Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beau Brummels - Beau Brummels (1975 us, beautiful folk country rock)

After The Beau Brummels dissolved in 1968 following their swan song, Bradley's Barn, it was doubtful that we'd ever hear from the band again, despite their individual and collective brilliance. The group did somehow reunite in 1975, however, for this fine and somewhat understated album. 

The band's weaving of folk, country,  and pop stylings hadn't really changed that much from their prime in the mid- to late '60s. Ron Elliot has several superb songs on here, notably "Tennessee Walker" and the excellent album closer, "Today by Day," which is sung by Sal Valentino in his most soulful and intense style. 

Unfortunately, the group's appeal was probably lost in the mid-'70s arena rock world, and precious few people bought the record. This, however, does not take anything away from a record that, for all intents and purposes, was one of the most successful "reunion" projects of its time. 
by Matthew Greenwald
1. You Tell Me Why - 3:15
2. First In Line (Elliott, Engle) - 2:59
3. Wolf - 2:23
4. Down To The Bottom (Elliott, Engle) - 3:24
5. Tennessee Walker - 3:14
6. Singing Cowboy - 3:17
7. Goldrush (Elliott, Engle) - 3:20
8. The Lonely Side - 4:34
9. Gate Of Hearts - 3:00
10.Today By Day (Elliott, Engle) - 2:36
All songs by Ron Elliott except where stated.

Beau Brummels
*Sal Valentino - Vocals
*Ron Meagher - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
*Declan Mulligan - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
*John Petersen - Drums
*Ron Elliott - Guitar, Vocals
*Victor Feldman - Percussion
*Mark T. Jordan - Piano
*Mark Wilson Jordan - Piano
*Dan Levitt - Banjo, Guitar
*Ronnie Montrose - Lead Guitar On "Down To The Bottom"
*Nick Decaro - String Arrangements

1965  Introducing The Beau Brummels (Sundazed edition)
1966  Beau Brummels' 66 (Japan edition)
Related Act
1970  Ron Elliott - The Candlestickmaker

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