A.R.M. (kinkyturtle) wrote,

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Seven words to watch out for

There's this song called "Don't Pull Your Love" (sometimes called "Don't Pull Your Love (Out)"), recorded in 1971 by a band called Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (that's three guys, not four), which is wonderfully catchy, and I love to hear it whenever it plays on a radio. It's a rock song tinged with elements of country and Big Band sounds, and it has a lot of energy.
Don't pull your love out on me, baby
If you do, then I think that maybe
I'll just lay me down, cry for a hundred years.
Don't pull your love out on me, honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don't leave me here drowning in my tears.

Recently, I thought I might like to have a copy of it on CD. Trouble is, CD stores are like Chuck E. Cheese; the older a song is, the less likely you are to find it there. And "Don't Pull Your Love" is 34 years old. So I went to the CD store and explored. Might they have any Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds albums in the rock section? Nope. How about in the oldies section? Where the hell is the oldies section? Ah, there. But nope, no HJF&R there either.

So I went to the very end of the rock section where they keep all the "various artists" compilations. Sometimes I can find something worthwhile there. Sure enough, I found "The Seventies Generation - 1971", with songs such as "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & the Raiders, "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" by the Fortunes, "Treat Her Like a Lady" by the Cornelius Brothers, "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer & Shipley... and "Don't Pull Your Love" by HJF&R!

That was a week or so ago, and I finally got around to listening to the song yesterday. But something was wrong. It sounded different; it wasn't the same recording they play on the radio. It sounded weaker; the singers and musicians sounded tired. Where was the energy I loved so much?

Then I had another look at the CD case, and noticed these seven words near the bottom: "New stereo recordings by the original artists." Apparently they got Hamilton, and Joe Frank, and their old pal Reynolds to come out of retirement to re-record the song. No wonder they sounded tired; in fact, they sounded old. Twenty-six years older, given the copyright date of 1997 on the CD.

So I did a web search to see what else I could find, and I found this: "Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Greatest Hits: Don't Pull Your Love (Out)" on http://www.oldies.com. I read the page carefully. The dreaded seven words do not appear! Instead, it says "All original recordings." That's a good sign. And at the bottom of the page is the track list, with a series of links to hear preview snippets of the songs. I clicked the Windows Media link for "Don't Pull Your Love (Out)" and listened. YES! There's that energy I was hoping for! That's the same recording as on the radio!

So I ordered a copy. It should be arriving sometime after I get back from Anthrocon. o/` DOOT doot de doo! Doo da DOODEDOODOOT doot de doo! Don't pull your love out on me, baby... o/`

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