Dirty Water is the second studio album by the American rock band the Standells, released in May 1966. The majority of the album was recorded in the midst of touring in a two-day session in April 1966 at Audio Recording in Seattle, Washington, the same studio where The Sonics recorded their debut album.
The song "Dirty Water" was written by the album's producer, Ed Cobb. Its Boston and Charles River references are reportedly based on an experience that Cobb and his girlfriend had with a mugger in Boston in the mid-1960s Prior to this album, The Standells had only released three singles and a live album: The Standells in Person at . Dirty Water would become the band's best-selling LP, peaking at on the Billboard charts,. A CD version of the album, released in 1994, deletes "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White" (as it was also included on the band's follow-up album), and adds six more songs:. 10. "Batman" (Neil Hefti) – 3:04 11. "It's All in Your Mind" (Ed Cobb) – 2:38 12.
Album · 1965 · 19 Songs. 19. Dirty Water (Stereo). 19 Songs, 52 Minutes. Released: 31 Dec 1965. More By The Standells.
In spite of the fact that the Standells were in California, this song is about the city of Boston and Boston Harbor and Charles River, which were notoriously polluted at the time. This was their first hit single. The line, "Frustrated women have to be in by 12 o'clock" refers to the curfew observed by Boston University co-eds at the time.
Written-By – Ed Cobb. B1. Pride & Devotion. Written-By – Larry Tamblyn. Dirty Water (LP, Album, Mono). Dirty Water (LP, Album).
The single of Dirty Water was recorded in 1965 and the Standells album, Dirty Water, was recorded in 1966. So Ed Cobb flew up to Seattle where we recorded the Dirty Water album. We did the Standells first album in about three days and it was probably a four track studio. We were presented with a lot of the songs by local artists like Jim Valley, who wrote Little Sally Tease and eventually joined Paul Revere & the Raiders.
In 1997, "Dirty Water" was decreed the "official victory anthem" of the Red Sox, and is played after every home victory won by the Boston Red Sox. Also, in 1997 two Boston area music-related chain stores celebrated their joint 25th anniversary by assembling over 1500 guitarists, plus a handful of singers and drummers, to perform "Dirty Water" for over 76. minutes at the Hatch Shell adjacent to the Charles River .
Along with Why Pick on Me, this was the group's strongest album, although you're always better off with a greatest hits collection. There Is a Storm Comin'" and "Pride and Devotion" are a couple of strong numbers that don't make it onto compilations, and "Rari, " the moody B-side of "Dirty Water, " tis one of their best little-known tracks
|A2||Little Sally Tease|
|A3||There Is A Storm Comin'|
|A4||19th Nervous Breakdown|
|B1||Pride & Devotion|
|B2||Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White|
|B3||Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?|
|B4||Why Did You Hurt Me|
- Distributed By – WMD
- Pressed By – MPO
- Printed By – Montreuil Offset
- Mastered At – Parelies Audio Visuel
- Arranged By – Dick Dodd, Ed Cobb, Gary Lane , Larry Tamblyn, Tony Valentino
- Bass, Vocals – Gary Lane
- Drums, Vocals – Dick Dodd
- Engineer [Consultant] – Kearney W. Barton*, Tom May
- Guitar, Vocals – Tony Valentino
- Lacquer Cut By – T1*
- Organ, Vocals – Larry Tamblyn
- Photography By – Roland Young
- Producer – Ed Cobb
NotesLate '80s French official reissue from Eva Records.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 3 383006 416837
- Matrix / Runout (Label A): EVA 12083 A
- Matrix / Runout (Label B): EVA 12083 B
- Matrix / Runout (Runout A, etched): EVA 12083 LP A T1△ PARELIES MPO
- Matrix / Runout (Runout B, etched): EVA 12083 LP B T1△ PARELIES MPO
- Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
- Distribution Code: WM 119
|T 5027||The Standells||Dirty Water (LP, Album, Mono)||Tower||T 5027||US||1966|
|ST 5027||The Standells||Dirty Water (LP, Album)||Sparton||ST 5027||Canada||1966|
|T 5027, T-5027||The Standells||Dirty Water (LP, Album, Mono)||Tower, Tower||T 5027, T-5027||US||1966|
|T 5027, PP 04612||The Standells||Dirty Water (LP, Album)||Tower, Pegasus Productions||T 5027, PP 04612||France||1988|
|ST-5027, ST 5027||The Standells||Dirty Water (LP, Album, Los)||Tower, Tower||ST-5027, ST 5027||US||1966|