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IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY / MARRYING MAIDEN

It's A Beautiful Day

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

- "It's A Beautiful Day" :
1. White Bird
2. A Hot Summer Day
3. Wasted Union Blues
4. Girl With No Eyes
5. Bombay Calling
6. Bulgaria
7. Time Is
- "Marrying Maiden" :
8. Don and Dewey
9. Dolphins
10. Essence of Now
11. Hoedown
12. Soapstone Mountain
13. Waiting for the Song
14. Let a Woman Flow
15. It Comes Right Down to You
16. Good Lovin'
17. Galileo
18. Do You Remember the Sun?

Line-up / Musicians

* "It's A Beautiful Day" (tracks 1 to 7) :

- Hal Wagenet / guitars
- Linda LaFlamme / organ, piano, electric piano, celesta, harpsichord
- David LaFlamme / violin, flute, lead vocals, producer
- Mitchell Holman / bass, backing vocals
- Val Fuentes / drums, backing vocals
- Pattie Santos / tambourine, bells, block, gourd, , backing vocals

With:
- Bruce Steinberg / harmonica (2)

* "Marrying Maiden" (tracks 8 to 18) :

- Hal Wagenet / guitar, backing vocals
- Fred Webb / keyboards, French horn, backing vocals
- David LaFlamme / violin, flute, guitar, lead vocals
- Mitchell Holman / bass, jew's harp, backing vocals
- Val Fuentes / drums, backing vocals
- Pattie Santos / percussion, backing vocals

With:
- Richard Olsen / clarinet (8)
- Jerry Garcia / banjo (4), pedal steel guitar (8)

Releases information

Two LP on one CD repackaging of the first two IABD albums

CD Sony - 489449 2 (1998, US)

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars Convenient

This is a straightforward re-release of the band's first two albums as single CD package. There are no bonus tracks, so the two albums fit comfortably onto a single disc.

The band's self titled first album is the main reason they appear on this site at all. The diversity and beauty of the album sets it apart as a milestone in the development toward prog. The opening "White bird", which features the wonderful violin of David LaFlamme and his vocal harmonies with Pattie Santos is one of the most delightful pieces of music of any generation.

"Marrying maiden" is a much lighter affair, where pop and country influences come to the fore. Apart from the jazz based opener "Don and Dewey", the songs here tend to be shorter melodic pieces with strong harmonies. While many of the tracks include a fine instrumental break of violin, guitar or organ, such breaks are kept brief with the focus remaining on the main vocal theme.

In all though, a fine pair of albums, and a convenient way to obtain both of them on CD.

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