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Call “Echo Valley 2-6809” For 7Ts’ Latest Partridge Family Reissues

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Partridge - Sound Magazine and Shopping BagEven Reuben Kincaid might be happy with two upcoming releases from Cherry Red’s 7Ts label: two-for-one reissues of The Partridge Family’s Sound Magazine and Shopping Bag; and The Partridge Family Notebook and Crossword Puzzle.  Continuing 7Ts’ David Cassidy and Partridge Family reissue series, both two-fers are out now in the U.K. and on February 5 in U.S. stores.

1971’s U.S. Top 10 album Sound Magazine, the third LP from the TV group fronted by David Cassidy and Shirley Jones, followed its two predecessors up the charts.  Like The Partridge Family Album and Up to Date (released in 2012 by 7Ts on one CD) as well as those albums that followed, Sound Magazine featured the instrumental talents of the Los Angeles “Wrecking Crew” including Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn and Tommy Tedesco.  Producer Wes Farrell developed a remarkably consistent team for all of the Partridges’ sunny pop records, and Sound Magazine featured songs by Farrell and Paul Anka (“One Night Stand”), Rupert Holmes and Kathy Cooper (“Echo Valley 2-6809”) and Partridge mainstay Tony Romeo (“You Don’t Have to Tell Me,” “Summer Days,” “I Would Have Loved You Anyway”).  Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown’s “I Woke Up in Love This Morning” was the album’s biggest hit, peaking just outside the Top 10 at No. 13 in America.  The Partridge Family Christmas Album (not part of 7Ts’ program) arrived next, but the proper follow-up album Shopping Bag arrived in early 1972 and featured much of the same personnel and songwriters.  Bobby Hart teamed with both Farrell and longtime partner Bobby Hart for a couple of songs, Farrell teamed with Romeo for three more, and David Cassidy supplied his own “There’ll Come a Time.”  It was Cassidy’s third and final songwriting credit on a Partridge Family album.  Though Shopping Bag cracked the Top 20 in the U.S. at No. 18, it didn’t yield any Top 10 singles.  Tony Romeo’s “It’s One of Those Nights” did hit No. 20 Pop.  “Am I Losing You,” by Levine and Brown, only managed to hit No. 59, signaling that Partridge-mania had perhaps subsided.

Hit the jump for details on the next two-fer, plus pre-order links and discography for both titles!

Partridge - Crossword and NotebookThe next CD picks up with November 1972’s The Partridge Family Notebook. Its lead-off single, a revival of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil’s “Looking Through the Eyes of Love,” scraped the Top 40 in America, but made it all the way to No. 9 in the U.K. chart.  Two other Mann and Weil classics were also included on Notebook: the oft-covered “Walking in the Rain” and the rocking “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”  (The dreamy “Walking in the Rain” repeated its U.K. chart success for The Walker Brothers when the Partridges’ version reached No. 10.  It wasn’t released as a single stateside.)  Farrell, Danny Janssen, Bobby Hart and Tony Romeo all made contributions, and Farrell’s production was typically bright and filled with sparkling harmonies.  The album’s No. 41 U.S. chart placement wasn’t impressive by the group’s standards, but it far surpassed that of the group’s next and penultimate album.  Crossword Puzzle, despite offering another collection of upbeat, catchy pop from the usual team, couldn’t do any better than No. 167 on the Billboard 200.  By the time of its March 1973 release, David Cassidy was already enjoying solo stardom; could he have been singing about the Partridges when he soulfully implored, “We gotta get out of this place” in song?  (There’s no word yet on whether 7Ts has plans to reissue the Partridges’ final album, Bulletin Board.)

7Ts’ two Partridge Family releases both include new liner notes from Phil Hendriks and discography pages covering both albums and singles.  They’re available now in the U.K. and on February 5 in U.S. stores.  You can order both titles below!

The Partridge Family, Shopping Bag / Sound Magazine (7Ts GLAMCD 142, 2013) (Amazon U.K.)

