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4.1 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

macpro3000 ,

This is a Great Compilation!

Canadian artists Susan & Terry Jacks (of "Seasons in the Sun" fame) were married when they enjoyed their short career run as The Poppy Family. They only had a handful of top 40 hits in the U.S., but were reportedly very popular in their home of Canada. Their music is a mix of folk, rock and some bubblegum. Somone once called their sound "light hippie rock". No problem, as every track on this compilation is a keeper.

The main reason why I bought this album on CD was to get a clean copy of "Where Evil Grows." This is a superb song that should have been a bigger hit when released in 1971. Susan's voice is marvelous and the production is very good. Other favorites on this album include "Evil Overshadows Joe", "That's Where I Went Wrong" (both mixes), "Beyond the Clouds" and the perennial fave, "Which Way You're Going Billy?"

I wish they would issue Susan's solo hit "All The Tea in China" on CD or to iTunes.

Chuck Miller ,

Terry and Susan Jacks' life and loves in one collection

The Poppy Family were a major pop band in Canada, and if you listen to Susan Jacks' lead vocals, you get the sense that she could equal Karen Carpenter for most depressing song with a sparkling vocal. If you've only known the Poppy Family from their hit "Which Way You Goin', Billy?", then you should listen to tracks like "That's Where I Went Wrong" and "Good Friends." Lots of pain and heartache in that beautiful voice.

iphis ,

A Beaut!

A great compilation for the audiophile especially interested in the 1960's/early 1970's softie folk/psych; although tracks 12-19 have more of the Canadian country-ish lumberjack vibe...still a lovely album.

I have to disagree with itunes' blurb, tho. Susan Jack has a lovely voice; but, I would not call it "soulful." The lyrical content is much darker than The Carpenters, being in the zenith in the Vietnam protest era, but listen to Karen Carpenter's voice in "Reason to Believe"...Susan Jack's voice is much softer, higher and folkier than "soulful."

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