This low-priced disc is far & away the best single-CD compilation ever issued of the Grass Roots'' work, 16 chart singles covering every phase of their history, from 1966''s ''Where Were You When I Needed You'' (in its actual hit version) thru ''Let''s Live for Today'' & ''Midnight Confessions'' to their last hit, 1972''s ''The Runway.'' Originally released in 1996. MCA.
As a band the Grass Roots were always a shadowy bunch, a front for studio musicians and professional songwriters looking to get their songs on the radio. They scored 14 top 40 hits during their reign in the late ''60s/early ''70s and their hits were among the catchiest and most enjoyable of the AM radio era. "Let''s Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions," "Bella Linda," "Two Divided by Love," and a slew of others are shameless pop made brilliant by multilayered harmonies and arrangements that liberally borrowed from folk-rock and R&B. The Grass Roots may have been product, but what great product. --Rob O''Connor
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