The Good Book (album)

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The Good Book
vinyl album cover (UK edition)
Studio album by Melanie
Released 1971
Studio Allegro Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Pop
Label Buddah
Producer Peter Schekeryk
Melanie chronology
R.P.M. (Revolutions per Minute)
(1970)R.P.M. (Revolutions per Minute)1970
The Good Book
All the Right Noises
(1971)All the Right Noises1971
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The Good Book is a 1971 album released by Melanie and featuring the Top 40 hit "Nickel Song". The album also features "Birthday of the Sun", a track Melanie originally performed at Woodstock in 1969.

The album was the last 'official' Melanie release from Buddah Records - she left the company to form her own label; however several Buddah albums were later issued featuring 'leftover' material from earlier sessions; in addition to several compilation albums.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melanie Safka except where noted.

  1. "Good Book"
  2. "Babe Rainbow"
  3. "Sign on the Window" (Bob Dylan)
  4. "The Saddest Thing"
  5. "Nickel Song"
  6. "Isn't It a Pity"
  7. "My Father" (Judy Collins)
  8. "Chords of Fame" (Phil Ochs)
  9. "You Can Go Fishin'"
  10. "Birthday of the Sun"
  11. "The Prize"
  12. "Babe Rainbow (Reprise)"


  • Melanie - nylon guitar, banjo, vocals
  • Vinnie Bell - electric guitar
  • Sal DiTroia - classical and steel guitar
  • Hugh McCracken - classical guitar
  • Eric Weissberg - fiddle
  • Joe Mack - bass
  • Ron Frangipane - keyboards
  • Margie English - banjo
  • Buddy Saltzman, George Devens - drums, percussion
  • Dave Melaney - accordion
  • George March - woodwind
  • The Pennywhistlers - backing vocals
  • John Abbott, Lee Holdridge, Ron Frangipane - arrangements