San Fran Sessions

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San Fran Sessions
Box set by The Beau Brummels
Released June 11, 1996
Recorded 1964-1966; Golden State Recorders, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genre Folk rock, pop, rock
Length 141:52
Language English
Label Sundazed
Producer Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart, The Beau Brummels

San Fran Sessions is a box set compilation which collects 60 demos, outtakes, rarities and unissued performances recorded by The Beau Brummels from 1964 to 1966. The three-disc set, released by Sundazed Records on June 11, 1996, includes alternate takes of the band's singles "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little", as well as early versions of songs that were likely targeted for their never-completed third album on Autumn Records.

Background[edit]

In addition to demos and alternate takes of some of the Beau Brummels' early material, San Fran Sessions contains songs—such as "I Grow Old", "Gentle Wandering Ways", "Dream On", "Love is Just a Game", "This is Love", and "Hey Love"—that were recorded in 1965 and early 1966 and were likely planned for the band's third album on Autumn Records.[1] Ultimately, the album was never finished because the entire Autumn roster, including the Beau Brummels, was transferred in early 1966 to Warner Bros. Records, who wanted the band to record an album of cover versions of recent hits.[2] The result was Beau Brummels '66, released in July.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Author and music journalist Richie Unterberger said San Fran Sessions "should only be acquired by serious fans of the band" and added, "from a historical viewpoint, it's interesting in that it presents a lot of previously unheard Sal Valentino-penned tunes (Ron Elliott wrote most of the songs that ended up on official releases)".[4] Unterberger favorably compared the previously unreleased tracks to the rest of the band's Autumn material,[1] praising the band's "beautifully sad harmonies and glittering guitar arrangements".[4] He noted the album also features "substantially different versions of officially released songs like "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "Still in Love with You Baby"   Elliott early version 2:30
2. "It's So Nice"   Valentino demo 1:45
3. "Love Is Just a Game"   Elliott demo 2:33
4. "Just a Little"   Durand, Elliott alternate version 1 2:30
5. "Just Wait and See"   Elliott early version 2:04
6. "How Many Times"   Elliott demo 2:04
7. "Stay With Me Awhile"   Valentino demo 3:23
8. "I Will Go"   Elliott demo 2:37
9. "Laugh, Laugh"   Elliott alternate version 3:21
10. "Sad Little Girl"   Elliott demo 4:10
11. "She's My Girl"   Mulligan demo 2:24
12. "Talk to Me"   Mulligan demo 1:13
13. "Before Darkness Ends"   Valentino demo 2:28
14. "Hey Love"   Valentino demo 2:28
15. "That's All That Matters"   Elliott   2:37
16. "I Want More Loving"   Elliott alternate vocal 2:22
17. "I Will Love You Still"   Valentino demo 1:24
18. "Just a Little"   Durand, Elliott alternate version 2 2:20
19. "News"   Valentino demo 1:52
20. "Woman"   Durand, Elliott demo 1:11

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "Sometime at Night"   Durand, Elliott alternate vocal 1:48
2. "Sad Little Girl"   Elliott alternate version 1 4:18
3. "I'll Tell You"   Elliott   2:42
4. "When It Comes to Your Love"   Elliott Village of the Giants version 2:10
5. "Can't Be So"   Elliott demo 2:15
6. "That's Alright"   Valentino demo 2:19
7. "No Lonelier Man"   Elliott demo 1:58
8. "She Loves Me"   Mulligan demo 3:08
9. "Can It Be"   Durand, Elliott demo 2:17
10. "Forget It Babe"   Valentino demo 3:22
11. "Woman"   Durand, Elliott instrumental 2:45
12. "No Lonelier Man"   Elliott demo 1:41
13. "Tomorrow Is Another Day"   Elliott demo 2:43
14. "I'm Alone Again"   Elliott demo 1:26
15. "Kill"   Elliott demo 1:39
16. "When It Comes to Your Love"   Elliott demo 1:50
17. "Sad Little Girl"   Elliott alternate version 2 3:04
18. "Sometime at Night"   Durand, Elliott alternate version 1:50
19. "On the Road Again"   Valentino demo 3:13
20. "Pity the Fool"   Elliott demo 1:41

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "She Sends Me"   Elliott   2:02
2. "Fine With Me"   Durand, Elliott   2:24
3. "Friend of Mine"   Elliott demo 2:29
4. "Gentle Wandering Ways"   Elliott   2:41
5. "This Is Love"   Valentino demo 2:12
6. "This Is Love"   Valentino   2:12
7. "I Grow Old"   Durand, Elliott version 1 2:06
8. "Dream On"   Elliott   2:26
9. "Till the Day"   Elliott demo 1:58
10. "I'll Go Now"   Valentino demo 3:23
11. "Down on Me"   Elliott   2:27
12. "I Cannot Hide"   Elliott demo 2:22
13. "Let Me In"   Elliott   2:15
14. "Cry Some"   Elliott   2:34
15. "What Do You Want"   Elliott demo 2:33
16. "Hey Love"   Valentino   3:01
17. "I Grow Old"   Durand, Elliott version 2 2:01
18. "Find a Place"   Valentino demo 2:06
19. "I Will Go"   Elliott instrumental 2:43
20. "Coming Home"   Elliott demo 2:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie (2000). Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock. San Francisco: Miller Freeman, Inc. pp. 178, 183. ISBN 978-0-87930-616-8. 
  2. ^ a b Cohen, Elliot Stephen (2008-04-24). "Beau Brummels Look to Rewrite History with Greatest-Hits Package". Goldmine. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "San Fran Sessions - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-03-27. 

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