Rolling Stone - p.75Ranked #8
in Rolling Stone's '10 Best Reissues Of 2011' -- "The delicate blend of earthy yearning and Sixties adventurism is still a land awaiting discovery."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1133 stars out of 5
-- "[I]t shows the underrated group continuing to explore new territory on mostly original material that's yet more on the subdued and reflective side than their more celebrated work..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1283 stars out of 5
- "Instead of over-austere authenticity, they pursued their own vision into something that remains timeless."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.884 stars out of 5
-- "Singular songwriting, Elliott's multi-layered 'guitar orchestra' and Valentino's haunting, stylised vocals combined in a classic pop record..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.794 stars out of 5
-- "[The album] remains a haunting, lyrical elegy to dashed hopes."
Beau Brummels: Ron Elliott, Sal Valentino.
Additional personnel: Jerry Reed (guitar); David Briggs (keyboards); Norbet Putnam (bass); Kenneth Buttrey (drums).
Recorded at Bradley's Barn, Nashville, Tennessee in 1968. Includes liner notes by Richie Unterberger.
After taking the Beau Brummels to the pop/folk psychedelic edge, producer Lenny Waronker took the band to Nashville, literally. Possibly influenced by the Byrds Sweetheart experiments, the group (now down to just Sal Valentino on vocals and Ron Elliott on guitars) wedded with Nashville's finest, including guitarist Jerry Reed and drummer Kenneth A. Buttrey, both veterans of Dylan's Nashville sessions. These players were not just good musicians, but smart musicians, easily embellishing the Elliott/Valentino duo as if they had been playing with the two for years, not days. The resulting masterpiece, no doubt due to the awesome Brummels original songs (especially "Cherokee Girl," "Turn Around," and "Deep Water"), is a virtual tapestry in country and rock. ~ Matthew Greenwald