The Best of the Box Tops

The Best of the Box Tops

by The Box TopsThe Box Tops


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The one thing that lifts the Box Tops out of the pack of bubblegum groups that flooded AM radio in the mid- to late '60s was the blue-eyed Memphis soul voice of the then-teenaged Alex Chilton, and coupled with Dan Penn's deep South production, the group managed two memorable singles, 1967's "The Letter" and 1968's "Cry Like a Baby," along with a couple of decent near-misses, "Neon Rainbow" and "Choo Choo Train." The Box Tops' albums were mostly thrown-together affairs, however, with far more potential than execution, and although Chilton's voice is often a thing to behold, the material tended toward covers or half-realized Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham compositions. This 18-track set collects most of the group's key sides, including all of the above recordings, but the truth is, as long as you have "The Letter" and "Cry Like a Baby," you're probably set.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/1996
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886976929725
catalogNumber: 769297
Rank: 18774


  1. The Letter
  2. Neon Rainbow
  3. Happy Times
  4. Cry Like A Baby
  5. Fields Of Clover
  6. Choo Choo Train
  7. She Shot A Hole In My Soul
  8. People Gonna Talk
  9. I Met Her In Church
  10. Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March
  11. Together
  12. I Must Be The Devil
  13. Soul Deep
  14. I Shall Be Released
  15. Happy Song
  16. Turn On A Dream
  17. I See Only Sunshine
  18. You Keep Tightening Up On Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Box Tops   Primary Artist
Alex Chilton   Group Member
Bill Cunningham   Group Member
Rick Allen   Group Member
Tom Boggs   Group Member
Gary Talley   Group Member

Technical Credits

Alex Chilton   Composer
Dan Penn   Producer
Tommy Cogbill   Producer
Wayne Jackson   Horn Arrangements
Mike Leech   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Chips Moman   Producer
C. Neese   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Glen Spreen   Horn Arrangements
Mitchell Cohen   Liner Notes
Sheri G. Lee   Art Direction
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Fritts   Composer

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