Although the band initially formed out of the early '60s Northeast folk scene, by the time this set was issued they had relocated to the pastoral Northern California county of Marin. This effort contains some of the band's strongest material to date, building on the considerable momentum of their self-titled release and further enhanced by their remarkable instrumental capabilities.
Young 's contributions are particularly notable as he vacillates between the edgy and electric "Darkness, Darkness" to the light and earthy "Sunlight" and "Ride the Wind," or the bouncy tales "Smug" and "Beautiful.
On this cut the textural combination of electric piano and harpsichord provides a jazzy counterbalance to Young 's propulsive basslines and Bauer 's nimble drumming. The disc concludes with the sublime "Ride the Wind" which sports a very sophisticated and slightly Latin-flavored melody. Davmoco likes this. Between the second and third album, Jerry Corbit, the lead guitarist and songwriter, departed the band, leaving Jesse Colin Young to take the reins as de facto leader.
While the song is remarkably different from most of their earlier material, it seems to fit nicely with this new identity. Despite the somber title and subject matter, the song sounds happy and idyllic and uses vocal studio effects common with this bubblegum pop-style of music. Even on earlier albums, it was evident that these musicians were talented instrumentalists, but on Elephant Mountain they really show their colors.
For those that might be thinking that The Youngbloods seem to have lost touch with their folksy roots——do not fear. The Youngbloods perform a variety of very solid tunes that would be much more likely to attract fans of their traditional music. The album starts with a nice layer of folk rock and then incorporates these new sounds and styles throughout the album. When all is said and done, Elephant Mountain is a solid third album, worthy of picking up at your next visit to the record store.
These men obviously love what they're doing, and their music is knocking them out as much as it does us… Suffice to say that this is an album that you'll come back to again and again, and that the Youngbloods are three non-bullsh t musical workmen with a genuine feeling for the textures of life and sound. May they have a long life together.
Thus new one from his upcoming LP It was peculiar because side one contained five previously unreleased Youngbloods tracks from the mid-'60s, recorded prior to their deal with RCA, while side two was devoted entirely to solo Jesse Colin Young recordings, all of which had appeared on his second LP, 's Young Blood originally issued on Mercury. Most likely Mercury was trying to exploit their Youngbloods -related vault holdings in the wake of the group's huge success with the "Get Together" single.
As it happens, however, it wasn't a purely exploitative exercise, since the five tracks on side one are fine original songs all but one by Young that show the band's sound fully formed. The six solo Young tracks on side two are also very good, and though they're folkier and less fully arranged than the Youngbloods material, they're pretty advanced for in their early if tentative folk-rock fusion.
The Young cuts, admittedly, are better heard in the context of the full Young Blood album, which has a few songs not included on this LP. Yet the Youngbloods ' electric rock version of "Rider" from Two Trips -- which is an entirely different recording than the acoustic folk version of the song Young put on Young Blood -- is not on that CD, so the Two Trips LP remains desirable to completists for that one track. Location: Youngstown, Ohio. As I said earlier in the thread when I jumped the gun on this album viewing its tracks chronologically by recording date rather than by the release date of the album , "Hey Babe" and "Sometimes" are the equal of just about anything on the first two RCA albums, and show what a magical combination Jesse Colin Young and Jerry Corbitt could be.
Euphoria is recommended because it does a good job of culling the best tracks from the three RCA LPs though I wish they had chosen "Tears Are Falling" from the first one. This is a Corbitt song, not his greatest, but still worthy. Check out thousands of independent 5 star reviews about us We're always on the phone to answer questions and help with any orders, Monday through Saturday. We reply to emails in minutes and hours, not days.
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Streams Videos All Posts. This engaging set features a fine mix of classic material from their s recordings for RCA, a couple of songs unavailable on their albums and an enticing preview of their forthcoming album at the time, Rock Festival , which was released on the band's fledgling Raccoon Records label just four days after this performance. The band's distinctive brand of feel-good music was still very much intact in , but they were also splintering.
Following the departure of lead guitarist Jerry Corbitt in , The Youngbloods had continued as a trio for a year, but with Jesse Colin Young unsatisfied playing bass and Banana taking over as primary soloist on keyboards and guitar, another member was needed. This not only freed up Young to concentrate on vocals and acoustic guitar on stage, but also helped facilitate new material being added to the live repertoire.
Beautiful Jesse Colin Young. Related Artists:. Not surprisingly this performance wraps up with their one big hit, the Dino Valenti-penned brotherhood anthem that will forever loom large in The Youngbloods' legacy, "Get Together. Material that would never make a Youngbloods album is also included, in the form of Jesse Colin Young's "Sweet Little Child" and "High On A Ridgetop" Album), despite being the title song of their final album, was not issued on the actual album. Posted by Marios at AM. Drifting and Drifting LP shipping. Jesse Colin Young. Used: An item that has been used previously.
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