Thursday, April 30, 2009

Relatively Clean Rivers - Same (us 1975)

Relatively Clean Rivers - Relatively Clean Rivers (us 1975 hippie-psych rock)

*Phil Pearlman: guitar, bass, vocals, flute, harmonica and synthesizer
*Kurt Baker: guitar, vocals
*Dwight Morouse: drums, effects

Additional Accompaniment:
*Hank Quinn: drums on persian caravan
*John Alabaster: conga on persian caravan

01. Easy ride
02. Journey through the valley of O
03. Babylon
04. Last flight to Eden
05. Prelude
06. Hello sunshine
07. They knew what to say
08. The persian caravan
09. A Thousand Years

ALBUM: 1(A) RELATIVELY CLEAN RIVERS (Pacific Is PC 17601) 1975 R3
NB: (1) issued in two different sleeve designs. One has lyrics printed on the inner gatefold, the other doesn't. Both pressings include a photo insert.
I was introduced to this record after getting into one of Phil Pearlman's other bands, Beat of the Earth, and the great record label, Radioactive Records. Absolutely brilliant west coast rock, with a slick mid 70's Neil Young like production. This should be a great album for everyone to dig this summer. Love!
First ever reissue. Former "Beat Of The Earth" leader Phil Pearlman assembled Relatively Clean Rivers in the early '70s and eventually recorded this excellent rural rock album in 1975. Although it should be easy to pigeonhole the sound of Relatively Clean Rivers, it is actually anything but. At times sounding like The Grateful Dead in all their American Beauty pomp, or CSNY circa Deja Vu, this tight, richly talented ensemble produces an album of almost majestic quality. The sound is superb, and clearly no time or expense were spared to produce an album which is probably the most flawless snapshot of Californian '70s under ground music that you will ever here. Originally there were 2 pressings of this unique album, each of only 500 copies each, and this is the first time that this, or any of Pearlman's other recordings has been reissued. An album highly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in '70s West Coast music or simply top-notch music in general.
~ By Forced-Exposure.
A tremendous mid-1970's rural psych album that sounds like it was recorded in late 1968, Relatively Clean Rivers has that hippie commune Springfield/Manson Family/Dead vibe down pat. Although most often compared to The Dead, only the record's first cut, "Easy Ride" really sounds much like them, with it's acoustic/electric guitar mix and American Beauty era vocal styles. It's a great song, but the rest of the album is much different and a little bit better, spewing out wasted Topanga Canyon folkpsych with wacked out commune lyrics. Production is great and the musicianship is stellar, so we don't really get much of that 'real people' vibe prevalent in many other records with that 'rural' feel, but this still more than holds up. There really is nothing else quite like this, and the smashed lysergic hippie trip present here is anything but a novelty. You can totally feel the Canyon here, and these folks never did wind up leaving. The original vinyl is long gone, with only two pressings of 500 each supposedly, but my Radioactive Label CD reissue is nice, with a clear reproduction of the lyrics and liner notes and a nice, warm pseudo-analog sound. Great stuff......
~ By Chadkelsey (RYM).

Download Link: Clean Rivers - Same (us 1975 hippie-psych rock).rar



Stuart Shea said...

The only problem is that Radioactive is basically a bootleg label that doesn't pay the artists involved.

Anonymous said...

All links are broken :( its all good I found them on grooveshark! You're right, easy wind sounds like The Dead! Good stuff :)

alfaios said...

NEW Rapidshare link posted. Enjoy!