Gather Me

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Gather Me
Gatherme.jpg
Studio album by Melanie
Released October 1971
Genre Pop
Label Neighborhood (US)
Buddah (UK)
Producer Peter Schekeryk
Melanie chronology
All the Right Noises
(1971)
Gather Me
(1971)
Stoneground Words
(1972)

Gather Me is a 1971 album released by Melanie and featuring the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart #1 song "Brand New Key" (a novelty hit which also reached the #1 chart position in Canada, New Zealand and Australia between November 1971 and March 1972[1]). The album also features the singles "Some Day I'll Be a Farmer" and the Top 40 hit "Ring the Living Bell". The album was certified Gold in the U.S. and was arranged by Roger Kellaway.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B+ [3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melanie Safka; except where indicated

  1. "Little Bit of Me"
  2. "Some Day I'll Be a Farmer"
  3. "Steppin'"
  4. "Brand New Key"
  5. "Ring Around the Moon"
  6. "Ring the Living Bell"
  7. "Railroad"
  8. "Kansas"
  9. "Some Say (I Got Devil)"
  10. "Center of the Circle"
  11. "What Wondrous Love" (Arranged and adapted by Melanie)
  12. "Baby Day"
  13. "Tell Me Why" (Michael Edwards, Richard Parish, Sigmund Spaeth)

Personnel[edit]

  • Melanie - guitar, vocals
  • Sal DiTroica - acoustic and electric guitar
  • Don Payne - bass
  • Roger Kellaway - piano, arrangements
  • Buddy Saltzman, Donald MacDonald, Robert J. Gregg - drums
  • Johnny Pacheco - congas
  • Toots Thielemans, Gilbert Chimes, Michael Chimes - harmonica
  • George Marge - woodwind
  • Artie Kaplan - contractor

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 9
Canadian Albums Chart 14
UK Albums Chart 14
US Albums Chart[4] 15
Singles
Chart Title Peak
position
U.S Billboard Hot 100 "Brand New Key" 1
Billboard Adult Contemporary "Brand New Key" 5
US Cash Box Singles "Brand New Key" 1
UK Singles Chart "Brand New Key" 4
Australian Chart "Brand New Key" 1
Canadian Chart "Brand New Key" 1
US Billboard Hot 100 "Ring the Living Bell" 31
US Cash Box Singles "Ring the Living Bell" 21
Billboard Adult Contemporary "Ring the Living Bell" 18
Australian Chart "Ring the Living Bell" 74
Canadian Chart "Ring the Living Bell" 24
US Billboard Bubbling Under Chart "Some Day I'll Be a Farmer" 106
US Cash Box Singles "Some Day I'll Be a Farmer" 79
Australian Chart "Some Day I'll Be a Farmer" 95

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brand New Key at Songs from the Year 1972.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. Gather Me at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 30, 1971). "Consumer Guide (22): Melanie: Gather Me". The Village Voice. Retrieved 18 November 2011.  Also posted in a revised version at "Melanie: Gather Me > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Melanie > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 November 2011.