The Beau Brummels – Turn Around: The Complete Recordings 1964-1970 (2021)

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Often credited as early architects of the San Francisco sound, the Beau Brummels found success right out of the gate with their 1964 debut single, “Laugh, Laugh.” With its autumnal folk-pop jangle and moody melodic hooks, the song bore enough resemblance to the burgeoning British Invasion that many fans mistook these young Americans for invading Brits. Defined by the partnership of Sal Valentino (vocals, tambourine) and Ron Elliott (guitar, vocals, songwriter), the influential group went on to notch a small clutch of mid-’60s hits like “Just a Little” and “You Tell Me Why,” while anticipating both the folk-rock and country-rock genres ahead of better-known bands, especially the Byrds. By the late ’60s, the Brummels’ mainstream popularity had all but died, and yet they went on to release their two best albums in 1967’s enchanting Triangle and its 1968 follow-up, the eclectic, countrified Bradley’s Barn. A pair of reunion albums were made in 1975 and 2013, but they failed to match the exceptional quality of the group’s original 1960s run. That is the period covered here on the exhaustive eight-disc set Turn Around: Complete Recordings 1964-1970, from archival deep-divers Cherry Red Records. Generously padding their five Autumn/Warner Bros. records is an absolute banquet of singles, demos, alternate mixes, and assorted rarities that reveal every facet of the band, from their Baroque and psych-pop leanings to the tight beat-folk of their early days. As the label boasts, this truly is the last word on the Brummels. More often than not, the music is excellent and it’s easy to see why the band is still held in such esteem after all these years. ~ Timothy Monger

Tracklist:

