Sunday, October 3, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out...“Volume 2" - The Beau Brummels (1965)

“Volume 2"  -  The Beau Brummels (1965)
(Folk rock, Garage rock, Folk psych)

From the title, "Volume 2"...the album sounds like it might be a Beau Brummels compilation.  It's not.  This was the band's second studio album.  The band released two albums that year.  The first one had the big hits, but I think this one is the better spin.  The 12 songs, all originals, give the album a more cohesive vibe.  This San Francisco outfit has more similarities to The Byrds here.  A garagy, folk-rock sound.  A little darker, perhaps, but not without a few songs to pick things up.  

After the release of "Volume 2"...Autumn Records was bought out by Warner Brothers.  And WB really did a number on the band.  They totally abandoned the Brummel's original songwriting spirit in favor of the dreadful decision to have them record other artists' songs.  It failed miserably.  This commercial blunder caused by management ultimately left The Beau Brummels two steps behind and playing catch-up.  "Volume Two" shows just how steadily "on-the-mark" they were becoming.

“Volume 2" - The Beau Brummels (back)

Favorites include "You Tell Me Why" and "Don't Talk To Strangers."  And deeper tracks "That's Alright" and "Sad Little Girl." 

This is a mono pressing and looks and plays a strong VG+.  The cover is nice with no splits, but a gummy sticker was removed from the back and someone just had to mark "25¢" on the front.  The back cover has a very cool cartoon drawing of The Beau Brummels from an actual TV episode of...The Flintstones.  In Bedrock, the band was called..."The Beau Brummelstones!"  "Volume 2" was produced by Sly (Stone) Stewart.  This was a $4 purchase.  I'm still hoping to come across their later albums "Triangle" (1967) and "Bradley's Barn." (1968)

Autumn Records label

Cat #
LP-104   LP/104
LP-104-1  (MR in a circle)  △ 8496
LP-104-2  (MR in a circle)  △ 8496-X 

"That's Alright" - The Beau Brummels / "Volume 2" (1965)

A1  "You Tell Me Why" 3:05
A2  "I Want You" 4:00
A3  "Doesn't Matter" 2:00
A4  "That's Alright" 2:12
A5  "Sometime At Night" 1:50
A6  "Can It Be" 2:28
B1  "Sad Little Girl" 3:30
B2  "Woman" 2:48
B3  "Don't Talk to Strangers" 2:21
B4  "I've Never Known" 2:03
B5  "When It Comes To Your Love" 2:11
B6  "In Good Time" 1:49

Sal Valentino - vocals
Ron Elliott - lead guitar
Ron Meagher - bass, guitar
John Petersen - drums, vocals (A5)

Good stuff.

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