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THE BOXTOPS ... " The Letter / Neon Rainbow " ... Bell Records 6011. 1967 Rock & Roll. Stereo. Vinyl VG, some noise. Cover VG+.The Box Tops were a Memphis rock group of the second half of the 1960s. They are best known for the hits "The Letter", "Cry Like A Baby", and "Soul Deep" and are considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period. They performed a mixture of current soul music songs by artists such as James and Bobby Purify and Clifford Curry, pop tunes such as "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum, and songs written by their producers, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, and Chips Moman. Vocalist Alex Chilton went on to front the powerpop band Big Star and to launch a career as a solo artist, during which he occasionally performed songs he had sung with the Box Tops. The Box Tops' music combined elements of soul music and light pop. Their records are prime examples of the styles made popular by Moman and Penn at American Sound Studio in Memphis. Many of their lesser known Top 40 hits, including "Neon Rainbow", "I Met Her in Church", and "Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March", are considered minor classics. As rock critic Lester Bangs wrote in a review of the group's Super Hits album, "A song like 'Soul Deep' is obvious enough, a patented commercial sound, yet within these strictures it communicates with a depth and sincerity of feeling that holds the attention and brings you back often." __The Letter/Neon Rainbow is an album by American blue-eyed soul band Box Tops, released in 1967. Following "The Letter" reaching number one on the singles charts, The Letter/Neon Rainbow was quickly assembled for a follow up. The album peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1968.Track listing 1."The Letter" (Wayne Carson Thompson) " 1:55 2."She Knows How" (Thompson) " 3:08 3."Trains and Boats and Planes" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) " 3:48 4."Break My Mind" (John D. Loudermilk) " 2:29 5."A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid) " 4:34 6."Everything I Am" (Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn) " 2:20 7."Neon Rainbow" (Thompson) " 3:04 8."People Make the World" (Bobby Womack) " 2:31 9."I'm Your Puppet" (Oldham, Penn) " 2:54 10."Happy Times" (Oldham, Penn) " 1:46 11."Gonna Find Somebody" (Womack) " 3:02 12."I Pray for Rain" (Oldham, Penn) " 2:26 _From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia _Part of a batch of my old records that I've listed, that while not perfect, still sound pretty good and are a lot of fun to listen to. I'm not asking much for these, simply because you may hear a little crackle/noise on some cuts. You know what I mean. It's not like they've got scratches and dings all over them, because they don't. Collectors looking for perfection at yard sale prices, please pass...unless you simply want to relive some old memories by listening to some great tunes.******* IMPORTANT ****** Please Read >>>> Vinyl Grading. I use GOLDMINE: STANDARD CATALOG OF AMERICAN RECORDS for grading guidelines. Therefore, NM (Near Mint) will not be seen unless the album is still in original shrinkwrap. Most all of the albums and covers I sell will be VERY GOOD + (or) VERY GOOD. Here are Goldmine's defintions of those two classifications. Verbatim in part. VG+ VINYL > may show some slight sign of wear, including light scuffs or very light scratches that do not affect the listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are okay. Minor signs of handling are okay, too, such as telltale marks around the center hole. There may be some very light ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. VG+ COVERS > are close to their near mint counterparts. Only close. A cover may be marred by a cutout marking (cut corner, small hole punch, a cut in the spine) or promotional stamp. There may be some slight signs of handling, such as light creasing in the corners. There may be slight signs of wear at the most vulnerable areas, even a bit of ring wear. But all in all, except for a few minor imperfections, this should be a very nice copy. VG VINYL > have more obvious flaws. They may lack some of the original factory gloss. Groove wear may be evident, as well as light scratches. When played, a VG record will porbably have some surface noise, especially at the beginning of a song and at the end. But the noise will not overpower the music. You may run into an audible surface scratch, but will not be a major detraction from the music. Minor writing, tape, or a sticker may detract from the label. But overall, the record will still remain a fine listening experience, just not the same as if the record was in better condition. VG COVERS > have more signs of wear, such as minot seam splits, most common at the bottom center, middle of the spine, and the upper and lower right where the record is removed from the cover. These will not be overwhelming, and can be neatly repaired. Also, minor writing, tape, or stickers may detract from the cover. Visible ringwear will be more evident. There could be minor scuffing or cut out markings.Though a VG cover will still be pleasing to the eye, there's no way it could pass as new. FAIR or POOR vinyl I usually throw away, unless it's rare. FAIR or POOR covers may sometimes be sold, but only if the vinyl is still very good, and the album itself is considered collectable. I usually price this kind of quality very low. ************Please, don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any. It is NOT an inconvenience to me. 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