The Beau Brummels – Lift Me

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The 1967 Edition of the Beau Brummels (in watercolor form)

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Listen/Download – The Beau Brummels – Lift Me

Greetings all.

I hope you all had a chance to dig into this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show. If not, take a few minutes, pull down the ones and zeros from the archive and stuff it into your iPod (or generic pod-like device) to listen to at your leisure.

The tune I bring you today is an especially groovy, if fairly obscure number.

I’ve always been a big fan of the Beau Brummels, though for many years all I really knew about (or listened to) was their early hits, and groovers like ‘When It Comes To Your Love’.

It was only in the last five years or so that I took the time to check out stuff like ‘Triangle’ and ‘Bradley’s Barn’.

The Beau Brummels “narrative” is kind of an odd one, considering that their period with Autumn Records, which lasted from 1964 to 1965, was followed by a stint with Warner Brothers. The brain trust at WB decided that the group’s first album for that label would be the odd ‘Beau Brummels ‘66’, an LP composed entirely of cover material.

Following that LP, the group was pared down to the trio of Sal Valentino, Ron Elliot and Ron Meagher, the line up that would record the remarkable ‘Triangle’.

Though I haven’t been able to find a sessionography that would confirm it, my assumption (since it was paired with the ‘Triangle’ track ‘Are You Happy’) is that the non-LP track ‘Lift Me’ hails from the same sessions (it certainly sounds like the Blossoms on backing vocals).

Released in 1967, ‘Lift Me’ is a fantastic bit of vaguely psychedelic (though I’d even say that it’s more spooky than outright psychedelic), country-inflected folk-rock.

There’s something really special about the Beau Brummels sound from this period. Their songwriting is as good as it ever got, and they seemed to be wrapping all of the sounds around them into a unique mix.

‘Lift Me’ was included in the Rhino Handmade boxed set ‘Magic Hollow’ back in 2005, though unless you’ve got a pile of cash burning a hole in your pocket it’d be a lot cheaper to just pick up the 45.

I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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