Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Youngbloods - The Youngbloods (1967)

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The Youngbloods could not be considered a major '60s band, but they were capable of offering some mighty pleasurable folk-rock in the late '60s, and produced a few great tunes along the way. One of the better groups to emerge from the East Coast in the mid-'60s, they would temper their blues and jug band influences with gentle California psychedelia, particularly after they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. For most listeners, they're identified almost exclusively with their Top Ten hit "Get Together," but they managed several respectable albums as well, all under the leadership of singer/songwriter Jesse Colin Young.Youngs got his start on the folk circuits of Boston and New York, and had already cut a couple of solo albums before forming the Youngbloods. ... Read more
The Youngbloods - The Youngbloods (1967)
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01. Grizzly Bear
02. All Over The World (La-La)
03. Statesboro Blues
04. Get Together
05. One Note Man
06. The Other Side of This Life
07. Tears Are Falling
08. Four In The Morning
09. Foolin' Around (The Waltz)
10. Ain't that Loving You, Baby
11. C.C. Rider
The New York quartet come off as a mini-Lovin' Spoonful on their engaging debut, with a deeper touch of melancholy and more prominent electric keyboards. As with the Spoonful, they would have been better off leaving the blues alone, but the rest of the material is good, highlighted by "Get Together" and the achingly tuneful "All Over the World (La-La)."

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