Sunday, December 3, 2006

Spanky & our Gang - Like to get to Know You - `68

hey all :

ok , as promised here is the 2nd full length LP from Spanky & our gang , "like to get to know you".
this is prob my 2nd fave by them.
california sunshine pop at its finest !
transferred from the original wax by da` shaman.

MP3 @ 320 KBPS - 65 MB - includes high rez front & back cover scans

enjoy !

Review :

Spanky & Our Gang had been unhappy with various aspects of their self-titled debut album, and as a result they recruited two new producers, Stuart Scharf and Bob Dorough, who were more in sympathy with how the group actually sounded. Recorded somewhat on the fly, Like to Get to Know You was the first album to reflect what the group considered their own sound, and was harder-rocking, bluesier, and more inventive in its folk stylings than anything on their debut album. The mix of sounds was actually quite startling in its own time and is engaging even 30 some years later, with various top New York and Los Angeles-based session musicians and a cadre of Chicago bluesmen adding their talents to the band's core instrumentalists. Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane gives convincing and honest performances, and Lefty Baker acquits himself well as a singer. The group opens new vocal territory on the six-part harmony "Sunday Morning," and they do arguably the best cover ever of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," which dazzles with its tempo changes and the sheer variety of timbres employed. Side two of the original album was actually a prelude to their next LP, containing elements of conceptual rock and made up of songs that segue thematically from one to another. As an album, Like to Get to Know You was of its time, a conceptual record that was finely executed and fascinating to hear; it was perhaps taken a little less seriously, given the image of Spanky & Our Gang for light pop/rock. It's worth rediscovering, either on the original vinyl or on the 1999 Japanese-imported CD. -- AMG

  • 1. The Swingin' Gate
  • 2. Prescription For The Blues
  • 3. Three Ways From Tomorrow
  • 4. My Bill
  • 5. Sunday Mornin'
  • 6. Echoes (Everybody's Talkin')
  • 7. Suzanne
  • 8. Stuperflabbergasted
  • 9. Like To Get To Know You / Chick-A-Ding-Ding
  • 10. Stardust / Coda (Like To Get To Know You)

download -- here --


master3d said...


I always thought "Sunday Morning" was originally nearly 6 minutes long?

One of the best of series for Spanky & Our Gang had the full version.

akashaman said...


ya , the full version is on the "greatest hits" LP , i have that as well & will try & get it up soon too !


Anonymous said...

thanks for the great post on Spanky & Our Gang...i had all these on lps way back when and it is so good to rediscover them...thanks so very much again..keep up the great work it is really appreciated...norsevarg

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for posting this record!

I'd really love to be able to download this, but I seem to be having trouple with the link.

The other two S&OG LP's work just fine, but I get a strange error message from when attempting to grab this one.

Would it be at all possible to reupload or double check the dl link to ensure there aren't any problems?

I'd really, really, really appreciate it!

Thanks again for all the great music, your blog is my fave on the web!


Anonymous said...

Strange - after multiple tries without success... it's now working!

Please ignore my previous post, really glad to be able to grab this!

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

thanks, great blog, sunshine pop!!!

Anonymous said...

This one doesn't work. The other 2 do! :(

J_Mateo said...
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J_Mateo said...

Sweet post.... i have one of their albums "anything you choose without rhyme or reason"

If anyone would like me to share just respond to me. I'm following any comments left on this page.

J_Mateo said...

Can anyone recommend any music that is similar to this group.

Pretty much IM looking for something directly related to Spanky & Our Gang. I love what that do!


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