If You Go Away: The RCA Years 1965-1970

If You Go Away: The RCA Years 1965-1970

by Rod McKuenRod McKuen


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With ears firmly on the pulse of the collector and hardcore enthusiast, the German-based Bear Family Records has gathered seven CDs worth of material from lyricist, vocalist and spoken word artist Rod McKuen's mid- to late-'60s stint on RCA Records. The albums covered on If You Go Away: The RCA Years 1965 -- 1970 (2007) are Rod McKuen Sings His Own (1965), The Loner (1966), Other Kids of Songs (1966), Through European Windows (1967), Listen to the Warm (1967), and The Single Man (1968) -- all of which had largely been out of print in North America for decades at the time of this box set's release. However that is a mere fraction of the contents as there is an overwhelming 111 -- of the 195 selections -- that have never been available before. That category would include a host of McKuen's demos -- that were meant not only for himself but for other artists -- alternate takes and unissued songs. The package likewise draws upon duets and other similar associations with McKuen's contemporaries Glenn Yarbrough, Don Ho, Anita Kerr, Chet Atkins, Henry Mancini, and Nelson Riddle, many of whom were also on RCA Records' roster. After a variety of careers that embodied the American spirit -- ranging from lumberjack and ranch hand to rodeo cowboy and even Beat poet, McKuen had already become a luminous figure both in his native United States and in France. It was there that the artist began working with Jacques Brel, translating his lyrics into English. When Stateside, McKuen would hold court in a variety of settings, as a narrator, singer, but most of all as a poet. Hardcore enthusiasts are the obvious and primary audience for this mammoth box set. And while they will undoubtedly have their respective favorites, standouts are the author's own interpretations of "If You Go Away," "The World I Used to Know," "A Cat Named Sloopy," "I'm Strong But I Like Roses," and of course "Seasons in the Sun." The over two-dozen selections on the seventh disc -- which is subtitled "I'll Catch the Sun" -- may provide the greatest cache of rarities. Of particular note is the military parody "Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes," an instrumental with Henry Mancini titled "Portuguese Bend," several tracks recorded live at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, namely "Children One and All" and "Things Bright and Beautiful" (Live at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium), and the Chet Atkins collaborative demos for "I Never Will Marry" and "River, River." Accompanying the CDs is a 12" hardcover book. Inside the 101 pages are essays by producer/compiler Todd Everett, song-by-song annotations from McKuen himself, and in excess of 200 photographs and reproduced pieces of vintage memorabilia -- some of which has never been published before.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2006
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127161222
catalogNumber: 16122
Rank: 130658


Disc 1

  1. The Summer's Long
  2. Channing Way
  3. Each of Us Alone
  4. I've Been to Town
  5. Yes
  6. The Hunters
  7. One Day Soon
  8. Summer in My Eye
  9. Times Gone By
  10. Looking Back at Thirty
  11. So Many Others
  12. The Lovers
  13. Rusting in the Rain
  14. The Plains on My Country Ballet Suite in 3 Movements
  15. Alamo Junction
  16. The Summer's Long
  17. The House Upon the Hill
  18. Stanyan Street Revisited
  19. We Have Only Love
  20. On My Own
  21. The Tamarack Tree
  22. Take Me Home Again
  23. Sleep Now Love
  24. Trashy
  25. So Many Others

Disc 2

  1. Some Trust in Chariots
  2. People Change
  3. How Deep Is Down?
  4. When Flora Was Mine
  5. If You Go Away
  6. So Long San Francisco
  7. The Loner
  8. Solo
  9. The Lonely Things
  10. She
  11. The Good Times Is All Done Now
  12. Truck Stop
  13. Thank You
  14. I Turn to You
  15. Church Windows
  16. Flowers
  17. Me and the Cat
  18. For Silence Is Golden
  19. Watching You Sleep/Thank You
  20. My Old Man
  21. Darlin' Don't You Know
  22. The Girls of the Summer
  23. Happy Birthday Ernie
  24. Flowers
  25. My Mother's Eyes
  26. The World I Used to Know
  27. Gee It's Nice to Be Alone
  28. If You Go Away
  29. So Long San Francisco

