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Sweetwater were an unusual 8 piece aggregation whose budding career was cruelly cut short by tragedy… formed out of coffee house jams in LA under the benign eye of Roger McGuinn’s sometime cowriter Harvey Gerst, Sweetwater played a fresh and happening fusion of Psychedelia, Jazz and Classical music; in some ways a West Coast equivalent to Chrysalis…
Their first album, produced by the great Dave Hassinger, established them as a force to be reckoned with, and landed them tours with The Doors and Eric Burdon & The Animals, and in time the coveted opening slot on the Woodstock festival (though they ended up going on later thanks to backstage shenanigans).
In December 1969 it all came skidding to a halt, as 20 year old singer Nansi Nevins was involved in a serious car smash, which left her in a coma with severe brain trauma and damaged vocal cords, necessitating years of therapy…though the group continued, it just wasn’t the same…
There was even a 1999 TV movie telling their story, concentrating on their tragedy…here instead we go back to their 1968 debut, when the world was at their feet! A record that could only have been made in LA in 1968…yet which has echoes of so much else…you’ll love it!
Beautifully re-mastered by Norman Blake at the mysterious Studio 3 in Glasgow!
Lovely packaging by Pepperbox!
The usual exhaustive annotation!
A must for all fans of West Coast psychedelia, rock, pop and jazz sounds!
3. FOR PETE’S SAKE
4. COME TAKE A WALK
5. WHAT’S WRONG
6. IN A RAINBOW
7. MY CRYSTAL SPIDER
10.THROUGH AN OLD STORYBOOK
11.WHY OH WHY