|Studio album by The Youngbloods|
|Recorded||RCA's Music Center of the World in Hollywood, California.|
|Producer||Charlie Daniels, The Youngbloods, Bob Cullen|
|The Youngbloods chronology|
With the departure of member and co-founder Jerry Corbitt, Jesse Colin Young became the primary songwriter of the band, penning seven of the 13 tracks on the album, and cowriting four more with Lowell "Banana" Levinger and Joe Bauer. Young's songwriting ranges from jazzy acoustic ballads ("Sunlight" and "Ride the Wind"), to country/folk pop ("Smug" and "Beautiful") and bluesy hard rock ("Sham"). "Darkness, Darkness" and "Quicksand" are songs dealing with depression and suicide, quite at odds with the optimistic to happy-go-lucky image of the band created by songs like "Get Together" and "Grizzly Bear" (though not unlike other early songs such as "All My Dreams Blue" and "Foolin' Around"). The four tracks credited to Young, Banana, and Bauer are all instrumentals.
Levinger's "On Sir Francis Drake" is another instrumental named after Sir Francis Drake Boulevard of Marin County to where the band had recently moved. At 6:44 it is the longest track on the album, consisting of two sections, the first an electric piano-based waltz, the second a blues jam with some bass soloing by Young. The remaining song on the album is "Rain Song (Don't Let the Rain Bring You Down)", which is similar to their earlier "jug band" style songs like "Euphoria" and "The Wine Song"; it was co-written by Jerry Corbitt, Felix Pappalardi and Gail Collins, his wife.
Unlike their previous albums, there were no covers of songs by other artists.
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Although not specified on the album cover, the mountain depicted is Black Mountain (locally called Elephant Mountain), located west of the Nicasio Reservoir in Marin County.
- "Darkness, Darkness" (Jesse Colin Young) – 3:51
- "Smug"* (Young) – 2:13
- "On Sir Francis Drake" (Lowell Levinger) – 6:44
- "Sunlight" (Young) – 3:07
- "Double Sunlight" (Levinger, Young, Joe Bauer) – 0:41
- "Beautiful" (Young) – 3:49
- "Turn It Over" (Levinger, Young, Bauer) – 0:15
- "Rain Song (Don't Let the Rain Bring You Down)" (Corbitt, Pappalardi, Collins) – 3:13
- "Trillium" (Levinger, Young, Bauer) – 3:08
- "Quicksand"* (Young) – 2:41
- "Black Mountain Breakdown" (Levinger, Young, Bauer) – 0:40
- "Sham"* (Young) – 2:44
- "Ride the Wind" (Young) – 6:37
Sundazed released a remastered version with "Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks," 14. Pool Hall Song and 15. Beautiful (alternate version)
- Jesse Colin Young – bass, acoustic guitar on "Sunlight", vocals
- Lowell "Banana" Levinger – guitar, electric piano, backing vocals
- Joe Bauer – drums
- David Lindley – fiddle
- Plas Johnson – tenor saxophone
- Joe Clayton – trumpet
- Victor Feldman – vibraphone
- Charles E. Daniels (Charlie Daniels) – producer
- The Youngbloods and Bob Cullen – producer (Tracks marked *. These three tracks were recorded prior to Jerry Corbitt's departure from the band.)
- Richie Schmidt – engineer
- Hank Cicalo – engineer
- Mickey Crofford – engineer