Melcher, Terry

Band members                          Related acts

- Terry Melcher (RIP) -- vocals



- none known




Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Terry Melcher

Company: Reprise

Catalog: MS 2185

Year: 1974

Country/State: California

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: --

Available: SOLD

Catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

Cost: $66.00


People usually recognize Terry Melcher for one of three reasons. 1.) The fact he's the son of the late Doris Day and musician Al Jorden. 2.) His connection with the infamous Charles Manson Family (Melcher's former house was where the Manson Family killed actress Sharon Tate and others). 3.) His four decades as a producer/songwriter having worked with such acts as The Byrds, Bobby Darin, Paul Revere and the Raiders and the legendary Rising Sons. While few folks outside of the collecting arena realize it, over the years Melcher's also managed to create an extensive recording catalog. His catalog includes a number of early-'60s collaborations with Bruce Johnston (of Beach Boys fame) including Bruce and Terry, The Rip Chords and The Rogues, as well as solo performer where he's released singles as Terry Day and under the adopted Terry Melcher nomenclature (see separate entries).

For all his success, Melcher's first solo album didn't appear until 1974. Anyone hearing the cleverly-titled "Terry Melcher" for the first time could probably figure out why he waited so long. The owner of a thin, whiny voice, Melcher wasn't much of a singer. That said, his production and arranging talents provided the album with enough interesting material to warrant at least a quick spin if only for his interesting cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days" and his collaboration with Johnston "Dr. Horowitz". Unfortunately, the album was all but ignored by radio and the buying public.

"Terry Melcher" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 
2.) These Days   (Jackson Browne) 
3.) Dr. Horowitz   (Bruce Johnston - Terry Melcher) 
4.) Beverly Hills   (Terry Melcher) 
5.) These Bars Have Made a Prisoner Out of Me   (Spooner Oldham - Dan Penn) 

(side 2)

1.) Arkansas   (Black) 
2.) Stagger Lee   (Logan - Price) 
3.) 4th Time Around   (Bob Dylan) 
4.) Just a Season   (Jacques Levy - Roger McGuinn) 
5.) Medley: Halls of Justice/Positively 4th Street.   (Bob Dylan - Terry Melcher) 
6.) Old Hand Jive   (Terry Melcher) 


Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Royal Flush

Company: RCA Victor

Catalog: BEL1-0948

Year: 1976

Country/State: California

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring wear; gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 2387

Price: $20.00

Cost: $66.00


Released by Melcher's own RCA Victor's affiliated Equinox label, 1976's "Royal Flush" was challenging. Apparently intended as a concept piece, the set was built around a Western theme (gambling, girls and Mexico). Like the debut, Melcher's voice remained an acquired taste. Sounding like a cat with its tail caught in a door, or think of Neil Young at his least tuneful ("High Rollers" and "Rosarito") and you'll get a feel for what Melcher sounded like. The fact his voice was so limited probably explains why the album had an odd, muffled sound - Melcher's vocals frequently sound treated ("Down In Mexico"). While Melcher was clearly interested in scoring a commercial hit, material such as "Fire In a Rainstorm", "Take It To Mexico" and "Rebecca" sounded listless and unenthusiastic. Like it's predecessor, the collection proved a commercial nonentity. (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.)

"Royal Flush" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Fire in a Rainstorm   (Mike Hazelwood) - 3:58 
2.) L. A to Mexico   (House - Terry Melcher) - 2:50 
3.) High Rollers   (Terry Melcher) - 2:55 
4.) Down in Mexico   (Lieber - Stoller) - 4:43 
5.) Take It to Mexico (Tulsa County Blue)   (Polland) - 2:06 

(side 1)

1.) Freeway Close   (House - Terry Melcher) - 2:03 
2.) Rebecca   (Albert Hammond - Mike Hazelwood) - 3:55 
3.) Rosarito  (House - Terry Melcher) - 3:18 
4.) So Right Tonight  (Terry Melcher) - 2:14 
5.) Card Game   (Polland) - 3:38 

Throughout the late-1970s, '80s and '90s Melcher became less and less involved in production work.  Sadly, after a protracted battle against melanoma, he died in November 2004.