Emitt Rhodes (album)

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Emitt Rhodes
Emitt Rhodes 1970 cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 December 1970
GenrePower pop, baroque pop
ProducerEmitt Rhodes, Harvey Bruce
Emitt Rhodes chronology
The American Dream
Emitt Rhodes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
The Village VoiceB–[3]

Emitt Rhodes is the second album by Emitt Rhodes, released in 1970, although it is generally considered to be his debut album, as The American Dream was a contractual obligation, released without Rhodes' input.

Rhodes recorded the album in his home studio. At the time, union rules required that recordings released on major labels must be recorded in proper studios, so the fact that this was a home recording could not be mentioned on the cover. The runout groove of the original LP release on Dunhill Records contained a decorative banner proclaiming, "Recorded at Home." Rhodes wanted to call the album Homecooking, but Dunhill decided to title it Emitt Rhodes.

Rhodes recorded the instruments on a four-track recorder and then approached Dunhill, who gave him a contract. He transferred the four-track instrumental recordings to an eight-track recorder to add the vocals on the four additional channels (and using a better microphone).

The album reached number 29 on the Billboard album chart. The single "Fresh as a Daisy" reached number 54 on the Hot 100. Billboard later called the album one of the "best albums of the decade".

The song "Lullabye" was featured in the film The Royal Tenenbaums.[4]

Alt-country singer Tift Merritt recorded a cover of "Live Till You Die" on her 2010 album See You on the Moon.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Emitt Rhodes.

Side one
1."With My Face on the Floor"3:06
2."Somebody Made for Me"2:23
3."She's Such a Beauty"2:21
4."Long Time No See"3:14
6."Fresh as a Daisy"2:46
Total length:14:55
Side two
1."Live Till You Die"2:44
2."Promises I've Made"3:21
3."You Take the Dark Out of the Night"2:54
4."You Should Be Ashamed"2:38
5."Ever Find Yourself Running"2:34
6."You Must Have"2:04
Total length:16:15



  • Emitt Rhodes: Recorded at Home, by Kevin Ryan, Tape Op #33, Jan. 2003, pp 44–50.
  • Emitt Rhodes Song Book, published by Thirty Four Music Co., 1971
  1. ^ Emitt Rhodes at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1970). "Consumer Guide (16)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265666/soundtrack[user-generated source]
  5. ^ http://www.spinner.com/2010/06/09/tift-merritt-anne-murray-roller-skates-see-you-moon-album/[dead link]