7-CD box (LP-size) with 104-page hardcover book, 195 tracks. Playing time approx. 538 mns.
Who was the most commercially successful American poet/singer-songwriter of the 20th century? The answer is: Rod McKuen, Now, for the first time anywhere, his complete 1960s RCA Victor recordings are compiled in a lavish boxed set of 7 compact discs.
These 192 recordings represent Rod McKuen at the peak of his mid-to-late 1960s popularity and include his Gold album Listen To The Warm. Features dozens of previously unissued performances. Most tracks never-before-released on compact disc anywhere. Contains Rod's acclaimed English adaptations and collaborations with Jacques Brel, such as Seasons In The Sun and If You Go Away, the latter recently named as 'Song of The Century.'
In addition to his enormous success in America, Rod Mckuen has established himself as an international star in England (where he has hosted his own BBC-TV series), Australia, the Netherlands, France, South Africa and numerous other countries.
Rod McKuen's three dozen books of poetry have been published in eleven languages, sold 65 million copies, and placed him securely among the most popular poets of all time. He's also worked as a rodeo cowboy, lumberjack, and B-movie actor.
'If You Go Away' concentrates on four fruitful years of McKuen's recording and songwriting career. Since the 1950s, he estimates, more than 200 albums have been released under his name, and selections from his catalog of more than 1,500 compositions have been recorded by singers including Ray Charles, Petula Clark, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra. This collection gathers Rod's six original albums for RCA Victor, released between 1965-'68, plus an incredible lode of unreleased master and alternate takes, demos, and even a few 'live' recordings.
Included are Rod Mckuen's own versions of such now-standard original compositions, translations and poems as If You Go Away, The World I Used To Know, A Cat Named Sloopy, Love's Been Good To Me,
I'm Strong But I Like Roses, and Seasons In The Sun. You'll hear duets with Glenn Yarbrough and Don Ho; and songs written especially for (though never recorded by) The Beach Boys and
SSgt. Barry Sadler.
The enclosed album-sized hardcover book includes an essay by Todd Everett and track-by track comments by Rod himself, discussing the material on the album; plus quotes from past and present associates as varied as Yarbrough and comic Phyllis Diller, both important figures in establishing Rod's career; and numerous photographs and other treasures from Rod's personal archives.