AMMO - Can't
Smile Without You 1966-1977 (SJPCD378)
Still, 1968's "Another Day
Goes By" arrestingly anticipates the next decade's easy listening, if
moving, approach which reach a soulful silkiness in "Is It Yes Or No"
and harks back to THE PLATTERS with "Three Wishes". One may wish AMMO
continued as a unit longer than they did, but they did enough to be
praised as genuine masters of their craft: here's the proof.
This 2-CD set includes
original versions of songs that became worldwide hits, as well as
unreleased demos and tracks that the band released under the names
Butterscotch and Arnold, Martin, Morrow from their most creative years
of 1966 to 1977.
Much of it comes as a result of a recently discovered cache of recordings - and there are some previously unreleased tracks amid the A and B-sides of singles and other cuts. The running time of two hours encompasses both effervescently breezy and reflectively maudlin songs mostly written and performed by themselves under their own names, or as the group Butterscotch. Two of the tracks also feature Tony Burrows, the king of session singers during the late 60s and early 70s.
The Beat (February 2012)