Category Archives: Folk Rock

THE TURTLES – Happy Together – (White Whale) – 1967

I spoke about The Turtles a few years back when this blog was still just an email list. I said then, by way of background,  "The Turtles were one of the California bands that emerged in the wake of The … Continue reading

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ARLO GUTHRIE – Running Down the Road – (Reprise) – 1969

I recall having this album a long time ago but it was so hacked up it was barely listenable. I can put up with a fair bit of crackle and pop but sometimes it gets too distracting and I didn't … Continue reading

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BREWER AND SHIPLEY – Shake Off The Demon – (Kama Sutra) – 1971

Google "hippie" and "Brewer & Shipley" and you will find a lot of references to this act as a "hippie duo". When I was young and when I first got this record (at the great University of Queensland Student Union … Continue reading

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SHAWN PHILLIPS – Bright White – (A&M) – 1973

I'm tired. I've just spent the day painting – house painting. Painting is probably the easiest of the trades… Err, wait, I know a few house painters so I probably should qualify that. It's the easiest of the trades in … Continue reading

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MELANIE – The 7th Wave – (Powderworks)- 1983

How many Melanie albums do I have that I have not listened to before? A lot! Feel free to groan if you don't like Melanie. This is not a Melanie blog but I find myself playing a lot of her … Continue reading

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THE GRASS ROOTS – Alotta’ Mileage – (Dunhill) – 1973

In another Grass Roots comment I said this: Inevitably, when discussing Grass Roots questions of “authenticity” come up but they are largely redundant because this is pop music. I should say: They weren’t a manufactured group in the normal sense … Continue reading

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JESSE COLIN YOUNG – Together – (Warner Brothers) – 1972

It's hard to put on a finger on why Jesse Colin Young never had a more successful solo career. He had all the right attributes to be a successful singer songwriter in the 70s… He was an ex folkie who … Continue reading

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MELANIE – As I See it Now – (Neighborhood Records) – 1975

Another Melanie album? Actually there hasn't been one for a while. Where is the rock n roll I can hear some one say. Where is the garage? Where is the in your face music? Fuck it, at the very least … Continue reading

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SHAWN PHILLIPS – Second Contribution – (A&M) – 1970

I always feel a little dirty when I listen to  hippie music, though I'm not sure what hippie music is. I like Melanie, Brewer & Shipley, Simon & Garfunkel, The Youngbloods, Jefferson Airplane, The Turtles, Donovan, Country Joe, Arlo Guthrie … Continue reading

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ROGER McGUINN – Peace on You – (Columbia) – 1974

More McGuinn! Can you ever have enough McGuinn? Perhaps, but I have not reached that point yet and I doubt I will as he is consistently interesting even when his (solo) albums don’t achieve greatness. In relation his Thunderbyrd (1977) … Continue reading

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