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Friday, May 10, 2019

McKendree Spring - McKendree Spring (1969 us, excellent folk rock with prog shades, 2009 remaster and expanded)

Formed in 1969 as a drummerless four piece folk-rock ensemble that Bill Graham (promoter/manager and creator of the Fillmore Theatres) once dubbed "one of the best unknown bands in the world," McKendree Spring recorded five albums for MCA and two for ATV/PYE, toured with some of the most exciting artists of the 70's, and created exceptionally inventive music. The band was noted for its live shows that brought the crowds to their feet. McKendree Spring had a knack for covering songs that sounded as if they had been either written by them or for them.

McKendree Spring played some memorable venues: Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center. They loved playing the venues that got them there ~ ‘My Fathers Place’ on Long Island, the ‘Agora Ballroom’ in Columbus and Cleveland, and the College Coffee House Circuit. Over the years McKendree Spring shared the stage with performers like the Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Elton John, Ike & Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, the Byrds, Jethro Tull, and Van Morrison. 

1. I Should've Known (Michael Dreyfuss, Fran McKendree) - 3:58
2. I Can't Make It Anymore (Martin Slutsky) - 4:04
3. Spock (Fran McKendree, Martin Slutsky) - 4:58
4. What Will We Do With The Child (Fran McKendree) - 2:52
5. Morning Glory (Fran McKendree) - 5:02
6. If I Gave You Everything (Michael Dreyfuss, Martin Slutsky) - 4:32
7. John Wesley Harding (Bob Dylan) - 3:09
8. No Regrets (Fran McKendree) - 6:15
9. If The Sun Should Rise (Fran McKendree) - 3:59
10.Hold On (Michael Dreyfuss, Fran McKendree) - 4:41
11.Easier Things Have Been Done (Michael Dreyfuss, Fran McKendree) - 4:19
12.She's Never Leave Chicago (Michael Dreyfuss, Fran McKendree) - 3:10
Bonus Tracks 10-12

The McKendree Spring
*Fran McKendree - Lead Vocals, Acoustic, Twelve-String Guitar
*Martin Slutsky - Electric Guitar
*Larry Tucker - Bass (tracks 1-9)
*Michael Dreyfuss - Violin, Viola, Theremin
*Fred Goldstein - Electric Cello
*Donny Brooks - Harmonica
*Carson MIchaels - Drums, Percussion (Tracks 10-12)
*Christopher Bishop - Bass (Tracks 10-12)

1970  McKendree Spring - Second Thoughts
1973  McKendree Spring - McKendree Spring 3 

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