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It's A Beautiful Day



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4 stars I don't mean, particularyly, to add or take away from what people above, and on other sites, have said, rather only to add a comment - one that I've not seen in three hours of assiduous searching out of bits and bobs about IABD (the _original_ LP release.) Walking down the sidewalk on fine summer's day in 1969, along the Greek house area of East Lansing, I heard something. My steps faltered. I stopped dead in my tracks. Hearing the opening of "White Bird," I was transfixed. [To be fair, same thing happened upon hearing Inna-Gadda-Vida, White Rabbit, and not a few more.] When the song stopped, I promptly yelled up to the window, "Play it again!" They did. Not waiting 'til payday, I borrowed money from a friend and bought the LP. Here's the thing - and maybe I'm hanging it out a bit much - but to this day I can't hear the tune without getting all, um, misty, hearing Patti sing. Sure, I'm a unrepentant romantic, maybe, but some bits by Linda Ronstadt, Nina Simone, Buffy Ste. Marie, Grace Slick, and a few others, and Patti - past any wit or defense, they grab me. Forever. The album itself? Sit back, listen, catch the wave.

[A whole raft of learned folks have said a bundle 'bout the album; no offense, way I figure, if you can't dig it, for what it is, listen to something else, and take your snootiness with you.]

My apologies in advance if I've not properly followed the guidelines for posting, but hey, for anyone who's gone the route from Woody Guthrie, the Carters, to Kingston Trio, PeterPaul&Mary, Stones, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Beatles, Miles Davis, Spirit, Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Chicago, Tingling Mothers Circus, B.B. King, Sly, Chambers Bros., Steppenwolf, Doors, Cream, Traffic, Dillard and Clark, the Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Yardbirds, to, say, Led Zeppelin.... and that's 1967 through 1969. Lotsa' stuff happening. Progressive? Pop? Schlock? Dunno, it was all kinds folks playin', pushing the envelope, experimenting, walking the thought progression, and, if lucky, making some bucks, and, along the while, makin' music; the cognoscenti can fine-tune and split hairs and write dissertations - that's way over my head and inclination. If it sounds good, listen. If it resonates, enjoy. If it's really good, for you, it'll stick.

jonesy | 4/5 |


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