Although it was his fourth solo album, Song for Juli was Jesse Colin Young's first full-fledged effort under his own name, following a couple of early folk records, a series of Youngbloods albums, and the tentative Together.
Young organized a versatile backup band in which piano, violin, and horns complemented his tenor voice in arrangements that recalled Van Morrison's Caledonia Soul Orchestra (no surprise, since Young and Morrison used several of the same musicians, notably reed player Jim Rothermel) and featured familiar blues, country, and Cajun elements.
In his lyrics, Young hewed closely to the current back-to-the-land philosophy, celebrating his family life (Juli is his daughter) and his "Ridgetop" retreat in Marin County, CA. It was a viewpoint that was both self-affirming and xenophobic -- you couldn't help thinking that the people he wanted to leave him alone and the tourists he wanted to keep at bay included at least a few of his listeners.
Of course, that's not the way it was thought of at the time, and Young's fans responded strongly to Song for Juli, giving it a higher chart placing than any album the Youngbloods ever made and keeping it in the charts longer than any album he ever made.
by William Ruhlmann
1. Morning Sun - 4:04
2. Song For Juli (Suzi and Jesse Colin Young) - 4:59
3. Ridgetop - 7:02
4. Evenin' - 3:13
5. Miss Hesitation - 6:26
6. T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker) - 5:03
7. Lafayette Waltz (Clifton Chenier) - 1:45
8. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (Hank Williams) - 3:18
9. Country Home - 4:04
All songs by Jesse Colin Young except where stated
*Jesse Colin Young - Guitar, Vocals
*Suzi Young - Vocal Harmony
*David Hayes - Bass, Vocals
*Mel Martin - Baritone, Soprano, Tenor Saxophone
*Earth Quake - Harmonica
*Rick Anderson - Harmonica
*Bob Ferreira - Tenor Saxophone
*Tom Harrell - Trumpet
*Scott Lawrence - Piano, Vibes
*Gordon Messick - Trombone
*Jeff Myer - Drums
*Pat O'hara - Trombone
*Eddy Offenstein - Guitar
*Jim Rothermel - Clarinet, Flute, Alto, Soprano Saxophone
*John Tenney - Violin