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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Garrett Lund - Almost Grown (1975 us, excellent west coast psychedelia)

Since over 25 years the Garrett Lund album is one of the most legendary West Coast pieces for collectors, truly a rare one! Originally recorded in 1975 at AM studios this is one of the finest productions for this genre. It amazingly reflects the blend of the early San Francisco groups such as, Tripsicord Music Box, Quick Silver Messenger Service,  Kak ..etc, emotional singing and songwriting combined with great arrangements it reaches a unique feeling, cosmic and free!

The cover artwork by Garrett himself rounds off this artistic statement perfectly. In the early ‘70’s he was singer in the L.A. group “The Caretakers”. This reissue is from the original mastertapes and contains 5 unreleased bonus tracks (acoustic free-jam outtakes from a never made second album).

Garrett Lund was and still is a mysterious person. From what is known, he was born in the early ‘50’s. His father deserted Garrett and his mother -before he was born- and in his teens his beloved mother died. Garrett’s audition and acceptance as a member of The Caretakers, was a step up from his first local band to evolved into “Trane”, and became an instant success, playing the southwest of the US.

Trane appeared at numerous rock festivals and large clubs, opening for Led Zeppelin, Cream, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Jefferson Airplane and The Who. Almost immediately Trane was headlining their own –sold out- shows. What happened then is unclear, except that Garrett began a solo career and three years after Trane completed “Almost Grown” which was promptly rejected by 22 record labels.

Convinced that the album could and should be an artistic and commercial success, Garrett’s manager/producer, along with friends and family, set out to independently release “almost Grown” with the help of record promoter, John Holcomb, succeeded in achieving rotation on nine radio stations and selling 2.000 units in less than two weeks. Armed with the independently released success, the record companies were once again given the chance to sign Garrett and once again they passed. Since then, there's virtually no information on “Almost Grown” or Garrett Lund until 2001.
World In Sound

1. The Only Turnaround - 4:49
2. Serene - 3:37
3. Silver Sails - 7:16
4. One More Reason (Garrett Lund, Jimmy Jerviss) - 4:20
5. Think Of The Children - 4:31
6. Country Livin' (Bob Adkins, Garrett Lund) - 2:53
7. Stop The World - 4:43
8. (It's All Over Now) Baby Blue (Bob Dylan) - 5:47
9. Serene - 3:47
10.Never Gonna Take It Slow - 1:24
11.Over And Under - 4:05
12.Reflections On Earth - 2:08
13.Bonny - 2:36
All songs by Garrett Lund except where indicated
Bonus Tracks 9-13

*Garrett Lund - Vocals
*Jimmy Jerviss - Guitar
*David Lauser - Drums Percussion
*Donnie Ferro - Bass
*Glen Ross Cambell - Guitar
*Pete Thompson - Saxophone
*Marion McCrary - Trumpet
*Hank Quinn - Congas
*Bill Overturf - Acoustic Guitar

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adamus67 said...

Little known US acid psych killer from 1975 that's somewhere between Kak, Quicksilver and Bob Smith. Fantastic guitar work that swoops and rings like the best Gary Yoder or John Cipploina and a breathtaking production that utilizes orchestration to add to the atmospherics.
There is a fantastic songwriting with a cosmic timeless feeling. Garrett's falsetto voice and singing is beyond words and the guitar leaves you crying on the right or wrong day. Cover artwork is one of the best artistic statements ever made for a record -- an angel mother breastfeeding a baby in cosmic space, the losing milk drops from her breast are forming a milky way. CD release contains 5 bonustracks Highly recommended. Marios...Thanks

paparimskii said...

Thanks for Rare West Coast Sound band! Me favorite sounds forever!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Marios!!! Where is original post? Link?

Hajul Ellah said...

Many thanks, Marios, for this rarity. Your blog is a source of killer albums!

josesimon said...

Gran acierto de nuevo, muchas gracias por este en flac. Saludos

spaceboy5367 said...

Thanks Marios, I first saw this via C.G.R. I'd like also to echo what War Oponda said... very good blog you have here, keep up the great work!

lmelis said...

Thanks for the upgrade.

john said...

Thank you for finding more great music to fill my life with. I hope Mr. Lund's has been good to him, in return for the music he's given to us. I recently found your blog and an astounded by the quality of your posts. Thanks again.

mscmichael said...

Magnificent album !!! Thanks very much...

sparkler said...

i've been listening to this a lot lately. i just love it! thanks for turning me on to it, Marios

Douglas Rafael said...

Hi! Could you please reupload it?
Thank you very much in advance!

Marios said...


Dirtylqqks said...

Garrett Lund is alive and well living in California and still to this day sits on his back porch and will play guitar and sing .