FORGOTTEN MUSIC #23: Too Much to Dream – Original Group Recordings: Reprise 1966-1967 By The Electric Prunes

Listeners of a certain age will certainly remember the buzzing introduction of “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.” The Electric Prunes only had a couple of hits, but those songs somehow stay in the memory bank despite the years. The Electric Prunes other hit, “Get Me To the World On Time,” which also possesses an infectious, hippy-dippy charm. This 2-CD collection brings together all the essential music of The Electric Prunes. If you want a walk down Memory Lane, this is the collection that will guide you there.
1. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
2. Bangles
3. Onie
4. Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoy It Less)
5. Train For Tomorrow
6. Sold To The Highest Bidder
7. Get Me To The World On Time
8. About Quarter To Nine
9. King Is In The Counting House
10. Luvin’
11. Try Me On For Size
12. Toonerville Trolley
13. Ain’T It Hard
14. Little Olive
15. World Of Darkness (Outtake) (Bonus Track)
16. I’Ve Gotta A Way Of My Own (Outtake) (Bonus Track)
17. Luvin’ (Single/Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
18. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (Single/Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
19. Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoy It Less) (Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
20. Get Me To The World On Time (Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
21. Vox Wah Wah Pedal Radio Spot (Hidden Track) (Bonus Track)
22. Great Banana Hoax
23. Children Of The Rain
24. Wind-Up Toys
25. Antique Doll
26. It’S Not Fair
27. I Happen To Love You
28. Dr Do-Good
29. I
30. Hideaway
31. Big City
32. Captain Glory
33. Long Day’S Flight
34. Everybody Knows (You’Re Not It Love)
35. You’Ve Never Had It Better
36. Shadows
37. Dr Do-Good (Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
38. Hideaway (Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
39. Wind-Up Toys (Mono Version) (Bonus Track)
40. Great Banana Hoax (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track) (Previously Unreleased)
41. Long Day’S Flight (Mono Version) (Bonus Track) (Previously Unreleased)

14 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN MUSIC #23: Too Much to Dream – Original Group Recordings: Reprise 1966-1967 By The Electric Prunes

  1. Deb

    I love “Too Much to Dream.” During my teens, one of my prized possessions was a copy of the “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” LP (along with the first Jefferson Airplane album–the one with Signe Anderson and not Grace Slick), which my Dad had found in an old house he was helping to renovate and brought home to me rather than throw in the dumpster. Both albums were in excellent condition–and this was the mid-1970s–so I wonder who owned them and why they were in an abandoned house a decade after release.

    Alas, both LPs, along with all the rest of my vinyl, are long gone–donated to the Goodwill to make room in our house. But thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    1. george Post author

      I hang out on Memory Lane a lot, Deb. Yes, The Electric Prunes and the Jefferson Airplane shared the same musical era although the Airplane (later Starship) lasted a lot longer. Curious story about those LPs in that abandoned house. That sounds like something Patti could turn into a short story.

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    I must admit that “I Had Too Much to Dream” is the only song of theirs I remember at all. That was a real trip (accurate word!) down memory lane.

    Now the Airplane is another story. I remember going to see them in a very, very long concert (there was a Hot Tuna set in there somewhere) when Grace Slick was heavily pregnant – which would make it late in 1970. Someone tossed her a teddy bear for the baby and she, gracious as ever, fired it back at him.

    1. george Post author

      I had a giant crush on Grace Slick back in the Sixties, Jeff. Later, I learned she could be “moody.” That cooled my ardor.

    1. george Post author

      I remember that Grace Slick left the Jefferson Starship, then came back a few years later, Jeff. I remember one of their later LPs stating “Introducing Grace Slick” as a joke.

  3. Scott Cupp

    The Electric Prunes are still one of my fsvorite groups along with the Airplane. I have all their records and converted the two classical/religious albums into a CD years ago. Also have some DVDs of their TV work. Thanks, George, for bringing them up today.

  4. Stan Burns

    Man, I saw them years ago along with Moby Grape and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy (not at the same time), and more mainstream groups like Airplane and Big Brother and Blue Cheer. When I was at SC in the late 60s every weekend they had a concert at the Shrine Auditorium (it was very seedy in those days) which was about 8 blocks up the street. Janis Joplin was awesome in person, The Moody Blues were awful (they were a studio band) but Cream (in those days they were Fresh Cream) was just amazing. B B King and his signing guitar, and lots of groups whose name I can’t remember . . .

    Great days!


    1. george Post author

      Glad this Electric Prunes posting took you down Memory Lane, Stan! I would have loved to Janis Joplin live! I did see Cream when they performed in Milwaukee in the late Sixties. Amazing is right!

  5. Richard R.

    I had the first album and nearly played the grooves off it. Only about four songs I really, really liked, but I tolerated the rest to hear those over and over. The second album wasn’t as good.

    I had Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow album, and played that on into the ground as well, especially loving ‘White Rabbit” and “3/5 of a Mile”. I have it on CD now.

    Stan – Man, I went to the Shrine a bunch back then too! I also saw Electric Prunes there, and Moby Grape, as well as CTA (later Chicago), Love and others. Yep, it was seedy then, but had a certain charm, and the air was perfumed… Good, good times.


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