Disc 3

  1. The Hurtin'
  2. You
  3. Before the Moneys Came
  4. The Summertime of Days
  5. The Women
  6. Zangra
  7. Down at Mary's Old Time Bar
  8. Meantime
  9. Open the Window and See All the Clowns
  10. I'm Strong, But I Like Roses
  11. The Statue
  12. Ain't You Glad You're Livin', Joe
  13. Loneliness in Crowds
  14. Nouveau Fleur
  15. Me and the Cat
  16. Something More
  17. Meantime
  18. Open the Window and See All the Clowns
  19. Don't Forget to Bring Her a Rose
  20. Ain't You Glad You're Livin', Joe
  21. The Habit
  22. The Habit
  23. My Old Man
  24. You
  25. I'm Strong But I Like Roses
  26. Meantime
  27. Kill the Wind
  28. Don't Forget to Bring Her a Rose
  29. Open the Window and See All the Clowns
  30. Loneliness in Crowds
  31. Something More

Disc 4

  1. I'll Say Goodbye
  2. La Mer Sans Soleil
  3. Le Bourgeois
  4. Through European Windows
  5. Song Without Words
  6. Paris (Mon Arbre)
  7. Baby Be My Love
  8. The Ever Constant Sea
  9. Like a Child
  10. On the Road Again
  11. Nathalie
  12. The Far West
  13. Pushing the Clouds Away
  14. Do You Like the Rain
  15. Gifts from the Sea
  16. Some Day We'll See Spains (Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra) [Extract fr
  17. Seasons in the Sun
  18. Capri in July
  19. Je Vien de Loin
  20. A Kind of Loving
  21. I'm Only Me
  22. Chasin' the Sun
  23. The Money Boys of Cannes
  24. Bon Soir Mademoiselle
  25. Through European Windows

Disc 5

  1. Prologue: A Cat Named Sloopy
  2. To Share the Summer Sun
  3. Round, Round, Round
  4. I'll Never Be Alone
  5. The Ducks on the Millpond
  6. Midnight Walk
  7. Listen to the Warm
  8. It's Raining
  9. Weekend
  10. Brown October
  11. Where Are We Now?
  12. The Singing of the Wind
  13. Dandelion Days
  14. I Live Alone
  15. Epilogue: One Day I'll Follow the Birds
  16. Entre Act: Listen to the Warm
  17. Listen to the Warm
  18. I Have Loved You in So Many Ways
  19. We Touch Shoulder to Shoulder
  20. Sunday in November
  21. Beyond This Wall
  22. The Warm and Gentle Girls
  23. Be Gentle, Please
  24. Hurry
  25. Round, Round, Round (Reprise)
  26. Conversation After 1: Am
  27. I Have Loved You in So Many Ways
  28. Me and the Cat
  29. After the Toll Beach
  30. Listen to the Warm
  31. Twenty-Nine
  32. Midsummer

Disc 6

  1. The Single Man
  2. Leave Me Something
  3. I Never Go There Anymore
  4. The Phoenix
  5. The Last of the Wine
  6. Elegy #1
  7. The Girls of the Summer
  8. Where Would I Be?
  9. Elegy #2
  10. I've Saved the Summer
  11. In Passing
  12. Some of Them Fall
  13. Elegy #3
  14. The Importance of the Rose
  15. The Ivy That Clings to the Wall
  16. Inside of Me
  17. The Voyeur
  18. Home to See Maria
  19. The Lovers of December
  20. Things Have Come (Gymnopedes #1)
  21. Home by Water (Gymnopedes #3)
  22. Sometimes
  23. And to Each Season
  24. The Wind of Change
  25. The Girls of the Summer
  26. The Ivy That Clings to the Wall

Disc 7

  1. Up
  2. I'll Catch the Sun
  3. Glad Rag Doll
  4. The Women
  5. We Have Only Love
  6. Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes (Parody)
  7. The Waltz Goes On
  8. To Die in Summertime
  9. Seasons in the Sun
  10. So Many Others
  11. Ain't You Glad You're Livin, Joe
  12. Simple Gifts
  13. If You Go Away
  14. Love and Let Love
  15. Don't Forget to Bring Her a Rose
  16. Some of Them Fall
  17. When the Green Berets Come Home
  18. The New Words
  19. Portuguese Band
  20. El Monte
  21. Children One and All
  22. We
  23. I Never Will Marry
  24. River, River
  25. Things Bright and Beautiful
  26. One by One
  27. All of Me Is Mine

