The Electric Prunes (album)
|The Electric Prunes|
|Studio album by The Electric Prunes|
|Studio||American Recording Co., Power House, No. Hollywood, CA|
|The Electric Prunes chronology|
The Electric Prunes, sometimes referred to as 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".
The success of the Electric Prunes' 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 wah-wah pedal and promoted use of the equipment in the Vox Teen Beat magazine. 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.
With the band having a busy touring schedule, the recording of the album was hurried in an effort to cash in on their recent success. The band was already composing material for what they hoped would be an album of their own design. However, much of the album's content was out of their control as producer Dave Hassinger brought in the songwriting team of Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz. They, alone, produced seven of the 12 tracks, much to the frustration of the band. Mark Tulin and James Lowe, the band's main songwriters, were limited to just one track, the song "Luvin'". 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..."
Track listing and composers confirmed from All Music.
|1.||"I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)"||Nancie Mantz & Annette Tucker||2:55|
|3.||"Onie"||Mantz & Tucker||2:43|
|4.||"Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)"||Mantz & Tucker||2:21|
|5.||"Train for Tomorrow"||James Lowe||3:00|
|6.||"Sold to the Highest Bidder"||Mantz & Tucker||2:16|
|7.||"Get Me to the World on Time"||Jill Jones & Tucker||2:30|
|8.||"About a Quarter to Nine"||Al Dubin & Harry Warren||2:07|
|9.||"The King Is in the Counting House"||Mantz & Tucker||2:00|
|11.||"Try Me on for Size"||Jill Jones & Tucker||2:19|
|12.||"The Toonerville Trolley"||Mantz & Tucker||2:34|
|CD Bonus Tracks|
|13.||"Ain't It Hard"||R. Tillison & T. Tillison||2:14|
- James Lowe - lead vocals (1, 2, 5-14), autoharp, rhythm guitar, tambourine
- Ken Williams - lead guitar
- James "Weasel" Spagnola - rhythm guitar, backing and lead (3, 4) vocals
- Mark Tulin - bass guitar, piano, organ
- Preston Ritter - drums, percussion
- Deming, Mark. The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Electric Prunes Biography". electricprunes.com.
- Richie Unterberger. "Unterberger Album Review". richieunterberger.com.