The Electric Prunes (album)

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I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
Studio album by The Electric Prunes
Released April, 1967
Recorded 1967
American Recording Co., Power House, No. Hollywood, CA
Genre Psychedelic rock, garage rock[1]
Length 29:47
Label Reprise
Producer David Hassinger
The Electric Prunes chronology
I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
(1967)
Underground
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) is the 1967 debut album by the American garage rock band, The Electric Prunes, and was released on Reprise Records. The first track, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)", was a hit and became the band's signature tune. It became the lead track on the compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968. The album also contains another notable psychedelic rock composition, "Get Me to the World on Time". The album was listed in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

Background[edit]

The Electric Prunes' success of their single, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)", which charted at number 11 in the U.S. and at number 49 in the UK, prompted the band to tour more and to record adverts. The band was featured in publicity photos for the November 1967 issue of Teen Pin-Ups. They also recorded an advert for the Vox wha wha pedal and promoted use of the equipment in the Vox Teen Beat magazine.[2] Following the band's extensive promotional campaign, a second single, "Get Me to the World on Time", was released and charted at number 27 in the U.S.[1]

With the filled touring schedule, the group's recording schedule was hurried in an effort to cash-in on their past success. The band was already composing material for what they hoped would be an album of their own design.[3] However, much of the album's content was out of their control as producer Dave Hassinger brought in the songwriting team of Annete Tucker and Nancie Mantz. They, alone, produced seven of the 12 tracks, much to the frustration of the band. Mark Tulin and Jerry Lowe, the band's main songwriters, were limited to just one track, the song "Luvin'".[2] The band considered some of the tracks just as filler and were disappointed in not having a choice in disclosing them. Tulin stated "We had nothing resembling freedom, let alone total freedom, in the selection of our songs. Consequently, there are definitely songs that I do believe didn't belong on the album..."[3]

The album was released in April 1967 and charted with moderate success at number 113 on the Billboard 200.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing and composers confirmed from All Music.[1]

Side One
No. Title Composer(s) Length
1. "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)"   Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker 2:55
2. "Bangles"   J. Walsh 2:27
3. "Onie"   Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker 2:43
4. "Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)"   Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker 2:21
5. "Train for Tomorrow"   J. Lowe 3:00
6. "Sold to the Highest Bidder"   Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker 2:16
Side Two
No. Title Composer(s) Length
7. "Get Me to the World on Time"   Jill Jones & Annette Tucker 2:30
8. "About a Quarter to Nine"   Al Dubin & Harry Warren 2:07
9. "The King Is in the Counting House"   Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker 2:00
10. "Luvin'"   J. Lowe 2:03
11. "Try Me on for Size"   Jill Jones / Annette Tucker 2:19
12. "The Toonerville Trolley"   Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker 2:34
Total length:
29:15
CD Bonus Tracks
No. Title Composer(s) Length
13. "Ain't It Hard"   R. Tillison & T. Tillison 2:14
14. "Little Olive"   J. Lowe 2:40
Total length:
34:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Jim Lowe - lead vocals (except "Onie" and "Are You Lovin' Me More"), autoharp, rhythm guitar, tambourine
  • Michael Weakley - vocals, rhythm guitar, lead vocals on "Onie" and "Are You Lovin' Me More"
  • Ken Williams - lead guitar
  • Mark Tullin - bass guitar, piano, organ
  • Preston Ritter - drums and percussion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Electric Prunes Biography". electricprunes.com. 
  3. ^ a b Richie Unterberger. "Unterberger Album Review". richieunterberger.com.