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod McKuen   Primary Artist,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Lincoln Mayorga   Piano,Leader
Chet Baker   Trumpet
Frank Capp   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Jack Wilson   Bassoon
Pete Jolly   Piano,Harp,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Viola   Viola
Don Lusher   Trombone
Lyle Ritz   Bass,Guitar
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Timpani
Don Ho   Vocals
David Gates   Leader
Jim Sullivan   Banjo,Guitar
Glenn Yarbrough   Vocals
Anita Kerr   Leader
Billy Strange   Guitar
Barry Young   Choir, Chorus
Paul Lloyd Warner   Viola
Sue Allen   Choir, Chorus
Victor Arno   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums,Latin Percussion
Robert Barene   Violin
Benjamin Barrett   Conductor
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Peter Benson   Violin
Lionel Bently   Violin
Paul Bergstrom   Cello
Louise Blackburn   Trombone
Eddie Blair   Trumpet
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Perry Botkin   Leader
David Breinenthal   Bassoon
Lennie Bush   Bassoon
Red Callender   Bass
Evangeline Carmichael   Choir, Chorus
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Gene Cipriano   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,French Horn,Oboe,Saxophone
Peggy Clark   Choir, Chorus
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Alan Cooper   Violin
Brian Cooper   Violin
Morty Corb   Bass
DeLory   Piano
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Bonnie Douglas   Violin,Viola
Wayne Dunstan   Choir, Chorus
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Gene Estes   Percussion,Chimes,Vibes
Virgil Evans   Trumpet
Elliott Fisher   Violin
Eric Ford   Guitar
Ernie Freeman   Leader
Mort Garson   Leader
Bill Geldard   Trombone
Nathan Gershman   Cello
James Getzoff   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Anne Goodman   Cello
William Green   Saxophone
Chris Green   Cello
Arthur Greenslade   Conductor
Allan Harshman   Viola
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Butch Hudson   Trumpet
Harry Hyams   Viola
William Hymanson   Violin
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Eddie Karam   Leader
Carol Kaye   Guitar
Reginald Kilbey   Cello
Lou Klass   Violin
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Carl LaMagna   Violin
Ronald Langinger   Flute,Alto Flute
Jim Lawless   Percussion
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Anthony Mason   Bassoon
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Gerry McElhone   Trombone
Peter Mercurio   Bass
Gene Merlino   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica,Celeste,Harpsichord,Leader,Maracas,Penny Whistle,Clavietta
Henry Myerscough   Viola
Dick Nash   Trombone
Erno Neufeld   Violin
John Neufeld   Bass Clarinet,Electric Clarinet
Loulie Jean Norman   Choir, Chorus
Earl Palmer   Drums,Bells,Timpani
Richard Perissi   Horn,French Horn
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Maurice Pratt   Trombone
George Price   French Horn
Thurl Ravenscroft   Choir, Chorus
Skip Redwine   Conductor
Henry Roth   Violin
Vern Rowe   Choir, Chorus
Paul Ruhland   Bass
Myron Sandler   Viola
Paul Scherman   Violin
Wilbur Schwartz   Clarinet,Flute
Jack Shulman   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin
Henry Sigismonti   French Horn
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Robert Sushel   Violin
Robert Tebow   Choir, Chorus
David Thompson   Trumpet
Eddie Tripp   Bassoon
Terry Trotter   Organ,Piano,Calliope,Keyboards
Vivian Williams   Cello
Carolyn Willis   Choir, Chorus
Michael Winfield   Oboe
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Vincent DeRosa   Horn,French Horn
Joseph DiFiore   Viola
Joseph Saxon   Cello
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
John Coulling   Viola
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Choir, Chorus
Gene Garf   Organ,Piano
Bert Gassman   oberheim
Michael Malvoin   Organ
John Ronayne   Violin
Esther Roth   Conductor
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Thomas J. Tedesco   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Bass Guitar,Steel Guitar,Bazouki
Stanley Woods   Trumpet
Arthur Gleghorn   Flute
Howard Terry   Bassoon
Sidney Sharp   Violin
Ronnie Price   Keyboards
Howard Heitmeyer   Guitar
Donald McVay   Viola
Eugene Page   Leader
Colin Staveley   Violin
Dougie Wright   Drums
Jack Richards   Violin
Martha Ross   Violin
