Friday, August 19, 2016

The Heart of Rock and Soul # 877 The Beau Brummels

'Of all Autumn's,  (mid sixties San Francisco record label), the best was Laugh Laugh by the Beau Brummels. Aside from the Byrds Mr Tambourine Man, no other California group so close to pure Mersey beat, though the folkish harmonies and harmonica foretell the Bay Area acid rock to come. Sly (Stone) edited the Brummels down to three-minute classicism , focused on the pop song rather than soloing and made sure the lyrics remained coherent, thus establishing a local tradition which almost no one pursued.

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