  1. One Night Stand
  2. Brown Eyes
  3. Echo Valley 2-6809
  4. You Don’t Have to Tell Me
  5. Rainmaker
  6. I’m on My Way Back Home
  7. Summer Days
  8. I Would Have Loved You Anyway
  9. Twenty-Four Hours a Day
  10. I Woke Up in Love This Morning
  11. Love is All That I Ever Needed
  12. Girl, You Make My Day
  13. Every Little Bit o’ You
  14. Something New Got Old
  15. Am I Losing You
  16. Last Night
  17. It’s All in Your Mind
  18. Hello Hello
  19. There’ll Come a Time
  20. If You Ever Go
  21. Every Song is You
  22. It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love)

Tracks 1-11 from Sound Magazine, Bell LP 6064, 1971
Tracks 12-22 from Shopping Bag, Bell LP 6072, 1972

The Partridge Family, Crossword Puzzle / The Partridge Family Notebook (7Ts GLAMCD 143, 2013) (Amazon U.K.)

  1. Friend and a Lover
  2. Walking in the Rain
  3. Take Good Care of Her
  4. Together We’re Better
  5. Looking Through the Eyes of Love
  6. Maybe Someday
  7. We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  8. Storybook Love
  9. Love Must Be the Answer
  10. Something’s Wrong
  11. As Long As You’re There
  12. One Day at a Time
  13. Sunshine
  14. As Long As There’s Love
  15. It’s a Long Way to Heaven
  16. Now That You Got Me Where You Want Me
  17. It Means I’m in Love with You
  18. Come On Love
  19. I Got Your Love All Over Me
  20. Let Your Love Go
  21. It Sounds Like You’re Saying Hello
  22. It’s You

Tracks 1-11 from The Partridge Family Notebook, Bell LP 220, 1972
Tracks 12-22 from Crossword Puzzle, Bell LP 234, 1973

Written by Joe Marchese

January 25, 2013 at 10:15

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  1. It’s odd that they skipped “Christmas Card” since that would make an even 8 albums they could have divided up as 4 two-fers. Of course, “Christmas Card” wasn’t included in the Buddah/Sony Legacy reissues from a few years back either.

    They could pair up “Bulletin Board” with “At Home With Their Greatest Hits.” Although there have been numerous PF compilations, I don’t believe that one has ever been released on CD in its original form.

    I do find it interesting that none of the various CD reissues of the PF albums over the years (Razor & Tie, Sony, Collector’s Choice and now Cherry Red) have included any bonus tracks. There were dozens of tracks recorded for the show that never appeared on the original albums. Seems like a huge missed opportunity.


    January 25, 2013 at 19:37

    • Right on Scott. The World of the Partridge Family would be a nice collection to have on CD if they won’t do “At Home…”


      January 25, 2013 at 20:05

  2. Where is a Partridge Family “Rarities” collection that would include all the songs recorded and used in the TV show but were never included on any PF album releases?


    January 25, 2013 at 20:08

  3. The only Partridge Family CD I have with any “unreleased” tracks is the 2005 Arista/Legacy comp “Come On Get Happy:The Very Best of the Partridge Family”. It sounds great, remastered by Vic Anesini, and includes “Stephanie”, “Let The Good Times In”, “Baby I Love, Love, I Love You”, and “Together (Havin’ A Ball)”. Frankly, “Together…” alone made the CD worth purchasing for me:
    Great liner notes listing musicians for each track. A more comprehensive collection of rare stuff would be nice, but this CD is worth the $8 bucks to me.

    Jason Michael

    January 25, 2013 at 20:57

  4. Love those Hart & Hart songs.

    mark schlesinger

    January 25, 2013 at 23:10

  5. I’m with the other commenters, a couple unreleased tracks would have won me over but I don’t see any reason to get these at all. Not one thing about these seem better than the older reissues. (most of which are still in print btw) Dissapointing.

    Robert Lett

    January 27, 2013 at 00:44

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