A notch or two above The Grass Roots and The Mamas and Papas, and more than a few steps below The Byrds, the early Beau Brummels took the indulgently blissful sound of ’60s San Fancisco rock into a folkier, borderline country direction (and would in fact later play solid country rock). Led by guitarist/writer Ron Elliott, the Brummels made a virtue of innocence and joyful bounce, and benefited from Sly Stone’s energetic production. Hits include “Laugh, Laugh,””Sad Little Girl,” and a pleasant take on Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings.” There may not be much substance or invention here, but 30 years later, the Brummels still sound catchy. [Roy Francis Kasten]
Vinyl Rip of this ’86 Rhino Rec. compilation, a fine overview of one of the first US answer to Brit Invasion. Folk/Pop/Baroque garage produced by early Sly Stone in 3D Surfadelic rip. Dig!