Ada Beth Lee   Choir, Chorus
Barbara Dixon   Viola
Wilma Kennedy   Viola
George Becker   Choir, Chorus
David Winston   Violin
Michael Anthony   Guitar
Sylvette Allart   Bassoon
Lloyd "Butch" Phillips   Violin
Ervan F. "Bud" Colman   Guitar
Alan Saunders   Saxophone
Charles Flores   Drums
William K. "Bill" Pitman   Guitar
William M. "Buddy" Collette   Flute
Neil Kenneth Levang   Guitar
Jason Willis   Guitar,Bassoon
Seymour Kramer   Violin
Leroy Collins   Viola
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost   Mallets
Emil "Richards" Radocchia   Percussion,Bongos,Timpani,Mallets
George Clinton Smith   Cello
Sherlie Matthews   Choir, Chorus
David Anderson   Cello
Ron Anger   Bassoon
Jimmy Archer   Violin
Sheila Armstrong   Harp
Don Bandi   Piano
Betty Jane Barker   Choir, Chorus
Jamison Barker   Bassoon
Alice Benson   Cello
Joseph Bernstein   Viola
Harold Bohniger   Cello
William Boren   Choir, Chorus
Jack Brenton   Harp
Clifford Bryant   Piano
Ryan Wolcott   Leader
Eirc Winston   Violin
Caren Wingate   Violin
Olive Williamson   Choir, Chorus
Jay Weyer   Choir, Chorus
Warren C. "Champ" Webb   Flute,Oboe
Kenneth Watson   Percussion,Timpani
Tyrone Walters   Oboe
Richard Castle   Trumpet
Jeremy Cave   Choir, Chorus
Raymond Clark   Cello
William R. "Bill" Cole   Choir, Chorus
Leonard Davis   Oboe
Warren Devon   Viola
Gerri Eagermann   Choir, Chorus
Margaret Eamon   Cello
Gerri Engermann   Choir, Chorus
Jeanne W. Ervics   Choir, Chorus
Helen Ewen   Viola
Timothy Fallman   Flute
Loren Stanley Farber   Choir, Chorus
Joseph Fryer   Choir, Chorus
Alanzo Garabaldi   Drums
Thomas Gillen   Drums
Philip Haig   Bassoon
Oliver Head   Cello
Desmond Heath   Violin
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Roy Huchridge   Trombone
Michael James   Cello
Benjamin Justice   Cello
Skalia Kanga   Harp
Armand Kaproff   Cello
Wolfgang Kellerman   Violin
Alexander Koltuns   Violin
William Kurasch   Violin
Norman Lederman   Violin
William A. "Bill" Lee   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Levin   Viola
Henry "Hank" Levine   Leader
Maurice Lindon   Violin
William Lockerman   Bassoon
Beverly Lough   Viola
John Thomas "Vidor" Vidusich   Violin
Thomas MacMasters   Timpani
Virginia Mancini   Choir, Chorus
Benjamin Mander   Choir, Chorus
Edmund Mander   Choir, Chorus
John Russell Mann   Choir, Chorus
Ondes Martenot   Bassoon
Ian McCloud   Viola
Ivor McMahon   Violin
Rory McWilliams   Bassoon
Bill Monro   Violin
Warren Murray   Flute
Jack Nietszche   Bassoon
Gracia A. Nitzschke   Choir, Chorus
Clive Owen   Viola
Alvin W. "Al" Vasey   Guitar
Goerge Turnlund   Viola
James M. Trexel   Drums
Curry B. Tjader   Timpani,Vibes
John Tenson   Violin
Oscar Temple   Cello
Neville Tawell   Violin
George Tannon   Violin
Sara Jane Tallman   Choir, Chorus
Marriane Stanley   Viola
Louis Sofler   Violin
William Shanklon   Viola
Frank Segal   Horn,English Horn
Louis A. Secco   Choir, Chorus
Louis "Lou" Raderman   Violin
Owen Register   Timpani
George Martimore Roberts   Trombone
Harold Schneider   Cello
Arthur Romer   Horn
Margaret Rosterman   Harp
Lillian Samson   Violin
Anna Wilson   Violin
Helen Williams   Viola
David Duke   Tuba,French Horn
Louis Morell   Guitar
Eric Bowie   Violin
Sam Eastgate   Trombone

Technical Credits

Johann Pachelbel   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Lincoln Mayorga   Arranger,Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
David Gates   Arranger
Barry McGuire   Composer
Anita Kerr   Arranger,Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer,Producer,Reissue Producer
John Addison   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Perry Botkin   Arranger
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Todd Everett   Biographical Information
Mort Garson   Arranger,Composer
Arthur Greenslade   Arranger
Eddie Habib   Producer
Eddie Karam   Arranger
Marty Paich   Composer
Tommy Morgan   Arranger
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Neely Plumb   Producer
Skip Redwine   Arranger,Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Esther Roth   Construction
Jim Pierson   Reissue Producer
François Rauber   Composer
Gérard Jouannest   Composer
Eugene Page   Arranger
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Dan Dougherty   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Louis Amade   Composer
Henry "Hank" Levine   Arranger
Edward Habib McKuen   Producer

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