The Electric Prunes (album)

The Electric Prunes, sometimes referred to as I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night), is the 1967 debut album by the American garage rock band, the Electric Prunes, released on Reprise Records. The first track, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)", was a hit and became the band's signature tune. The album also contains another notable psychedelic rock composition, "Get Me to the World on Time". The album was listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The Electric Prunes
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1967 (1967-04)[1]
StudioAmerican Recording Co., Power House, No. Hollywood, CA
ProducerDavid Hassinger
The Electric Prunes chronology
The Electric Prunes
Singles from The Electric Prunes
  1. "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)"
    Released: November 1966
  2. "Get Me to the World on Time"
    Released: March 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]

Background edit

The success of the Electric Prunes' single, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)", which charted at number 11 in the U.S. and at number 49 in the UK, prompted the band to tour more and to record adverts. The band was featured in publicity photos for the November 1967 issue of Teen Pin-Ups. They also recorded an advert for the Vox wah-wah pedal and promoted use of the equipment in the Vox Teen Beat magazine.[3] Following the band's extensive promotional campaign, a second single, "Get Me to the World on Time", was released and charted at number 27 in the U.S.[1]

With the band having a busy touring schedule, the recording of the album was hurried in an effort to cash in on their recent success. The band was already composing material for what they hoped would be an album of their own design.[4] However, much of the album's content was out of their control, as producer Dave Hassinger brought in the songwriting team of Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz. They, alone, produced seven of the 12 tracks, much to the frustration of the band. Mark Tulin and James Lowe, the band's main songwriters, were limited to just one track, the song "Luvin'".[3] The band considered some of the tracks to be filler and were disappointed in not having a choice in disclosing them. Tulin stated, "We had nothing resembling freedom, let alone total freedom, in the selection of our songs. Consequently, there are definitely songs that I do believe didn't belong on the album..."[4]

The album was released in April 1967 and charted with moderate success at number 113 on the Billboard 200.[1]

Track listing edit

Adapted from AllMusic.[1]

Side One
1."I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)"Nancie Mantz, Annette Tucker2:55
2."Bangles"Johnny Walsh2:27
3."Onie"Mantz, Tucker2:43
4."Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)"Mantz, Tucker2:21
5."Train for Tomorrow"James Lowe3:00
6."Sold to the Highest Bidder"Mantz, Tucker2:16
Side Two
7."Get Me to the World on Time"Jill Jones, Tucker2:30
8."About a Quarter to Nine"Al Dubin, Harry Warren2:07
9."The King Is in the Counting House"Mantz, Tucker2:00
11."Try Me on for Size"Jill Jones, Tucker2:19
12."The Toonerville Trolley"Mantz, Tucker2:34
Total length:29:15
CD bonus tracks
13."Ain't It Hard"Roger Tillison, Terrye Tillison2:14
14."Little Olive"Lowe2:40
Total length:34:09

Personnel edit

The Electric Prunes
  • James Lowe – lead vocals (tracks 1, 2, 5–14), autoharp, rhythm guitar, tambourine
  • Ken Williams – lead guitar
  • James "Weasel" Spagnola – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (tracks 3, 4)
  • Mark Tulin – bass guitar, piano, organ
  • Preston Ritter – drums, percussion

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Deming, Mark. The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 918. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ a b "Electric Prunes Biography".
  4. ^ a b Richie Unterberger. "Unterberger Album Review".