понедельник, 21 апреля 2014 г.

The Jon & Robin - Elastic Event (1967) 

Artist: The Jon & Robin
Album: Elastic Event
Label: Abnak Records
Catalog#: ABST-M-2070
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1967
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic, Pop Rock
Duration: 00:23:12

Given their somewhat limited potential, it's surprising to see that Jon & Robin cut two LPs in 1967. On the other hand, given that Jon's father owned the label they recorded on, it's also not surprising that they were permitted this indulgence. For their second go-round of 1967, they pumped up the wattage a bit and aimed for a harder, trippier sound, less steeped in soul than an odd mix of country/folk and pop-psychedelia influences -- though how they execute this is a little odd, the trippy fuzz-laden "I Want Some More" working a quote from "Twelfth Street Rag" into its break; and then there's the Southern-tinged single "Dr. Jon (The Medicine Man)," which charted at number 87; and "Honey Bee" works what sounds like a recorder flute somewhere into a countrified ballad. It's different from the preceding album, and has fewer obviously predictable moments; and there's even an unexpected folk-rock excursion in "Like I Know You Do," with a guitar sound that (very) distantly recalls moments of mid-'60s Bob Dylan. The Monkees of the same period mixed these sounds together more successfully as good, solid pop/rock, but this was still an improvement over Jon & Robin's first album. As with that album, some of the best moments here have been included on Sundazed's Best of Jon & Robin, but this time out the rest is kind of worth hearing in context. - Bruce Eder

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  Side One:
A1. Doctor Jon 02:10
A2. Honey Bee 02:16
A3. Like I Know You Do 02:19
A4. We Watched Each Other Fall In Love 01:57
A5. Grizzely Bear 02:25
  Side Two:
B1. You Got Style 02:05
B2. Just Imagine 01:56
B3. Thursday Morning 02:24
B4. By The Time I Get To Phoenix 03:13
B5. Truly, Truly True 02:16

We would like to take a little space to thank a few
of the people involved in making this album possible:
To "The In Crowd":
Bobby Rambo - Lead Guitar, Tambourine
Jim Glaves - Organ, Piano
To "The Five Americans":
Jim Grant - Bass
Jimmy Wright - Drums
John Durrill - Piano, Organ
A special thanks goes to Mike Rabon
of "The Five Americans" whe A&R'd
this session for us - he must be an idior.

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