The Complete Ode Recordings

Peggy Lipton

RCA/Real Gone Music, 2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Lipton

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 09/16/2014

Real Gone Music has issued well over a hundred titles featuring music from by-gone eras. There have been releases by well-known and unknown artists, complete recordings an artist made for a label, long out of print albums, and a plethora of previously unreleased material. One of their latest releases falls into a couple of these of categories, but it is first and foremost a niche release as it will appeal to fans of a person, a TV show, or a time period.

Peggy Lipton is a name that may ring a bell for people from a certain era. She was one of the stars of the highly popular television series, nbtc__dv_250 Mod Squad, which ran from 1968-1973. Just as the series was debuting, Lipton released the only album of her career. That self-titled album has now been rereleased along with several singles and previously unreleased tracks under the title The Complete Ode Recordings.

Lipton has what can be described as a pretty voice, although it’s not a strong one. Producer Lou Adler made it presentable, but there are places where she is off key. It is also an album of pop material that is right out of the West Coast hippie/ flower power movement of the late 1960s.

The original album included four original compositions, five by Carole King who also sat in on piano, and two by Laura Nyro.

Lipton was actually a fairly good songwriter. Tunes such as “Let Me Pass By,” “San Francisco Glide,” and “Honey Won’t Let Me” are nice pieces of pop fluff. The Nyro and King covers do not have the gritty nature of the originals; instead, they are moved in a lighter direction here. “It Might As Well Rain Until September,” “A Natural Woman,” “Hands Off The Man,” and “Stoney End” just drift by the senses.

The eight bonus tracks are an eclectic group. Donovan’s “Wear Your Hair Like Heaven” makes her stretch vocally. Brian Wilson’s “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” may seem like an odd song choice but is one of her better performances as she places the focus on the lyrics. Laura Nyro’s “Lu” was released as a single and Lipton’s voice rises above the background.

Peggy Lipton’s music is rooted in the era in which it was created. Today, it may sound a bit dated and lightweight, but if you are a fan of one of the aforementioned niches, then this will be a fun trip back in time.

Rating: C+

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