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Rich Mountain Tower - Rich Mountain Tower (1971 Reissue 2015)

23-05-2015, 13:40
Music | Folk | Country | Rock | FLAC / APE

Rich Mountain Tower - Rich Mountain Tower (1971 Reissue 2015)

Artist: Rich Mountain Tower
Title Of Album: Rich Mountain Tower
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Aurora
Genre: Folk, Rock
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 36:01 min
Total Size: 239 MB
WebSite: amazon


01. Uncle Bob White - 5:08
02. Circle Sky Moon Mix (Randy Haspel, Tom McNamee) - 4:14
03. Thank You, Maggie - 3:47
04. If You Don't Look Back (Randy Haspel) - 3:13
05. Our Passage Home - 3:37
06. He Ain't Got No Color, Boys (Bob Tuccillo, Dana Paul, David Carr, Sandy Garrett) - 4:06
07. Song Of The Sea - 2:54
08. The Same Thing Applies To Me That Applies To You - 3:51
09. One Last Farewell - 2:39
10. Marie - 2:32

"Rich Mountain Tower's debut self-titled album, released in the fall of 1971, combines southern rock with acoustic ballads and psychedelic flourishes to create a sound well ahead of its time. Originally issued in quadrophonic sound, it's a superb recording that shows just what a fine and underrated band this Tennessee quintet was.

Really, though, these folks are mainly anchored in psychedelic folk, with a driving, rock rhythm and lots of jangly guitars and Southern-style slide balancing out the nascent twang. The lyrics are very hippie-dippie and diffuse, spacy, celebratory stuff about being alive and in nature, sung in airy harmonies with pedal steel an 12-string guitar providing sweet counterpoint -- all in all, a very Byrds-y sound.

A few Nashville studio pros were brought in to beef up the band's sound -- Charlie McCoy lays down a few hot harmonica riffs, and steel player Weldon Myrick adds gorgeous accompaniment throughout. There's not a lot on here that I would call "country," as opposed to rock, and a few songs may get irritating if you're just in search of country sounds, although for psych/folk-freak fans this record is a real treat. A mixed bag, but a great document of its time.

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