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

Rock Hound ,

Introducing the Beau Brummels

A strong debut album, containing two 'Top 40' hits [Laugh Laugh, Just a Little]. The quintet performed many of these songs at my high school gym (Shawnee Mission, KS) way back in 1965 and did a professional job--although they had been on tour for a while and appeared a bit fatigued. Lots of fun, though.

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.

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