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1968-1973 A Good Thing Lost [Best of]

Poppy Family Audio CD
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1. Beyond The Clouds
2. Free From The City
3. What Can The Matter Be?
4. Which Way You Goin', Billy?
5. Happy Island
6. There's No Blood In Bone
7. A Good Thing Lost
8. You Took My Moonlight Away
9. Shadows On My Wall
10. That's Where I Went Wrong
11. Where Evil Grows
12. I Was Wondering
13. Tryin'
14. Winter Milk
15. Good Friends?
16. I'll See You There
17. You Don't Know What Love Is
18. I Thought Of You Again
19. Another Year, Another Day
20. Evil Overshadows Of Joe
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Led by Susan and Terry Jacks of Seasons in the Sun fame, this Canadian Pop quartet was an early-'70s chart fixture before both the band and the Jacks' marriage split up in 1973. This first-ever compilation includes the hits Which Way You Goin', Billy?; That's Where I Went Wrong (U.S. and Canadian versions); I Was Wondering , and Where Evil Grows 21 tracks!

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3.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant trip back Dec 6 2002
By w.brown
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the voice of Susan Jacks in the early '70's. The Poppy Family's album was sent to the radio station I was working for in Houston and I had the pleasure of deciding which cuts would be played on the air. Many years and thousands of records have fogged my memory a bit but I'll never forget Susan's version of "Winter Milk". It was what we call a deep album cut because it was never promoted as a potential hit by the record company, nor was it played in heavy rotation. I fell in love with the song and Susan's beautiful, expressive voice the first time I auditioned the album, and it seems that we always got a number of calls whenever the song played from people wanting information on the song and it's singer. While it's true this cd has a number of better known songs to sell, "Winter Milk" says it all and is worth the price admission. I suppose Susan Jacks went to the island of lost rock singers when she and Terry split-very sad-she was truly special singer. This is the old disc jockey....signing off.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Canadian Talent Dec 18 2002
By John
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Why is it despite all the wonderful music Terry and Susan Jacks have recorded, our own Canadian radio stations won't play it? Even today, very few will even grudgingly play Jacks' '70s hit "Seasons in the Sun." And although that was the song that put his name on our tongues, his greater contributions were earlier in his career. These earlier recordings don't get the appreciation they deserve. But enough about Terry. Terry obviously provided invaluable contributions to the arrangements of the music, but Susan was the voice that *made* the Poppy Family. And this compilation leans heavily on pieces that showcase one of the greatest voices in Canadian popular music. Or should I say, *the* greatest? Even Terry's own "Of Cities & Escapes" (an excellent piece worthy of inclusion) is omitted from this package, presumably to make room for as much Susan as possible. Disappointing...but for a good cause, I suppose. All the important tracks are here, incl. "Good Friends" and "That's Where I Went Wrong," plus other tracks that demonstrate a versatile side of Susan's voice some may not know exists. Her performance in "There's No Blood in Bone" shows the raw and emotional grunge style she can pull off. But it is her smooth as silk mellower recordings that really make this CD shine. I love to listen to this CD on the way home in the car. As I watch people cutting each other off in traffic in their constant hurry to get where they are going to first, I hear Susan Jacks voice singing, "I was wondering if you smiled today, did you have something nice to say, or did you send out love in another way..." If you liked the one or two Poppy Family's big hits, you'll love the rest of this CD. Guarenteed. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately;A Good Thing Lost!! March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's Like Being 1970 All Over Again!...AAAAAH Reminisce And Enjoy;And That's Exactly What I Do When I Listen To Susan And Terry Jacks And The Poppy Family.Susans Voice Was Beautiful.To Me: This CD Is Great.The Songs "Which Way You Goin'Billy" And "That's Where I Went Wrong"And "Tryin" Are My Favorites..."Which Way You Goin'Billy"Was The Poppy Family's Biggest Hit In The U.S.And A Big Hit It Was!!!!Nothing Short Of "BRILLIANT" And On This CD;I Can Say The Song Never Sounded Better And I Have listened To It Many Times Over The Years.(THE POPPY FAMILY;A GOOD THING LOST:1968-1973)What More Can I Say Other Than I Love It.FINAL INTERESTING NOTE:The Beautiful Song "Tryin" Was Originally Wrote By Terry For Tammy Wynette.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your collection isn't complete without this album Jan. 30 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to Susan Jack's beautiful voice from the time she sang in a church in Haney, British Columbia. Her vocals are incredible and the the Poppy Family sound will never be recreated. I would recommend this album to anyone, young and old. Just close your eyes and drift away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A happy re-discovery Sept. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
Anyone around in 1969-1970 could hardly escape the sounds of The Poppy Family. They were played everywhere as their hit "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" soared to the top of the charts. A followup hit of "That's where I Went Wrong" didn't do as well, but it got airplay as well. After that, their single releases largely went nowhere here in the US, but those of us who remember them, do so fondly.
