Emitt Rhodes was a talented fellow ... hell, he probably still is. Starting with Los Angeles folk/rock band The Merry-Go-Round, Rhodes soon made a name for himself as a one-man pop band drawing heavily from Rubber Soul
thru White Album
But while it's tempting to define Rhodes as simply 'McCartney inspired' and leave it at that, he actually moved through several phases in his brief pop career, from The Merry-Go-Round's folk/rock, to the expansive sounds of The American Dream
through to the more esoteric pop of his final album Farewell to Paradise
Rhodes' forte nevertheless was writing songs obviously indebted to someone else, and it appears he struggled to establish his own unique voice. To the extent it can be heard iin his songs, it is the sadness and weariness of his onerous recording contract that precipitated his mental health problems and prematurely ended his recording career.
is not a live album, the album's sub-title is an uninspired pairing of the two singles lifted from the album (didn't the label think people might mistake the album for a single?). Regardless, the album marks Emitt Rhodes' debut as a singer and songwriter, and it's quite a statement.
For people familiar with Rhodes, the voice and harmonies will be recognisable, but the sound less so - it's clearly an outgrowth of American folk/rock, struck through with pre-psychedelia Beatles, with two slightly twangy guitars, bass, and drums.
Compared with Rhodes' later more intricate arrangements, the sound is somewhat constrained, but The Merry-Go-Round were a rather polished band - bassist Bill Rinehart had played with The Leaves (the originators of "Hey Joe"), and both he and drummer Joel Larson has also had played with Gene Clark.
by Reviewer: Obscurity
(blogging at Obscurity!