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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jesse Colin Young ‎– Light Shine (1974 us, gorgeous folk soft rock)

Whether it was creative fervor or contractual obligation, Jesse Colin Young was back with a new album only six months after his commercial and artistic breakthrough with Song for Juli, and though the album featured more original songs, Young seemed to be stretching for material, turning the three tunes on side one into a "California Suite" with lots of jazzy instrumental work. Many of Young's backup musicians -- notably drummer Jeffrey Myer, keyboardist Scott Lawrence and reed player Jim Rothermel -- had been with him for a while now and were playing like a tight band. 

Some of the songs were little more than weather reports ("Grey Day") or travelogues ("Barbados"), and when Young did have a message to convey, as in the title song (repeated from the Youngbloods' Good and Dusty album), he could come off as preachy, but the music was so delightful that none of that mattered much. Fans made it Young's highest-charting album yet, and it ranks with Song for Juli as his biggest seller. 
by William Ruhlmann

1. California Child  - 2:23
2. Grey Day  - 11:19
3. Light Shine  - 5:25
4. Pretty And The Fair  - 2:37
5. Barbardos  - 2:58
6. Motorcycle Blues  - 2:40
7. The Cuckoo (Traditional)  6:53
8. Susan  - 4:21
All songs by Jesse Colin Young except where indicated

*Jesse Colin Young - Vocals Guitar                
*Jeffrey Myer - Drums, Congas, Percussion              
*Scott Lawrence - Piano, Keyboards, Harmonies                                      
*Kelly Bryan, Bass
*Jim Rothermel - Alto, Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Harmonica
*Ozzie Ahlers - Electric Piano                                  
*Marty David - Bass                    
*Jerry Corbitt, Suzi Young - Harmonies

Jesse Colin Young releases
1973  Song For Juli (2009 remaster)
1976  On The Road (Japan remaster)
with The Youngbloods
1967/69  The Youngbloods / Earth Music / Elephant Mountain 
1969  Elephant Mountain (Sundazed expanded)
1971  Beautiful! Live In San Francisco (Sundazed edition)
1972  High On A Ridge Top (Sundazed remaster)

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Mr Kim B said...

After "On The Road" we now have "Light Shine". Long Live Rockasteria!
Wonderful music.

El Greco said...

Thank you Marios...i requested this a few weeks back and prayers answered. Love this album and my vinyl copy has gone astray. Thanks for the opportunity of hearing it once more.

Anonymous said...

I requested this too a few weeks back - I look forward to hearing it again for the first time in 30 years! Thanks so much for all your beautiful work on this site. HJ