sábado, 26 de novembro de 2016

SWEETWATER DEBUT ALBUM

Original released on LP Reprise RS 6313
(US, 1968)

Perhaps the majority of the band formed in L.A., but it was not until the inclusion of Ms. Nevins in San Fran that they became the force that they did. Believe it or not, their was a one hour documentary on the Public Broadcasting channel here in NY about their tragic story. Sweetwater was little more than a coffee house attraction up and down the Cal coast until during a performance one night, Nevins asked to join in on stage. Not only did she wow the crowd, but the band knew instantly that the gods had smiled on them, and she was asked to join them on a permanent basis. This debut album was the only one they would record before her terrible auto accident left her virtually unable to sing. It's filled with beautiful female vocal, semi-progressive, psych influenced west coast rock. The inclusion of various woodwind and string instruments in a rock band was all but unheard of at the time. This album is one of those that should be consisdered essential by any student of the psychedelic 60's. (in RateYourMusic)

This Sweetwater LP debut is the only album to feature Nanci Nevins on vocals throughout, and it's hard to get a grip on. Sometimes it's attractive Californian folk-pop-psych not too far removed from the Mamas & the Papas, as on "Through an Old Storybook"; sometimes it's trying for a rock-Baroque-classical-jazz fusion, although the material doesn't match the ambitions of the arrangements. Whether intentionally or otherwise, Nevins' vocals often recall those of Grace Slick, though she isn't as good. On "My Crystal Spider," they seem to be going for a far-out psychedelic sound; the ascending and descending bit of harsh electronics in the middle sounds uncomfortably close to effects employed, earlier and to more effective use, by the United States of America on "Hard Coming Love." When bands, even on their first album, make multiple comparisons to more renowned acts so inevitable that these form the bulk of a review, it's a good indication that the musicians were not in the same league as those they were trying to emulate. (Richie Unterberger in AllMusic)

1 comentário:

Dunk disse...

Could you upload NICOLETTA 73 again, please?

http://ratosreturn.blogspot.de/2010/07/nicoletta-73.html

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