Monday, January 21, 2008

ZEPHYR / GOING BACK TO COLORADO

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1971 on Warner Bros. Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate – 320kbps
ALBUM INFO:
Produced By: Edwin H. Kramer
Engineered By: Edwin H. Kramer
Assistant Engineers: Dave Palmer, Kim King, Vinnie & J.J.
Recorded At: Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York
Album Cover: Ed Thrasher
TRACK LISTING:
Going Back To Colorado / Miss Libertine / Night Fades Softly / The Radio Song / See My People Come Together / Showbizzy / Keep Me / Take My Love / I’ll Be Right Here / At This Very Moment
THE BAND:
David Givens – Bass, Vocal on “Miss Libertine”
Bobby Berge - Drums
Tommy Bolin – Guitars, Vibes
Candy Givens – Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica
John Faris – Keyboards, Saxophone, Flute, Vocal on “Take My Love”
With
Paul Conley – Synthesizer
Eddy Kramer – Keyboards, Percussion
Paul Fleisher – Saxophone
Buzzy Linhart – Vocal on “The Radio Song”
Background Vocals – Albertine Robinson, Eileen Gilbert, Tasha Thomas, Gerard McMahon
WEBSITE(S):
http://www.tbolin.com/history/zephyr.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zephyr_(band)
REVIEW:
By Yours Truly
Zephyr is a hard band to describe because each of their 3 studio albums is almost entirely different from the previous one. I have to stifle the urge to talk about the band here and just discuss this particular piece of vinyl art. I can’t talk about this band without using superlatives so be warned that this is a biased review.
If Your someone who’s never heard this album before now I suggest you use headphones to shut out the outside world, turn off the lights and crank the volume up a notch past normal because when Candy starts wailing on the harp and singin’ “goin’ back to Colorado” You’re gonna measure how alive you are by how high the goosebumps are on your arms. If you’re not a fan of Cindy’s by the end of the first cut than you’re dangerously close to being soulless. I’m not kiddin’….this album is so far ahead of it’s time that it’s no wonder they didn’t stay together long.
Back in the day when this was new music I used to get so pissed because Janis Joplin was the big deal, getting all the press and Cindy could sing circles around her. Not only could she wail better than Janis, but she had twice the range and control. Janis had one style, Cindy has a different style with each tune.The other part of this band that no other band had to match was Tommy Bolin. One of his showstopper tunes finishes out the first side of this album and the guitar playing on that one cut equals anything else produced during the 70’s. The boy had fingers, imagination and style. I was taking guitar lessons back in those days and I took this album into my guitar teacher and said, “this is how I want to be able to play”. Keeping in mind this cat was an old Jazz guy, the next week he handed me back the record and said, “I can teach you the technique but what he’s playing comes from deep in the soul, I can’t teach that”
This album ends with a cut called, “At This Very Moment”. A beautiful tune with wonderful lyrics that have always kept me from forgetting that there’s a whole world out there that I can’t see from where I’m standing.
Cindy and Tommy have both passed on, way before their time, but while they were here they made some awesome music that needs to be passed on so that they’re never forgotten.

Going Back To Colorado, January 1, 2008
By B. E Jackson (Pennsylvania) - Amazon Review
Zephyr is one heck of a great band! Like many people, I wanted to hear this album because of Tommy Bolin's fantastic guitar playing. He's one of the most underrated rock guitarists of the 70's. I knew the guitar playing would be great, but I had no idea the songwriting would be entirely unique and diverse. Each song on this Zephyr album can either be considered pop rock or jam rock. Seriously, each song is filled with many little tasty instrumental goodies to satisfy almost anyone who appreciates rock music from the 60's and 70's. The lead singer understands how to connect to the listener with emotional vocals too. You have the title song which reminds me of something Rush would do on their second album, "Keep Me" reminds me of the kind of emotional brilliance Carole King is known for, and "Take My Love" is like a blend between Miles Davis, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Jefferson Airplane. That bassline is addicting, and the vocals are fantastic as well. The jazzy solo is another highlight. Absolutely love this track. The second song called "Miss Libertine" reminds me of the Jefferson Airplane yet again. Remember how Jefferson Airplane had the talent to be creative, experimental geniuses who sounded like *no one* else? Well, Zephyr has that same talent. An extraordinary band. The last song on the album has a psychedelic piano melody with some neat drumming included. The rest of the songs are just really high quality rock songs that can be filled with tasty instrumental bits underneath the vocals, and some of the most creative and underrated songwriting abilities I have ever heard. An easy perfect rating for this album. I seriously hope more people check out this incredible album, because right at this very moment, I'm totally shocked it wasn't more popular than it was. Trust me, this is a wonderful album for every single second. Every song has its own sound and style, the songwriting is unbelievably catchy, and the instrumental bits are really satisfying for anyone who likes to jam out. It's perfect!
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this!

Monday, March 24, 2008 at 8:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Armada said...

how can I get this mp3 ?
thanks

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 5:54:00 AM EST  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Hi Amanda,

Read the October 26th 2008 post and follow the instructions.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 7:24:00 AM EST  

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