Listen – Buzzy Linhart – The Love’s Still Growing – MP3
I figured I’d close out the week with something mellow, to get your head back in the right place so that enjoyment of the weekend might commence.
The tune I bring you today is a song that I fell in love with some years ago when I heard in it a cover by Maggie and Suzze Roche (of the Roches, natch). That was on a compilation called ‘Bleeker Street: Greenwich Village in the 60’s’, and the tune was credited to a familiar, yet utterly mysterious name, that being Buzzy Linhart.
If you spend as much time listening to and chasing down music as I do, the dark corners of your brain tend to fill up with all kinds of factual flotsam and jetsam, names and song titles that keep popping up but never really anchor themselves to any kind of direct experience (i.e. songs I’ve heard of many times but never actually heard). Buzzy Linhart is definitely one of the names on that list.
Linhart was something of a child prodigy as a percussionist (especially on the vibes) and eventually landed on the folkie singer/songwriter scene in Florida in the early-60’s where he hung out with both David Crosby and Fred Neil. Like so many of the players on that scene he found his way to New York City where he worked as a session player for a number of performers before recording his first LP in 1969.
‘The Love’s Still Growing’ appeared on his second album, 1971’s ‘The Time To Live Is Now’ alongside the first version of Linhart’s ‘Friends’ which would become a cornerstone of Bette Midler’s catalog.
When I finally found a copy of this record I was surprised to discover that the bassist in Linhart’s band was none other than longtime Bob Dorough collaborator Bill Takas (who I actually got to see a few times before he passed away).
While Linhart’s original version of ‘The Love’s Still Growing’ lacks the crystalline harmonies of the Roche sisters, it makes up for it in spades with a certain early 70’s, stoney looseness that I dig a lot. There’s a kind of 60’s raga on the way to 70’s prog vibe running under the whole affair that I find very pleasing.
I hope you dig it and I’ll be back on Monday with some tasty Freakbeat.