01. Laugh, Laugh
02. Still In Love with You Baby
03. Just a Little
04. Just Wait and See
05. Oh, Lonesome Me
06. Ain’t That Loving You
07. Stick Like Glue
08. They’ll Make You Cry
09. That’s If You Want Me Too
10. I Want More Lovin’
11. I Would Be Happy
12. Not Too Long Ago
13. Just a Little (Demo)
14. Laugh Laugh (Alternate Version)
15. Still In Love with You Baby (Early Version)
16. Louie, Louie (Version One)
17. That’s All That Matters
18. Woman (Vocal Version)
19. Ain’t That Loving You Baby (Alternate Vocal Version)
20. I Want More Loving (Alternate Mix)
21. Just Wait & See (Early Version)
22. Just a Little (Alternate Version)
23. When It Comes to Your Love (Instrumental)
24. Here I Am In Love Again (Backing Track)
25. She Loves Me (Backing Track)
26. Just a Little (Alternate Backing Track)
27. You Tell Me Why
28. I Want You
29. Doesn’t Matter
30. That’s Alright
31. Sometime at Night
32. Can It Be
33. Sad Little Girl
34. Woman
35. Don’t Talk to Strangers
36. I’ve Never Known
37. When It Comes to Your Love
38. In Good Time
39. Gentle Wandering Ways
40. Fine with Me (Version One
41. Dream On
42. I Grow Old
43. I’ll Tell You
44. She Sends Me
45. Down On Me
46. This Is Love
47. Cry Some
48. Let Me In (Version One)
49. Hey Love
50. Go Away (Previously Unissued)
51. Underdog
52. Are You Sure
53. Sometime at Night (Sal’s Vocal Version)
54. I Grow Old (Version Two)
55. I Will Go (Backing Track Version 1)
56. I Will Go (Backing Track)
57. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
58. Mr. Tambourine Man
59. Louie, Louie
60. Homeward Bound
61. These Boots Are Made for Walking
62. Yesterday
63. Bang Bang
64. Hang On Sloopy
65. Play with Fire
66. Woman (Alternate Instrumental)
67. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter
68. Monday, Monday
69. Stand up (Previously Unissued)
70. One Too Many Mornings (Stereo Mix)
71. She Reigns (Stereo Mix)
72. Here We Are Again (Stereo Mix)
73. Fine with Me (Version Two) [Stereo Mix]
74. Let Me In (Version Two)
75. Candlestick Maker
76. Guitar Talk to Me
77. It Ain’t No Use (Previously Unissued Demo)
78. She’s Coming (Demo)
79. Don’t Make Promises (Stereo Mix)
80. Are You Happy?
81. Only Dreaming Now
82. The Painter of Women
83. The Keeper of Time
84. It Won’t Get Better
85. Nine Pound Hammer
86. Magic Hollow
87. And I’ve Seen Her
88. Triangle
89. The Wolf of Velvet Fortune
90. Old Kentucky Home
91. Galadriel (Previously Unissued)
92. You and I (Previously Unissued Demo)
93. Two Days ‘Til Tomorrow
94. Lift Me (Stereo Mix)
95. Elevators A.K.A. Lower Level (Alternate Version)
96. Another (Demo Version)
97. I Love You Mama (Demo)
98. Happiness Is Funny A.K.A. Bittersweet (Alternate Version)
99. Galadriel (Demo)
100. Lift Me (Alternate Take)
101. Another (Alternate Demo)
102. I Love You Mama (Version One)
103. Bittersweet
104. Forty-Second Street
105. Triangle (Alternate Vocal)
106. Glass (Backing Track)
107. Turn Around
108. An Added Attraction (Come and See Me)
109. Deep Water
110. Long Walking Down to Misery
111. Little Bird
112. Cherokee Girl
113. I’m a Sleeper
114. The Loneliest Man In Town
115. Love Can Fall a Long Way Down
116. Jessica
117. Bless You California
118. Tan Oak Tree (Previously Unissued)
119. Another (Previously Unissued)
120. Just a Little Bit of Lovin’ (Previously Unissued)
121. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
122. Black Crow (Previously Unissued Demo)
123. High There (Previously Unissued)
124. I Love You Mama (Version Two)
125. Deep Water (Alternate Version)
126. Jessica (Alternate Version)
127. Long Black Veil
128. Just a Little Bit of Lovin’ (Demo)
129. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Alternate Take)
130. Love Can Fall a Long Way Down (Alternate Mix)
131. A Little at a Time
132. Home of the Blues
133. I Will Go (Demo Version)
134. That’s Alright (Demo Version)
135. No Lonelier Man (Originally Unissued Demo)
136. She’s My Girl ( Demo)
137. It’s So Nice (Demo)
138. You Don’t Want My Love
139. News (Demo)
140. Can It Be (Demo Version)
141. Pity the Fool (Demo)
142. Love Is Just a Game (Demo)
143. When It Comes to Your Love (Demo Version 1)
144. Talk to Me (Demo)
145. It Sounds Like Rain (Demo)
146. Lowdown (Demo)
147. How Many Times (Demo)
148. She Loves Me (Demo Version)
149. Brown Eyes
150. Sad Little Girl (Demo Version)
151. Can’t Be So (Demo)
152. Dream On (Demo)
153. Don’t Do This to Me
154. I’m Alone Again (Originally Unissued Demo)
155. Someday
156. I Will Love You Still (Demo)
157. Hey Love (Demo Version)
158. Tomorrow Is Another Day (Originally Unissued Demo)
159. When It Comes to Your Love (Demo)
160. Woman (Demo)
161. I Cannot Hide (Demo)
162. On the Road Again (Demo)
163. Till the Day
164. Find a Place
165. What Do You Want (Demo)
166. Little Girl A.K.A.Tomorrow Is Another Day (Demo)
167. Forget It Babe (Sal Valentino Demo)
168. This Is Love (Sal Valentino Demo)
169. No Lonelier Man (Ron Elliott Demo)
170. Kill (Ron Elliott Demo)
171. I’ll Go Now (Sal Valentino Demo)
172. Coming Home
173. Darkness (Previously Unissued Demo)
174. Confessions (Demo)
175. Stay with Me Awhile (Sal Valentino Demo Version)
176. Friend of Mine
177. Before Darkness Ends
178. Laugh Laugh (Single Version)
179. Still In Love with You (Mono Single)
180. Just a Little (Mono Single)
181. They’ll Make You Cry (Mono Single)
182. You Tell Me Why (Mono Single)
183. I Want You (Mono Single)
184. Gentle Wand’rin Ways (Mono Single Version)
185. Fine with Me (Version One) [Mono Mix]
186. Don’t Talk to Strangers (Mono Single)
187. In Good Time (Mono Single)
188. Good Time Music
189. Sad Little Girl (Mono Single)
190. One Too Many Mornings
191. She Reigns (Single Version)
192. Here We Are Again
193. Fine with Me (Single Version)
194. Two Days ‘Til Tomorrow (Single Edit)
195. Don’t Make Promises
196. Lower Level (Single Version)
197. Magic Hollow (Mono Single)
198. Lift Me (Single Version)
199. Are You Happy? (Mono Single)
200. Long Walking Down to Misery (Mono Single)
201. Cherokee Girl (Mono Single)
202. Alligator Man
203. Friends and Lovers
204. Silkie
205. A Song for Rochelle

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