Long Day's Flight - The Electric Prunes (1986)

'Long Day's Flight' LP Cover

Review by AMG

This 18-track compilation includes the best cuts from their first two albums, as well as a couple of non-LP singles. Pruned down to the best six or seven cuts, it would have made a ferocious EP; some of the material is simply unmemorable, as the band pounds away in a sub-Stones bluesy fuzz style in the mode of the Standells or Chocolate Watch Band. Besides the two hits, there are a few first-rate cuts that meld garage pop to inspired psychedelic production, like "Train for Tomorrow", "Hideaway", "Long Day's Flight", "You Never Had It Better", "Sold to the Highest Bidder" (featuring an organ made to sound like a balalaika), and their cover of Goffin/King's "I Happen to Love You". -- Richie Unterberger, All-Music Guide

'Long Day's Flight' LP Reverse Cover


Side 1

1. Ain't It Hard (R. & T. Tillison)

2. Little Olive (J. Lowe)

3. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (Tucker / Mantz)

4. Luvin' (Lowe / Tulin)

5. Get Me To The World On Time (Tucker / Jones)

6. Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less) (Tucker / Mantz)

7. Bangles (J. Walsh)

8. Train For Tomorrow (Lowe / Tulin / Williams / Spangola / Ritter)

9. Sold To The Highest Bidder (Tucker / Mantz)

Side 2

1. Try Me On For Size (Tucker / Jones)

2. Dr. Do-Good (Tucker / Mantz)

3. Hideaway (Lowe / Tulin)

4. The Great Banana Hoax (Lowe / Tulin)

5. Children Of Rain (Williams / Williams)

6. Antique Doll (Tucker / Mantz)

7. I Happen To Love You (Goffin / King)

8. Long Day's Flight ('Til Tomorrow) (Weakley / Yorty)

9. You Never Had It Better (P. Snagster / R. Schwartz / S. Poncher)


James Lowe - Vocals, Autoharp, Rhythm Guitar, Tambourine, Harmonica
Mark Tulin - Bass Guitar, Piano, Organ
Ken Williams - Lead Guitar, Effects
Weasel Spangola - Rhythm Guitar
Preston Ritter / Quint - Drums, Percussion

Produced by : Dave Hassinger

Recorded at : American Recording Company

Chief Electrical Engineer : Richie Podolor

Assistant Electrician : Bill Cooper

Initial Spark : Barbara Harris

String and Brass Arrangements : Perry Botkin Jnr.

Sleeve Note : Brian Hogg

Design : Phil Smee

The Electric Prunes advertising Vox equipment
as shown on the reverse cover of 'Long Day's Flight'

Back Left : Ken Williams
Back Middle : Jim Lowe
Back Right : Mark Tulin
Front Left : 'Weasel' Spangola
Bottom Right : Preston Ritter