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Eternity's Children


From Us Unto You: The Complete Singles




Eternity's Children CD cover Rev-Ola previously released both Eternity's Children albums plus some bonus single tracks in 2002, and are back to wrap up some loose ends with the From Us Unto You: The Complete Singles collection in 2005. There's some duplication between the two collections, but for Eternity's Children's fans, or if you missed that first lp collection, From Us Unto You is a fine way to check out this talented group of harmony sunshine popsters. Eternity's Children basically existed as two entities, the original lineup and a second lineup, both of which had their moments and are on display here.

Because of their shady dealings in the music industry which took them from the deep south to California and back again, they never really saw the fame or money they should've seen. They often ending up on the short end of the music industry's stick, but the band did leave behind a fascinating and far reaching musical legacy as they worked with Keith Olsen (from the Music Machine), Curt Boettcher (from the Millennium), Chips Moman (who worked with Sandy Posey and Elvis Presley), Gary Paxton (who worked with Kim Fowley on the Hollywood Argyles' Alley Oop), and Robin Hood Bryant (from Tyler, Texas, home of Mouse & the Traps). It's a real coup that Rev-Ola has not only reissued the two lps together, but also been able to reissue their singles and tell their story in a succinct way with their liner notes. All that's left is their "lost sessions" which Gear Fab have already reissued.

The collection starts out with some garagey tracks which were released on the small Apollo label before Linda Lawley their second lead vocalist had even joined the band. Time and Place and Can't Put a Thing Over Me are two prime slices of garage rock goodness.

Next up is the rare Eternity's Children A&M single, with the David Gates' penned Wait and See and their own Rumors, both of which are sweet harmony pop. There's also a bonus alternate version of Wait and See.

None of the these first 4 tracks were available on the Rev-Ola album collection from 2002, and all are worth checking out.

Tracks 5 through 8 were all included on the 2002 collection and were produced by Keith Olsen and Curt Boettcher. They include the best Eternity's Children song (and their only true hit), Mrs. Bluebird. An alternate edit of Mrs. Bluebird is also included (which wasn't available on the 2002 collection).

Rupert White is actually The Highly Successful Young Rupert White by the Chocolate Tunnel (which can be found on Fading Yellow Volume 6), which was augmented with the Eternity's Children's vocals over top the Chocolate Tunnel backing track. Sunshine Among Us is a fine sunshine pop nugget.

My Happiness Day, Lifetime Day and From You Unto Us were also produced by Keith Olsen and Curt Boettcher, and were featured on the 2002 collection. Fans of these guys will drool over the goodness in these tracks.

Till I Hear It from You, I Wanna Be With You, and Look Away are Gary Paxton productions and all appeared on the 2002 collection. They show the more soulful pop side of the Eternity's Children, skipping along on a pleasant soulful harmony vibe.

Sidewalks of the Ghetto, Blue Horizon, When the World Turns and Railroad Trestle in California are all Chips Moman productions which show their Memphis soul sound. Sidewalks of the Ghetto sounds like what could've happened if Elvis' background singer Sandy Posey had actually tried to emulate him, on a In The Ghetto soundalike with a Dusty Springfield inspired sound. Blue Horizon, When the World Turns, and Railroad Trestle in California keep that Memphis sound going, with guitar sitar an added bonus on When the World Turns. Railroad Trestle in California sounds like a Johnny Cymbal inspired ballad. Railroad Trestle in California is the only one of these bunch not to appear on the 2002 collection.

Alone Again, Living Is Easy and Laughing Girl were all produced by Robin Hood Bryant in Texas. Alone Again is one of the best Eternity's Children songs that acts as a precursor to the soft rock of the 70s (fittingly Linda Lawley later penned a tune for The Carpenters). Living Is Easy has a Mama Cass solo sound while Laughing Girl has a early 70s AM radio pop sound, and neither appeared on the 2002 collection.

---Patrick, August 22, 2005