Artist: The Youngbloods
Genre: 60’s rock/pop
Title: First Album
Musicians: Jesse Colin Young – bass, guitar, vocals, Jerry Corbitt – guitar, harmonica, vocals, Lowell Levinger – lead guitar, piano, finger cymbals, pedal steel guitar, vocals
Joe Bauer – drums (1965–1972; died 1982)
Engineer:Mike Moran, Mickey Crofford, Ray Hall
The Youngbloods were an American rock band consisting of Jesse Colin Young (vocals, bass), Jerry Corbitt (guitar), Lowell Levinger, nicknamed “Banana” (guitar and electric piano), and Joe Bauer (drums). Their only U.S. Top 40 entry was “Get Together”.
You can read more here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Youngbloods
The recording of the LP is ok, but could have been better.
The Lp starts off with a kind of country/vaudville style song called “Grizzly Bear”, (spelled “Grizzely Bear” on the album cover), Jerry Corbitt took credit for writing this song, but it had appeared on a 1928 recording by singer/songwriter Jim Jackson. The song featured the “jug band” style popularized by The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jim Kweskin Jug Band and other similar groups of the middle 1960s. The title refers to a popular dance style of the 1910s.
The second track starts a more sixties kind of a Monkees/Donovan flavor with “All Over The World” which is a good song and one of my favorites on the album. Next we launch into straight blues/rock in a lively tune called “Statesboro Blues” which is a song written by Blind Willie McTell, who recorded it in 1928. Not wasting anymore time, we reach the hit, “Get Together” and it is the long version with an extended bridge. This song was written in the mid-1960s by American singer-songwriter Chet Powers, also known as Dino Valenti.
The song is an appeal for peace and brotherhood, presenting the polarity of love versus fear, and the choice to be made between them. It is best remembered for the impassioned plea in the lines of its refrain, which is repeated several times in succession to bring the song to its conclusion. The Youngbloods were not the first to record it though. It was first done by The Kingston Trio in 1965.
We close out side one with “One Note Man”, a slightly Byrds flavored song.
Starting off side two is “The other side to this life” which is a heavy 60s rock style song with heavy distorted guitar and a groovy tune. Moving to the next track, “Tears are falling” we have an up tempo ballad with an interesting structure, not bad. Moving on to “Four in the morning” we find a Crosby, Stills Nash style tune, but somewhat harder, it’s an interesting song with some strange lyrics. On to “Foolin around”, this is a waltz style ballad, not my favorite on the LP. We jump to “Ain’t that lovin you baby” is an upbeat blues song written and recorded by Jimmy Reed. Finally we close out with CC Rider. Has anyone not done this song. The Youngblood’s version is at a slightly slower tempo and almost kind of a groove. Being used to how it’s usually done in a very up tempo fashion, this version almost sounds like it doesn’t work, but it does, it’s just different.