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Friday, February 14, 2014

Jesse Colin Young - On The Road (1976 us, outstanding blend of jazzy folk rock, 2008 japan edition)

On a series of solo albums, Jesse Colin Young had developed a strong musical rapport with a group of players including drummer Jeff Myer, keyboard player Scott Lawrence, and especially horn man Jim Rothermel, whose flute and soprano sax lines duetted with Young's tenor vocals. 

Adding David Hayes (one of several bassists who had appeared on his studio releases) and his wife Suzi on harmonies, Young produced this excellent live album, on which he mixed Youngbloods favorites ("Sunlight") with some of his better solo material ("Peace Song," a 12½-minute version of "Ridgetop") and some well-chosen covers (a medley of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," Randy Newman's "Have You Seen My Baby") for a varied program that emphasized his eclectic talents. 

Recorded live at "Paramount Northwest" Seattle, "Paramount Theatre" Portland, "Marin Veterann's Memorial Auditorium" San Rafael, "Pioneer Theatre" Reno and originally released in March 1976.
by William Ruhlmann

1. Sunlight - 3:59
2. Walkin' Off the Blues - 4:37
3. Peace Song - 3:35
4. Miss Hesitation - 7:12
5. What's Going On/Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) - 5:33
6. Corinna (Traditional) - 3:30
7. Have You Seen My Baby? (Randy Newman) - 3:44
8. Ridgetop - 12:55
9. T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker) - 6:21
Words and Music by Jesse Colin Young unless otherwise stated.

*Jesse Colin Young - Guitar, Vocals
*Suzi Young - Vocal Harmony, Vocals
*Jim Rothermel - ARP Synthesizer, Horn, Wind
*Jeff Myer - Drums
*David Hayes - Bass, Vocal Harmony, Vocals
*Scott Lawrence - Keyboards, Vocal Harmony

Jesse Colin Young releases
1973  Song For Juli (2009 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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