Marrying Maiden

Marrying Maiden

by It's a Beautiful Day
     
 

The second long-player from It's a Beautiful Day is an exceedingly more pastoral effort than the band's self-titled debut. As many of the Bay Area groups -- most notably the Grateful Dead with Workingman's Dead and AmericanSee more details below

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The second long-player from It's a Beautiful Day is an exceedingly more pastoral effort than the band's self-titled debut. As many of the Bay Area groups -- most notably the Grateful Dead with Workingman's Dead and American Beauty -- had begun to do, the band realigns its sound from the dark psychedelia and proto-prog of its earlier works and into a lighter and earthier country-flavored rock. Marrying Maiden does, however, continue highlighting both the sextet's stellar instrumental proficiencies as well as vocals -- featuring the entire band -- throughout. "Don and Dewey," the album's opener, is a hot-steppin' spotlight for David LaFlamme's classically trained violin work. Presumably, the tune is an ode to the late-'50s/early-'60s R&B duo of the same name. The track has distinct hints of the concurrent contributions that LaFlamme had been making in an incipient incarnation of Dan Hick & His Hot Licks. It likewise sets the tenor for the remainder of the disc's down-home feel. The cover of folkie Fred Neil's "The Dolphins" is notable for Fred Webb's honky tonk piano fills and LaFlamme's vocals, recalling some of the earliest New Riders of the Purple Sage sides. One of the more solidly unifying factors linking the NRPS and It's a Beautiful Day is the guest appearance by Jerry Garcia, who is featured on two numbers. As he had done on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children," Garcia lends a few distinct pedal steel guitar riffs to the perky "It Comes Right Down to You." The track also features former Charlatan Richard Olsen on, of all things, clarinet. Another sign of the times is the pickin' and grinnin' on the appropriately titled "Hoedown" -- on which Garcia adds some fiery banjo fretwork.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/1994
Label:
San Francisco Sound
UPC:
0099902480027
catalogNumber:
4800

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

It's a Beautiful Day   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Guitar
David LaFlamme   Flute,Violin,Vocals
Sid Page   Violin
Val Fuentes   Drums,Vocals
Mitchell Holman   Bass,Harmonica,Vocals
Richard Olsen   Clarinet
Pattie Santos   Percussion,Vocals
Hal Wagenet   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Webb   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

David LaFlamme   Composer
Matthew Katz   Producer
Bruce Steinberg   Art Direction,Cover Design
Hal Wagenet   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Hal   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer

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