Paul wrote below:
"All of these posts fail to mention the first band that synthesized the Rock and Country of that era, and included a bit of Psychedelia, too. That band is Hearts And Flowers, and their first, eponymous album is startling and beautiful. Some people like the second album too, but I think the first is groundbreaking."
All I've ever heard is their cover of Kaleidoscope's (another underrated LA band) "Please". Will have to track down those Capitol albums.
: From a previous post of mine, regarding the
: origin(s) of country-rock, Hearts and
: Flowers is mentioned earlier in the
: paragraph I partially quoted from
: "America’s Music" (1996), by
: Robert K. Oermann. On page 201 the author
: states, in full, "Clarence White, Peter
: Rowan, John McEuen, Jerry Garcia, and Chris
: Hillman had all worked in California
: bluegrass, folk and/or country bands by the
: mid-'60s. Groups like Shiloh, Nashville
: West, Hearts and Flowers, the International
: Submarine Band, Dillard and Clark, and
: Longbranch Pennywhistle were also part of
: the emerging country-rock scene. But the
: figure who was the catalyst was Gram
: Parsons, and the album that defined the
: style was Sweetheart of the Rodeo, made when
: he, Hillman, and White were all members of
: the Byrds in 1968."
: I first listened to the music of Hearts and
: Flowers just the other day via youtube
: uploads and, while I didn't find what was
: available that country-rock oriented, I
: acquiesce, that their music is,
: unequivocally, "startling and
: beautiful." I immediately made plans
: to order some of their material.
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