ロングブランチ/ペニーホイッスル Limited Edition
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長年CD化が待たれた全ウエストコースト・ロック、シンガー・ソングライター、そしてイーグルス・ファン必携の名盤。グレン・フライとJ・D・サウザー、共にジャクソン・ブラウンのコネクションによってデビュー(前者はイーグルス、後者はソロ)することになる2人のシンガー・ソングライターが<ロングブランチ・ペニーホイッスル>として70年にリリースした唯一のアルバム。イーグルスが切り開いた70年代LAシーンの原点にして、ドン・ヘンリーのシャイローと並ぶイーグルス関連屈指のレア盤。ジェームス・バートン、ライ・クーダー、ジョー・オズボーン、ジム・ゴードン、バディ・エモンズ、ラリー・ネクテル、ダグ・カーショウ等、バック陣にも注目! All tracks written by John David Souther unless noted Personnel John David Souther Glenn Frey James Burton Ry Cooder Buddy Emmons Larry Knechtel Jim Gordon Doug Kershaw Joe Osborne
2曲目のRun Boy Run などはグレンフライの持ち味が出ていてイーグルスのデビューアルバムに入っていてもおかしくない出来ですし。全体的にどの曲もまとまっています、1曲目のJublee Anne のJDサウザーの歌声とアコスティクギターで始まるところなどは懐かしいサウンドです、またライクーダーが参加しているのも当時としては驚きものでした。
Run Boy Run Run Boy Run
I am a total eagles die hard and found this disc to be a great insight on what was soon to be a legendary band.
This was on the top of my list, so I was amazed to see a CD was coming out, even if it was an import. I pre-ordered it immediately. The word was that Glen Frey had purchased the rights a long time ago just so no one would put it out. Even most classical composers suppressed their youthful works as a mild embarrassment at best, but in this case there's nothing to be embarrassed about. The lyrics are a little juvenile at times but they were in their early twenties when they made it. At the moment I'm assuming that since he died, his estate has no qualms about licensing it.
Frey and Souther had both migrated to L.A. having been in the music scene in Detroit (Frey) and Amarillo (Souther). The met at the Troubadour, L.A.'s premier folk club. At that time country rock, was considered part of the folk scene. The music critics liked it and it was very hip, but in the late Sixties heavier sounds were more popular. There had been some country in rock since the beginning and even in the mid sixties there were country-flavored songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield and Bob Dylan. But Dylan was one of the few who had had any real success with it. The Byrds' 1968 Sweetheart of the Rodeo was their least selling album ever, and Linda Ronstadt's first two solo releases were both unsuccessful on the charts largely due to their being too country. Poco and the Flying Burrito Brothers were cult bands in 1969. Though The Band was breaking out and Creedence was country-influenced in '69, Country rock was a minor scene mostly in L.A. and it wasn't going to have much success until 1972. Longbranch Pennywhistle was too early.
They also were signed to the very minor Amos label, which mostly signed unknown artists or artists whose hit years were over like the Hondells, Johnny Tillotson Mel Carter and Frankie Laine. Amos also had virtually no distribution or promotional network. Still, they signed Frey and Souther and the album was well produced by label owner Jimmy Bowen who also hired some of L.A.'s best session players for it like Ry Cooder, James Burton, Doug Kershaw, Larry Knechtel and Joe Osborn. The band is fine but I believe a little too recessed in the mix. Since he wasn't making money off the album, Frey went on the road with Linda Ronstadt to promote her second album, Silk Purse. He had met a member of the Amos band, Shiloh, Don Henley, who agreed to join him on the tour. As the band evolved over the next year or so Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon joined. Eventually they decided to go out on their own (with Ronstadt's encouragement) and as she was on David Geffin's Asylum Records they auditioned for him and he signed them. They went to Colorado to work out a sound and named themselves the Eagles.
Much of the Eagles sound is present in the Longbranch Pennywhistle album. In fact two pillars of the Eagles sound are almost fully formed here. Run Boy Run is the prototype of the Eagles rock song (think James Dean, Out of Control) and the Eagles ballad style with Kite Woman (Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise). The album as a whole is fine for a young group. A bit more acoustic than electric though electric and pedal steel guitar do make appearances. It's a young man's album with seven of the ten songs about women, from love songs (Rebecca, Kite Woman) to humorous ( Run Boy Run, Bring Back Funky Women, Jubilee Annie). The humor can be a bit sophomoric: Jubilee Annie is described as " a living little piece of California Country soul" but note how the fadeout ends on "piece". Star Spangled Bus and Mister Mister are counterculture songs,; the first is fun, the second perhaps a bit too earnest, but this was 1969, the year of Woodstock.
The album ends on an up note with the nonsense chant, never Have Enough with the whole crew singing feelgood lyrics like "Everybody who feels happy inside already knows the song." They come off as a good house band with a lot of potential and a fun attitude. I'm glad to see it isn't lost or forgotten.
PART 2: THE CD: I pre-ordered the CD and Amazon put it at the top of their CD request list right away. I figured I could write about the group's background and the songs since I had the LP for over 40 years and then write about the actual disc when I got it. I'd been nervous about the "delay" in the release date because that can mean a legal problem that can tie things up for months or even prevent the release. Sure enough the order was cancelled. But whatever that was about (maybe just a factory problem) is okay now so I reordered the disc and finally got it July 3, 2017.
This is a type of digipak (no plastic jewel case, all cardboard) release called an "album replica". It is a bit taller than a regular CD because it duplicates the original album's square shape. It also duplicates the original gatefold design so the cover opens up with the lyrics printed inside in a handwritten style. The back has the original photo and track listing. There are two folded pieces of paper inside. The first reprints the lyrics so you can more easily read them since the format is much smaller than an old LP. The next paper folds out and it seems to have some fairly extensive liner notes but these are all in Japanese. This is a Japanese import and is only available that way.
Long ago the big American media companies decided not to bother putting 60's catalog LP's on CD unless they were by really big artists like the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan or the Rolling Stones. The same for minor groups and albums like this. The British, Germans and Japanese have always valued American pop and rock seemingly more than Americans and they have labels which will put this king of material out. The Japanese have been doing a lot of this lately, projects like all of Jan & Deans catalog. The Japanese are avid collectors and it's part of their culture. They never bought into downloads and even less into cloud streaming because collectors want objects. It can't be something intangible. Japan is the only country where Tower Records never had to close a store. Thus we have pre-Eagles Frey and Souther only available on a Japanese label.
The sound is great. It's a fuller sound than the LP, which sounds thinner by comparison. The sound is very clear and seems to be mixed like the original album. It has been officially licensed from Amos Records. Don't worry about the Japanese booklet notes. It's not a big deal. If you're interested get it now because no one else is likely to ever release it and being rare to begin with the price will eventually go up very high.