Crimson & Clover (album)

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Crimson & Clover
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Studio album by Tommy James and the Shondells
Released January 1969
Recorded 1968
Genre Psychedelic pop, psychedelic rock, pop rock
Length 28:24
Label Roulette 42023
Producer Tommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James and the Shondells chronology
Mony Mony
(1968)Mony Mony1968
Crimson & Clover
Cellophane Symphony
(1969)Cellophane Symphony1969
Singles from Crimson & Clover
  1. "Do Something to Me"
    Released: 1968
  2. "Crimson and Clover"
    Released: 1968
  3. "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
    Released: 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Crimson & Clover is the sixth album by Tommy James and the Shondells. It features the #1 hit "Crimson and Clover"[2] as well as the #2 hit "Crystal Blue Persuasion".[3] The album "Crimson & Clover", was released in January 1969 and reached a peak of #8 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Based on suggestions from radio stations the group chose to create an extended five-and-a-half minute long version of the title song for the album. The first two verses were copied without lead vocals overdubbed with guitar solos by Shondells guitarist Ed Gray using steel guitars and fuzz guitars, as well as an extended one-minute wah-wah pedal finish. During tape copying a slight speed error was inadvertently introduced. This resulted in a small drop in pitch during the new guitar solo sections, which went unfixed.[5][6]

The group had toured with Vice President Hubert Humphrey during his 1968 presidential campaign. Humphrey showed his appreciation by writing the liner notes for the Crimson and Clover album.

CD re-release[edit]

The version of Crimson and Clover on the 1991 "Crimson and Clover/Cellophane Symphony" CD is the same as the original album version; however, digital technology was used to fix the speed and pitch error mistake made in 1968. The CD booklet states that "Crimson and Clover" is now as it was "meant to be heard," and that Tommy James is "very satisfied" with the reissue of the recordings in CD format.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer Length
1. "Crimson and Clover" Tommy James, Peter Lucia 5:32
2. "Kathleen McArthur" Tommy James, Mike Vale 2:42
3. "I'm a Tangerine" Tommy James, Peter Lucia 3:36
4. "Do Something to Me" Jimmy Calvert, Norman Marzano, Paul Naumann 2:31
5. "Crystal Blue Persuasion" Eddie Gray, Tommy James, Mike Vale 4:02
6. "Sugar on Sunday" Tommy James, Mike Vale 3:23
7. "Breakaway" Tommy James, Mike Vale 2:45
8. "Smokey Roads" Tommy James 2:51
9. "I'm Alive" Tommy James, Peter Lucia 3:15
10. "Crimson and Clover (reprise)" Tommy James, Peter Lucia 1:03


Adapted from AllMusic.[7]

  • Eddie Gray – guitar, background vocals
  • Bill Inglot – engineer
  • Tommy James – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Peter Lucia – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Ken Perry – engineer
  • Ron Rosman – keyboards, background vocals
  • Michael Thom – liner notes
  • Mike Vale – bass, background vocals



Year Chart Peak Position
1969 Billboard 200 8


Year Single Chart Peak Position
1968 "Do Something to Me" Billboard Hot 100 38
"Crimson and Clover" 1
1969 "Crystal Blue Persuasion" 2
Adult Contemporary


  1. ^ Crimson & Clover at AllMusic
  2. ^ Tommy James and the Shondells, "Crimson and Clover" Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015
  3. ^ Tommy James and the Shondells, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015
  4. ^ Tommy James and the Shondells, Mony Mony Retrieved February 7, 2015
  5. ^ "Crimson & Clover and Cellophane Symphony". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells
  7. ^ "Crimson & Clover/Cellophane Symphony – Tommy James & the Shondells | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 

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