The Penthouse 5

The WordD Is Love!

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This superb 20-song collection includes not only the best released and unreleased sides by the Penthouse 5, but also sides (often other, earlier versions of songs cut by the Penthouse) by the related groups the By Fives and the WordD, as well as Ron Price's original, Dylan-like demo of the original Penthouse 5's first single, "Don't Mess Around with My Dreams." Although the Penthouse 5 is the best of them, each of the bands was amazingly accomplished in both singing and playing Beatlesque songs with an edge (think of the Monkees as a real garage band), and their songwriting, mostly the responsibility of Keathley and Graham, was formidable when it wasn't too pretentious. The sound throughout is also excellent, and the only wasted space here are the rehearsals and backing tracks to one pair of songs, which take lots of time but don't reveal a lot about their way of working.

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