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Emitt Rhodes
Dunhill 50089
Released: December 1970
Chart Peak: #29
Weeks Charted: 20

Emitt RhodesThe album Emitt Rhodes can be compared with its predecessor, McCartney, in several aspects. When Emitt Rhodes entered the music scene, it went unnoticed, unpublicized and virtually unknown. But as did the McCartney album, it has slowly soared the record charts.

Another outstanding feature of this album is the fact that it consists of a one-man band. This means all instruments, vocals and songs are played and written by Emitt Rhodes. Again, we see the comparison of this album to that of Paul McCartney's.

In most cases the piano is the dominating instrument on the album; this can be seen especially in the songs: "My Face On The Floor," "She's Such A Beauty," and "Fresh As A Daisy."

Slowly but surely this album will gain the recognition it deserves, for a brilliant artist such as Emitt Rhodes cannot leave the music scene unnoticed.

- Barbara Chalawick, Hit Parader, 11/71.

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A formalist in an age of licence, Rhodes writes very tuneful rock and roll songs and overdubs all the voices and instruments in the studio, distinguishable from Paul McCartney mostly by his compulsive precision. As a believer in pop structures I approve, but as a lover of rock and roll I'm beginning to suspect that the bouncy little beat -- and probably the dinky little lyrics -- come with the package. B-

- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.

Emitt Rhodes turns in a fine performance, much in the style of Paul McCartney's first solo album. Like McCartney, Rhodes wrote all the songs, played all the instruments and recorded the album at home. There the comparison ends. Songs like "With My Face on the Floor" and "She's Such a Beauty" are the kinds of songs that pop into your head 20 years later and get you as excited as the first time you heard them. * * * *

- Jim Worbois, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.

The straight reissue of Emitt Rhodes' first solo LP is is good, with mostly sunny, upbeat tunes such as "Fresh As a Daisy" and "Live Till You Die." * * * *

- Mike Greenfield, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.

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