12 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though The Byrds or The Lovin' Spoonful might have come closer to being America's Beatles in terms of mainstream impact, San Francisco's Beau Brummels were musically much nearer to taking the U.S. Fab Four title (though there were five of them). Their 1965 debut album, produced by Sly Stone, held two hits ("Just a Little," "Laugh, Laugh") that married haunting, minor-key melodies with irresistible pop hooks, revealing guitarist/songwriter Ron Elliott's sophisticated palette. They were early riders on the country-rock train, rocking up Don Gibson's "Oh, Lonesome Me," and they lent a garage-rock touch to Jimmy Reed's blues grinder "Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby." But for much of the album, they fly the flag of mid-'60s U.K.-style beat pop boldly into American territory.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though The Byrds or The Lovin' Spoonful might have come closer to being America's Beatles in terms of mainstream impact, San Francisco's Beau Brummels were musically much nearer to taking the U.S. Fab Four title (though there were five of them). Their 1965 debut album, produced by Sly Stone, held two hits ("Just a Little," "Laugh, Laugh") that married haunting, minor-key melodies with irresistible pop hooks, revealing guitarist/songwriter Ron Elliott's sophisticated palette. They were early riders on the country-rock train, rocking up Don Gibson's "Oh, Lonesome Me," and they lent a garage-rock touch to Jimmy Reed's blues grinder "Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby." But for much of the album, they fly the flag of mid-'60s U.K.-style beat pop boldly into American territory.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

legal-eagle-for-music ,

Some of the best vocals in the history of rock and roll!

They sound as good today as they did 40 some odd years ago. I enjoy the vocals today as much as I enjoyed them in the 60s.

busterallen ,

Oldies

Awesome album. The oldies are still the best.There isn't music like this anymore. glad it's still alive on iTunes.

Chuck from N.J. ,

Great CD!

I bought this CD a few years ago, but I picked up the import on Repertoire Records. Awesome sound and it contains 24 tracks - highly recommended. Sal Valentino is the main singer but all of the band members have lead vocals. On these 12 tracks, Ron Meagher is lead on tracks 8 & 12, John Petersen on track 9 and Declan Mulligan on tracks 5 and 10. And if you enjoy it as much as I do, you're sure to like their second album, "Volume 2".

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