The Joup Friday Album: Emitt Rhodes

Emitt-Rhodes-Emitt-Rhodes-383053At 64, nobody needs or feeds Emitt Rhodes, whose legacy is unfairly aswim in comparisons to Mr McCartney. In this age of archeological appreciation for overlooked artists, Emitt Rhodes has come agonisingly close to being paid his long overdues but unfortunately fallen short at every opportunity. From inclusion on the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ to being the focus of a documentary dedicated to his unjustified obscurity and aimed at setting the record straight, 5 years have passed since it’s plaudit winning appearances at independent film festivals – the stars periodically align but fail to influence a wave of reappraisal.

Perpetually in the neighbourhood of greatness, Emitt grew up streets away from the Beach Boys’ Wilson brothers and was an integral member of hotly touted California band The Merry Go Round while still in his teens. At age 20 he recorded his self titled solo album alone in a home 4 track studio – practically unheard of at the time – and approached record label Dunhill who locked him into a Golden Goose garrotting deal that dictated delivery of an album every six months and would ultimately prove his undoing.

Follow ups ‘Mirror’ and the aptly titled ‘Farewell to Paradise’, while proficient, failed to capture the brilliance of this initial offering of 60s pop perfection. While a Beatles influence is undeniably evident, song-for-song Rhodes’ debut outstrips any album released by the fractured Fab Four in the same era. Meet The One Man Beatles:

What do you know, Joe?

Chester Whelks

Chester Whelks

Chester Whelks is a peripheral figure on the fringes of existence. Predominantly bothering the local music scene of his native Manchester, England, he has a very finely attuned Justice-button, and knows how to call a spade a ‘Multi-Purpose Murder/Concealment Device’.

One Response to The Joup Friday Album: Emitt Rhodes
  1. Shawn C Baker

    Shawn C Baker Reply

    This, Chester, is incredible. Again, I feel as though you and Tommy have been tuned into my trip to the Midwest, as everything you guys have been posting has dovetailed so nicely with elements of it – case in point: Dorsie really turned me onto the first couple albums by The Beatles – which I’d always kind of taken for granted. And here’s You and Mr. Rhodes, whose music seems the perfect counterpoint to the fab four’s – as you say – fractured career, the thing that always eventually pulls the rug out from under my being a Beatle-ite. Not true here; this is really, really solid. It also feels a lot more modern, while still obviously having a strong connection to the early genes of Rock and Roll. I feel like maybe while John, Paul and crew were fighting to find maturity Mr. Rhodes came into it effortlessly.

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