Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jesse Colin Young ‎– Together (1972 us, marvelous folk psych bluesy rock)

Made while the Youngbloods were still together, Jesse Colin Young's first solo album since 1965's Young Blood was a busman's holiday on which he played favorite songs from a variety of genres -- '50s rock & roll (Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little 16"), country (the Dave Dudley hit "6 Days on the Road"), folk-blues (Mississippi John Hurt's "Creole Belle"), Chicago blues (the Butterfield Blues Band song "Born in Chicago"), and folk (Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty"). 

Having covered those bases, Young also introduced some timely originals, such as "Peace Song," an anti-war anthem, and "Good Times," which was very reminiscent of the rustic sound Van Morrison had found recently on such albums as Tupelo Honey. It all made for an enjoyable, if unambitious album that reached the charts for several weeks, which inspired Young to give the Youngbloods notice and, after one more album and tour with them, relaunch his solo career full-time. 
by William Ruhlmann
1. Good Times - 4:22
2. Sweet Little Child - 3:00
3. Together - 4:55
4. Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry) - 3:09
5. Peace Song - 4:34
6. Six Days On The Road (Earl Green, Carl Montgomery) - 3:10
7. It's A Lovely Day - 3:13
8. Creole Belle (John Hurt) - 2:07
9. 6000 Miles (Mercy Dee Walton) - 3:50
10.Born In Chicago (Nick Gravenites) - 2:40
11.Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie, Traditional) - 4:10
All songs by Jesse Colin Young except where stated

*Jesse Colin Young - Bass, Guitar,Sax Tenor, Alto Sax, Vocals
*Suzi Young - Vocals
*Rick Anderson - Harmonica
*Pete Childs - Dobro
*Jerry Corbitt - Vocals
*Scott Lawrence - Piano
*Jeff Myer - Drums
*Eddy Offenstein - Guitar
*Rev. Ron Stallings - Horn, Saxophone
*John Wilmeth - Horn

Jesse Colin Young releases
1973  Song For Juli (2009 remaster)
1974  Light Shine
1976  On The Road (Japan remaster)
with The Youngbloods
1967/69  The Youngbloods / Earth Music / Elephant Mountain 
1969  Elephant Mountain (Sundazed expanded)
1971  Beautiful! Live In San Francisco (Sundazed edition)
1972  High On A Ridge Top (Sundazed remaster)

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