album, but under a weird title (Rock History Vol.80 or so), and they, too, have the "Old Man River", which is missing in the US LP.

Strangely, I think it never made the west german market, because I bought a US import LP in a west german store.

Another songs crucial to me is What do I keep - I just love the philosophic approach of change (again touched by her, this is her red line through life), and the arrangement with the background is just stunning me. I love love love this song!!

I have played my vinyl to death, but it has been secretly released on CD with a 3-CD-Box Set Triple Treasures (2002), where all titles (of the original LP) are included.

Great pictures, too! She is pregnant with Jeordie at the time.

Thank you for posting it! Even more since you dislike the album so much!

Boris said...

Hi, having recently found your blog, I'm trying to catch up with your Melanie's posts. But this one is not available anymore, so dare I ask for a repost? Since the points of view seems to differ on that album, I'd be glad to judge by myself... Thanks in advance.

Boris in Paris.

Mateo San Diego said...

Indeed, I truly enjoy hearing your thoughts about this album, and we largely agree that Sunset has its holes... but I must say it also has some rather epic tracks in it that truly cannot be missed. "People Are Just Getting Ready" is, as mentioned, among her best tracks - my god, it is so true and powerful; but also "Where's the Band" is as good as anything on Ballroom Streets and has that transcendent power of the best tracks found on Gather Me. I am so excited you have posted it and can't wait to hear a good copy... you are the best, and I love your site.

LT said...

Again may I humbly impose on your generosity and kindness to re-up this music? The RS link is sadly expired. Thank you very much! :-)

dkelvin said...

Sorry but since the album was edited in CD last month for the first time, I think more respectful not to post a free version here. Don't know whether Melanie gets her due for this CD issue but by caution, I don't re-up it for some times.