Monday, June 29, 2009

The Beau Brummels - Best Of (Golden Archive Series 1964-68)

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A notch or two above The Grass Roots and The Mamas and Papas, and more than a few steps below The Byrds, the early Beau Brummels took the indulgently blissful sound of '60s San Fancisco rock into a folkier, borderline country direction (and would in fact later play solid country rock). Led by guitarist/writer Ron Elliott, the Brummels made a virtue of innocence and joyful bounce, and benefited from Sly Stone's energetic production. Hits include "Laugh, Laugh," "Sad Little Girl," and a pleasant take on Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings." There may not be much substance or invention here, but 30 years later, the Brummels still sound catchy. --Roy Francis Kasten The Beau Brummels may very well have been the best rock vocal quartet to find themselves in the right place at the wrong time. Their recording career spanned the years 1964 through 1968, a time when radio air play meant just about everything and groups that couldn't be conveniently classified as rock/folk/country/whatever had a difficult time getting played. Unfortunately, the country-flavored rock style of the Brummels was too smooth and too vocally sound for them to be portrayed as "revolutionary" or "Bad-boys", so this tremendously talented foursome slogged along with moderate commercial success and a very loyal, avid group of followers.
1. Laugh, Laugh2. Still in Love With You Baby3. Just a Little4. They'll Make You Cry5. You Tell Me Why6. Don't Talk to Strangers7. In Good Time8. When It Comes to Your Love9. Sad Little Girl10. Gentle Wandering Ways11. One Too Many Mornings12. Here We Are Again13. Fine With Me14. Don't Make Me Promises15. Two Days 'Til Tomorrow16. Magic Hollow17. Are You Happy18. Deep Water
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