Earth Music

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Earth Music
Studio album by The Youngbloods
Released 1968
Recorded RCA Victor's Studio B in New York City
Genre Folk rock
Label RCA
Producer Felix Pappalardi, The Youngbloods
The Youngbloods chronology
The Youngbloods
(1967)
Earth Music
(1969)
Elephant Mountain
(1969)

Earth Music is an album by the American folk rock band The Youngbloods, released in 1968. The album did not reach the charts.

History[edit]

Similar to their first album, the songs were a mix of originals and covers, ballads and rockers. Jesse Colin Young wrote three of the songs alone, the ballad "All My Dreams Blue", the hard rocking "Long and Tall", and the humorous "The Wine Song". Young cowrote a fourth with British guitarist and singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax, "Sugar Babe", another uptempo number about gambling and drinking. Jerry Corbitt contributed the ballad "Don't Play Games" which features a string section, and cowrote "Dreamer's Dream" with Banana. "Fool Me", written by Banana, is a bass-heavy song more similar to "garage rock" of the middle 1960s than the folkier material normally associated with the Youngbloods.

Cover songs on the album include "Euphoria", a song originally done by the Holy Modal Rounders and written by George "Robin" Remailly (who later became a member of the Rounders). Other covers included two fifties classics, Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and Chuck Willis's "I Can Tell". A final cover, Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe" was one of the earliest cover versions of the popular ballad.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Lindsay Planer called the album "a blend of captivating songwriting with an infectiously fun delivery" and wrote; "...there are a handful of equally definitive sides scattered throughout Earth Music."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Euphoria" (George Remailly) – 2:15 (vocals by Jerry with Jesse)
  2. "All My Dreams Blue" (Jesse Colin Young) – 3:17 (vocals by Jesse with Jerry and Banana)
  3. "Monkey Business" (Chuck Berry) – 2:49 (vocals by Banana)
  4. "Dreamer's Dream" (Jerry Corbitt, Lowell Levinger) – 3:35
  5. "Sugar Babe" (Young, Jackie Lomax) – 2:08 (vocals by Jesse with Jerry)
  6. "Long and Tall" (Young) 4:05 (vocals by Jesse)

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Can Tell" (Chuck Willis) – 4:29 (vocals by Jesse)
  2. "Don't Play Games" (Corbitt) – 2:12 (vocals by Jerry with Jesse)
  3. "The Wine Song" (Young) – 2:24 (vocals by Jesse with Jerry and Banana)
  4. "Fool Me" (Levinger) – 2:57 (vocals by Banana with Jesse)
  5. "Reason To Believe" (Tim Hardin) – 2:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Jesse Colin Young – bass, vocals
  • Jerry Corbitt – guitar (lead on ""Fool Me"), harmonica, vocals
  • Lowell "Banana" Levinger – guitar, piano, finger cymbals on "Euphoria", pedal steel guitar on "Sugar Babe" and "Reason To Believe"
  • Joe Bauer – drums

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Tracks 2, 3, 5, and 6 on Side 1, and track 5 on Side 2 were produced by The Youngbloods
  • Tracks 1-4 on Side 2 were produced by Felix Pappalardi
  • Tracks 1 and 4 on Side 1 were produced by Felix Pappalardi and the Youngbloods
  • Bob Cullen – production supervisor
  • Mike Moran – engineer
  • Mickey Crofford – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "Earth Music > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 

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