Marmalade

The Very Best of the Marmalade [Sanctuary]

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After previous Marmalade compilations had included only the British band's American chartings or its British hits, Sanctuary Records finally summarized the group's extensive output with two releases: the far more extensive 2001 anthology Reflections of the Marmalade and this more concise greatest-hits collection, which includes all of the Marmalade's significant recordings on one disc. The Marmalade may have been a wholly derivative group, but they did deliver a series of smart pop singles during their surprisingly long run; listeners who are only familiar with their lone U.S. smash, the morose "Reflections of My Life," will be surprised at how much ground they covered. The Very Best of the Marmalade has its share of bouncy horn charts ("Lovin' Things," later made a hit by the Grass Roots, and their number one U.K. cover of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"), rollicking rockers (the power poppy "Radancer"), and neatly harmonized vocals (the touching "My Little One," their unexpected 1976 comeback hit "Falling Apart at the Seams"), enough so to please most fans of late-'60s pop records. This collection misses no important ground and benefits further from concise yet complete liner notes on the band's strange history.

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