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LONGBRANCH

Amos Records
7007

Released 1969

Springtime, and a young man's fancy turns to love . . .
It must have been springtime when Glenn and John David worked on this album. They were very young then: for every iota of talent that was clearly theirs they possessed libido in equal measure. This is an album rife with the trials and tribulations of love, Sixties-Style. Glenn thematically explores the pitfalls of infidelities and inadvertent encounters with high school girls (Rebecca and Run, Boy, Run respectively ... in the latter we get to hear Glenn breathing heavily, an audio treat he will reprise on the title track to 1984's Allnighter - it's also fun to hear Glenn try to pack the requisite cowboy twang into his native Michigan accent) whilst J.D. sings of pick-up lines gone wrong (Jubilee Anne), pick-up lines gone right (Lucky Love), getting picked-up (literally) by a woman and flung through the air (Kite Woman), and socio-economic-political observations such as Star Spangled Bus, Never Have Enough and Mister Mister. Because they were still broke and living in crappy little apartments in the unfashionable parts of L.A. the one song they penned together seems to decry the proclivities of materialistic females and sends up a cry to "Bring Back Funky Women" who still know how to "get down barefoot". If those knee-high white-vinyl go-go boots really were made for walkin', and if all they're gonna do is walk all over me, ya better leave 'em at the door, baby! Throw in a bluesy tune by James Taylor (Don't Talk Now) and you have a great audio slice of late-Sixties L.A.

In one sentence: It's twangy, but it'll grow on you!