Crimson & Clover (album)

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Crimson & Clover
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1968
LabelRoulette, SR 42023
ProducerTommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James and the Shondells chronology
Mony Mony
Crimson & Clover
Cellophane Symphony
Singles from Crimson & Clover
  1. "Do Something to Me"
    Released: October 1968
  2. "Crimson and Clover"
    Released: November 1968
  3. "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
    Released: June 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores

Crimson & Clover is the sixth album by Tommy James and the Shondells. It features the #1 hit "Crimson and Clover"[2] as well as the #2 hit "Crystal Blue Persuasion".[3] The album "Crimson & Clover", was released in December 1968[4] and reached a peak of #8 on the Billboard 200.

Based on suggestions from radio stations the group chose to create an extended five-and-a-half minute long version of the title song for the album. The first two verses were copied without lead vocals, and then overdubbed with guitar solos by Shondells guitarist Ed Gray using steel guitars and fuzz guitars, as well as an extended one-minute wah-wah pedal finish. During tape copying a slight speed error was inadvertently introduced. This resulted in a small drop in pitch during the new guitar solo sections, which went unfixed.[5][6]

The group had toured with Vice President Hubert Humphrey during his 1968 presidential campaign. Humphrey showed his appreciation by writing the liner notes for the Crimson and Clover album.

CD re-release[edit]

The version of Crimson and Clover on the 1991 "Crimson and Clover/Cellophane Symphony" CD is the same as the original album version; however, digital audio workstation software was used to fix the speed and pitch error made in 1968. The CD booklet states that "Crimson and Clover" is now as it was "meant to be heard," and that Tommy James is "very satisfied" with the reissue of the recordings in CD format.

Track listing[edit]

1."Crimson and Clover"Tommy James, Peter Lucia5:36
2."Kathleen McArthur"Tommy James, Mike Vale2:45
3."I'm a Tangerine"Tommy James, Peter Lucia3:38
4."Do Something to Me"Jimmy Calvert, Norman Marzano, Paul Naumann3:22
5."Crystal Blue Persuasion"Eddie Gray, Tommy James, Mike Vale4:02
6."Sugar on Sunday"Tommy James, Mike Vale3:26
7."Breakaway"Tommy James, Mike Vale2:48
8."Smokey Roads"Tommy James2:52
9."I'm Alive"Tommy James, Peter Lucia3:15
10."Crimson and Clover (reprise)"Tommy James, Peter Lucia1:03


Adapted from AllMusic.[7]

  • Eddie Gray – guitar, background vocals
  • Bill Inglot – engineer (CD remastering)
  • Tommy James – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Peter Lucia – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Ken Perry – engineer (CD remastering)
  • Ron Rosman – keyboards, background vocals
  • Michael Thom – liner notes
  • Mike Vale – bass, background vocals
  • Bruce Staple - Engineer



Year Chart Peak Position
1969 Billboard 200 8


Year Single Chart Peak Position
1968 "Do Something to Me" Billboard Hot 100 38
"Crimson and Clover" 1
1969 "Crystal Blue Persuasion" 2
Adult Contemporary


  1. ^ a b c Crimson & Clover at AllMusic
  2. ^ Tommy James and the Shondells, "Crimson and Clover" Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015
  3. ^ Tommy James and the Shondells, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015
  4. ^ James, Tommy (16 February 2010). Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells. New York: Scribner. ISBN 978-1-4391-2865-7.
  5. ^ "Crimson & Clover and Cellophane Symphony". Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  6. ^ Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells
  7. ^ "Crimson & Clover/Cellophane Symphony – Tommy James & the Shondells | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2016.

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