The Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain - AudioSoundMusic
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The Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain - AudioSoundMusic
The Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain - AudioSoundMusic

The Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain

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Vocals, Bass, Guitar – Jesse Colin Young

Vibraphone – Victor Feldman

Drums – Joe Bauer

Fiddle – David Lindley

Keyboards, Guitar – Banana

Tenor Saxophone – Plas Johnson

Trumpet – Joe Clayton

Written by Jesse Colin Young (A1-2, A4-7, B2-6), Lowell Levinger (A3, A5, A7, B2, B4), Joe Bauer (A5, A7, B2, B4), Jerry Corbitt (B1), Felix Pappalardi (B1), Gail Collins (B1)


1 LP, standard sleeve with a tri-fold insert containing original photos and an appreciation by Charles L. Granata featuring a new interview with Lowell "Banana" Levinger

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : Impex Records

Original Label : RCA

Recorded at RCA's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

Engineered by Hank Cicalo, Mickey Crofford, Richie Schmidt

Produced by Charles E. Daniels (A1, A3-7, B1-2, B4, B6), Bob Cullen (A2, B3, B5), The Youngbloods (A2, B3, B5)

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in April 1969

Reissued in November 2023



Side A:

  1. Darkness, Darkness
  2. Smug
  3. On Sir Francis Drake
  4. Sunlight
  5. Double Sunlight
  6. Beautiful
  7. Turn It Over

Side B:

  1. Rain Song
  2. Trillium
  3. Quicksand
  4. Black Mountain Breakdown
  5. Sham
  6. Ride the Wind



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    Reviews :

    “Elephant Mountain (1969) is the Youngbloods' third long-player and marks their debut as a trio -- featuring Jesse Colin Young (bass/guitar/vocals), Joe Bauer (drums), and Lowell "Banana" Levinger (keyboards) -- after the departure of co-founder Jerry Corbitt (guitar/vocals). Although the band initially formed out of the early '60s Northeast folk scene, by the time this set was issued they had relocated to the pastoral Northern California county of Marin. Blending affective pop/rock melodies and lyrics with their good time jug band roots, the Youngbloods were instantly embraced by the already blossoming Bay Area music community. This effort contains some of the band's strongest material to date, building on the considerable momentum of their 1967 self-titled release and further enhanced by their remarkable instrumental capabilities. Young's contributions are particularly notable as he vacillates between the edgy and electric "Darkness, Darkness" to the light and earthy "Sunlight" and "Ride the Wind," or the bouncy tales "Smug" and "Beautiful." Banana honors his new surroundings with the gorgeous and catchy instrumental "On Sir Francis Drake" (named after a heavily traveled Bay Area motorway). On this cut the textural combination of electric piano and harpsichord provides a jazzy counterbalance to Young's propulsive basslines and Bauer's nimble drumming. The "Rain Song (Don't Let the Rain Bring You Down)" is left over from Corbitt's tenure and recalls the earlier Youngbloods' sound which was more akin to the Sopwith Camel or the Lovin' Spoonful than the trio's then-current folk-rock leanings. "Trillium" is a hidden gem of a jam that examines the band's remarkably strong improvisational interaction. "Sham" is perhaps the most straightforward rocker on the album and recalls Bay Area acts like the Sal Valentino-led Stoneground. The disc concludes with the sublime "Ride the Wind" which sports a very sophisticated and slightly Latin-flavored melody.” AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer


    Ratings :

    AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.08 / 5

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