As the Years Go By

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"As the Years Go By"
"Days When We Are Free / As the Years Go By" cover
The 45rpm vinyl cover of "Days When We Are Free / As the Years Go By".
Single by Mashmakhan
from the album Mashmakhan
A-side "Days When We Are Free"
Released 1970
Format 45rpm
Recorded 1970 at Columbia B Studios
Genre Rock fusion
Length 3:03
Label Columbia (Canada)
Epic (US)
CBS (Netherlands and Spain)
CBS/Sony (Japan)
Producer(s) Billy Jackson
Mashmakhan singles chronology
"As the Years Go By"
(1970)
"Gladwin"
(1970)
Japanese cover
Cover as used in Japan:
"Kiri no Naka no Futari" (霧の中の二人?, lit. "Two in the Fog")
Spanish cover
Cover as used in Spain:
Según pasan los años

"As the Years Go By" is the first single by rock fusion band Mashmakhan from their self-titled debut album. The single was first recorded in Columbia B Studios and was released as the first single to Mashmakhan's self-titled debut album. The other single "Days When We Are Free" was used as the A-side to the 45rpm. "As the Years Go By" was also fit into several compilation albums of '70s songs.

The single was very well received by the public and the critics, despite its eerie minor key tune. The single sold over one million copies worldwide and received a gold disc. Allmusic critic Lindsay Planer also praised the single's sales and its lyrics.

The single was released as "Kiri no Naka no Futari" (霧の中の二人?, lit. "Two in the Fog") in Japan.

History[edit]

In 1970, "As the Years Go By" was originally recorded by Mashmakhan in Columbia B Studios.[1] "As the Years Go By" was released as the debut single of Mashmakhan's upcoming self-titled album. "As the Years Go By" was released in an edited form, with the latter single "Days When We Are Free" as the A-side. Following "As the Years Go By" the previously mentioned single and "Gladwin" were released. The self-titled debut, Mashmakhan was released as an LP album in 1970.[2] Later the single appeared on several rock compilation albums. "As the Years Go By" was first included in Rock Artifacts, Vol. 1 in 1990.[3] On November 9, 1995, "As the Years Go By" along with the whole Mashmakhan album and its follow up album The Family were included in the compilation Mashmakhan/The Family.[4][5] On April 24, 2001, "As the Years Go By" was also released on the Rock Treasures compilation by the Sony Music Entertainment.[6] And lastly, "As the Years Go By" was used in the Japanese compilation The 70's, Vol. 3 by Universal Music Group of Japan on December 15, 2007.[7]

The song was covered by the Florida-based salsa/funk band Coke on the 1972 self-titled debut, for which the lyrics and title were translated into Spanish: "Que Seria de Mi".[8]

Track listing[edit]

Both of the songs were produced by Billy Jackson.[1]

A-side
No. Title Composers Length
1. "Days When We Are Free"   Rayburn Blake, Brian Edwards, Jerry Mercer, Pierre Senecal 6:11
B-side
No. Title Composers Length
2. "As the Years Go By"   Pierre Senecal 3:03
Total length:
9:14

Reception[edit]

At its release, the single sold 100,000 copies in Canada, 500,000 copies in the United States, and over 1,000,000 copies in Japan.[2] The single cracked the national charts in both Canada (#1 - singles (RPM 100) chart 2 weeks, CatCon chart 7 weeks) and the United States (#31).[1] "As the Years Go By" sold over one million copies globally, and received a gold disc.[9] The single was generally well received by critics. Allmusic critic Lindsay Planer stated that "As the Years Go By" not only became their biggest hit but it also became "a million-seller in (of all places) Japan" and that the lyrics "are undeniably puerile," and texturally the "connotations of the word 'love' remain eternal."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mashmakhan - Biography". Canadian Bands.com. Retrieved August 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Pettipas, Keith. "Mashmakhan > Biography" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Rock Artifacts, Vol. 1 > Overview" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Pettipas, Keith. "Mashmakhan/The Family > Overview" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "Mashmakhan > Overview" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Rock Treasures (Sony) > Overview" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "70's, Vol. 3 > Overview" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Coke (4) - Coke". Discogs. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 283. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
Preceded by
"(They Long to Be) Close to You" by The Carpenters
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
August 22 – August 29, 1970
Succeeded by
"In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry
Preceded by
"Hashire Koutaro" (ja) by Salty Sugar (ja)
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart number-one single
January 11 - January 18, 1971
Succeeded by
"Boukyou" (ja) by Shinichi Mori (ja)

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