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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Elephant Mountain 1969 is the Youngbloods' third long-player and marks their debut as a trio -- featuring Jesse Colin Young bass/guitar/vocals, Joe Bauer drums, and Lowell "Banana" Levinger keyboards -- after the departure of co-founder Jerry Corbitt guitar/vocals. 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. Blending affective pop
ock melodies and lyrics with their good-time jug band roots, the Youngbloods were instantly embraced by the already blossoming Bay Area music community. This effort ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Elephant Mountain 1969 is the Youngbloods' third long-player and marks their debut as a trio -- featuring Jesse Colin Young bass/guitar/vocals, Joe Bauer drums, and Lowell "Banana" Levinger keyboards -- after the departure of co-founder Jerry Corbitt guitar/vocals. 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. Blending affective pop
ock melodies and lyrics with their good-time jug band roots, the Youngbloods were instantly embraced by the already blossoming Bay Area music community. This effort contains some of the band's strongest material to date, building on the considerable momentum of their 1967 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." Banana honors his new surroundings with the gorgeous and catchy instrumental "On Sir Francis Drake" named after a heavily traveled Bay Area motorway. 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 "Rain Song Don't Let the Rain Bring You Down" is left over from Corbitt's tenure and recalls the earlier Youngbloods' sound which was more akin to the Sopwith Camel or the Lovin' Spoonful than the trio's then-current folk-rock leanings. "Trillium" is a hidden gem of a jam that examines the band's remarkably strong improvisational interaction. "Sham" is perhaps the most straightforward rocker on the album and recalls Bay Area acts like the Sal Valentino-led Stoneground. The disc concludes with the sublime "Ride the Wind" which sports a very sophisticated and slightly Latin-flavored melody. [The 2008 edition from Sundazed adds an unreleased track, "Pool Hall Song," and an alternate version of "Beautiful" as bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771625625
  • Catalog Number: 6256
  • Sales rank: 78,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Darkness, Darkness (3:50)
  2. 2 Smug (2:11)
  3. 3 On Sir Francis Drake (6:45)
  4. 4 Sunlight (3:07)
  5. 5 Double Sunlight (0:41)
  6. 6 Beautiful (3:49)
  7. 7 Turn It Over (0:15)
  8. 8 Don't Let the Rain Get You Down (3:12)
  9. 9 Trillium (3:08)
  10. 10 Quicksand (2:41)
  11. 11 Black Mountain Breakdown (0:40)
  12. 12 Sham (2:44)
  13. 13 Ride the Wind (6:41)
  14. 14 Pool Hall Song (3:04)
  15. 15 Beautiful (9:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Youngbloods Primary Artist
Jesse Colin Young Group Member
Technical Credits
Jesse Colin Young Composer
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Mickey Crofford Engineer
Bob Cullen Producer
Lowell Levinger Composer, Graphic Design, Photo Courtesy
Jud Cost Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Steve Besch Graphic Design, Photo Courtesy
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