Buried in my large collection of LPs, it was just recently that I found both of The Poppy Family's albums. They did two: WHICH WAY YOU GOIN'BILLY and POPPY SEEDS. The first is fairly common, while the second one is much more rare. As I spun those LPs, happily re-discovering the treasures they had on them, I found a yearning to seek these tunes out on CD.
After research, I found that this collection being offered on Amazon is currently the only CD release of the great music of The Poppy Family. A GOOD THING LOST is a retrospective of the period of time in which Susan and Terry Jacks recorded together as The Poppy Family. This CD collects 10 out of 12 songs from their first album, and 6 out of 12 from their second album. In addition there's a further 5 tracks that the duo recorded -- 3 from what would've been a third album, 1 early recording, and the US single version of "That's Where I Went Wrong". It's quite a bargain and truly provides most of the best tunes these two did.
Like the Carpenters who scored most of their hits with Karen singing lead, The Poppy Family did likewise with Susan Jacks' vocals out in front. Susan's vocals are equally as expressive as Karen's, and there are times that the similarity between the two is inescapable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Stars!
A favorite of mine in the 60's and 70's. And still just as great! Susan Jacks had the most beautiful voice.
Published 6 months ago by Lorne Edward Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
I grew up with this kind of music and these old bands are are hard to find to I'll look here in the future
Published 15 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars A Goof Thin Lost
I have been looking for years for all of these songs and finally found it and all on one CD. The recording sound is excellent it was definitely worth the wait!
Published 15 months ago by D Labreche
5.0 out of 5 stars this is when music was music !!
love the tunes , some are a little funky , susans voice is a litttle haunting but such a karen carpenter voice ,love 70 % of the tunes & its sad tunes but very cool , glad i... Read more
Published 19 months ago by JAMES PIGEON
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Thing Found
Listening to the radio one day, I heard an familiar song that was beautiful, but had no idea who it was. Read more
Published on July 19 2009 by Martin A Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars nostalia
I had been searching for these songs for several years. Finally found them on Amazon. I have been enjoying them so much. Read more
Published on July 19 2009 by nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful music
I found this album in my local library and thought I'd give it a spin. Oh my god, what beautiful music. The vocals are exceptional, and the arrangements really top-notch. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2007 by Alison J. Waltch
5.0 out of 5 stars When Joey died, Marie went maaaaad.
I am so glad that I discovered this little known collection from the late 60's - early 70's. Almost every single cut, out of the 21 included, is brilliant. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by KSG
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan, Susan, Susan!
I have to admit that before buying this CD I knew next to nothing about the Poppy Family aside from the fact that they were Susan & Terry Jacks and had a U.S. Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by John A. Alfano
3.0 out of 5 stars The Carpenters on depressants, with a canadian accent
The Poppy Family's stock-in-trade was the wistful ballad sung by a female vocalist -- you could think of them as a sort of Carpenters on depressants. Read more
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