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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jerry Corbitt - Corbitt (1969 us, awesome acid folk psych with country and classsic rock shades, 2015 korean remaster)

Corbitt was performing as a folksinger in the Cambridge, MA area when he met and started playing with Jesse Colin Young. Young already had a burgeoning career with two albums to his name but, in 1965, the two started to tour in Canada under the name The Youngbloods. The two eventually added Corbitt's friend, bluegrass musician Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and drummer Joe Bauer to flesh out their act into a full band.

The Youngbloods would become the house band at Cafe Au Go Go and signed with RCA Records where they released their self-titled first album in early 1967. A single from the set, the Corbitt written Grizzly Bear, went to number 52 and the follow up, the Chet Powers song Get Together, stalled at 62. The band followed with Earth Music later that year and 1969's Elephant Mountain, none of which broke into the mainstream. Their big success came when New York DJ Dan Ingram used the song Get Together behind a public service announcement he recorded for the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The renewed interest in the track propelled it back up the charts to a peak of numbers.

Corbitt left the Youngbloods in 1969 before the recording of Elephant Mountain to work on a solo career. His first success came in 1971 touring with Charlie Daniels in the duo Corbitt and Daniels. While he did record a couple of solo albums, his main work from the 70's on was in production, starting with Don McLean's Castles in the Air and going on to work with such artists as Pete Seeger, Buffy St. Marie, Janis Ian, Charlie McCoy, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Joy of Cooking, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Felix Pappalardi and many others. He also worked on numerous movies, TV shows and commercials.

Jerry Corbitt, passed away on Saturday March 9, 2014 at his home in Smiley, Texas of an undisclosed cause.
CD Liner-Notes

1. Let The Music Come Inside (Jerry Corbitt) - 2:08
2. Out Of The Question (Jerry Corbitt, Larry Heald) - 5:07
3. Country Girl (Jerry Corbitt) - 1:48
4. Delight In Your Love (Jerry Corbitt) - 3:25
5. Queen Of England (Jeffrey Cain Stevens) - 1:51
6. The Psong (Jerry Corbitt, Jeffrey Cain Stevens) - 3:17
7. I Love You All (Jerry Corbitt, Jeffrey Cain Stevens) - 2:22
8. The Rain Song (Jerry Corbitt, Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins) - 2:39
9. Banned In Boston (John Morier) - 3:26
10.Tribulations (Terri Garthwaite) - 2:04
11.Kahuna Song (Jerry Corbitt) - 3:09

*Jerry Corbitt - Vocals, Guitar, Mouthharp
*Charlie Daniels - Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin
*Rick Turner - Bass, Guitar
*Gregory Leroy Dewey - Drums, Percussion
*Ron "M'Bula" Wilson - Congas
*Bernie Krause - Synthesizer (Moog)
*Ed Bogas - Synthesizer (Moog)

1967/69  The Youngbloods / Earth Music / Elephant Mountain (2014 Japan Blu Spec Edition)
1969  Elephant Mountain (Sundazed expanded and 2014 Japan Blu Spec Edition)
1970  The Youngbloods - Rock Festival
1971  Beautiful! Live In San Francisco (Sundazed edition)
1972  High On A Ridge Top (Sundazed remaster)

Jesse Colin Young releases
1972  Together
1973  Song For Juli (2009 remaster)
1974  Light Shine
1976  On The Road (Japan remaster)