Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1969 on Probe / ABC Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320kbps
Produced By: Bill Halverson
Engineered By: Bill Halverson
Recorded At: Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Album Cover: Alden Spilman
Sail On / Sun’s A-Risin’ / Raindrops / Boom-Ba-Boom / Somebody Listen / Cross The River / St. James Infirmary / Huna Buna / Hard Chargin’ Woman
David Givens – Bass, Backing Vocals
Robbie Chamberlin – Drums, Backing Vocals
Tommy Bolin – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Candy Givens – Vocals, Harmonica
John Faris – Keyboards, Flute
By Yours Truly
This is the 1st Zephyr album. There are 8 tunes on this album that will rock your socks off. I can’t imagine how it would be to hear this album for the first time in this day and age but hearing it back in 1969 for the first time as a high school student was an awesome experience. I became an instant fan of the band and Tommy Bolin in particular. To this day I still wonder where he’d have been by now if he hadn’t checked out on us so early in his life.
Rather than review each song let me just say that this album starts out strong and ends stronger. My personal favorite would have to be Cross The River but the cut I recall getting the airplay was Hard Chargin’ Woman. With this one song Candy Givens made a place for herself in rock history. She too is no longer with us and other than the Zephyr albums I’ve never found anything else with her name on it.
One of the strangest things I believe I ever saw was seeing Zephyr on American Bandstand! Yup, not that I watched it all that much but that particular Saturday morning I was sitting around the house and all of a sudden Dick Clark was introducing them. I thought at the time that it was a very odd match as Bandstand was the top 40, teenybopper kinda music show and Zephyr was quite a distance from anything related to top 40.
It would be my opinion that any lover of 70’s Rock n Roll needs to have this album, actually all 3 Zephyr albums, in their music collection.
READ THIS for more information on this album.


Anonymous Sam said...

I got this album when it first came out (hell, I even have it on 8-track!) and I have to say I have a soft spot for the vocals, even though at the time I simply tolerated them in order to get to the guitar solos. We used to laugh at her a lot (well, I was young back then) because she's so shrill, but now I can see that she was pretty powerful in her own way. Tommy Bolin's guitar playing on this is just astounding. Being the dipshit that I am, I was psyched to see Tommy Bolin with the James Gang backstage one time--I yelled out, "Hey, whatever happened to Zephyr?" and he replied, "they just went down the tubes." So it goes. Great album. Thanks so much for putting this up, along with the second one (not as strong as the first but worth having). I've never heard the third one!

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 5:14:00 PM EDT  

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