The Beau Brummels (album)

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The Beau Brummels
Studio album by The Beau Brummels
Released April 1975
Recorded 1974
Warner Bros. Recording Studios
The Burbank Studios and
Sunwest Recording Studio
Genre Folk rock, country rock, pop rock
Length 32:06
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Lenny Waronker
Ted Templeman
The Beau Brummels chronology
Bradley's Barn
(1968)Bradley's Barn1968
The Beau Brummels
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.0/5 stars[1]

The Beau Brummels is the sixth studio album by the American rock band of the same name. Released in April 1975, the album features the work of all five original band members for the first time since the band's debut album, 1965's Introducing the Beau Brummels. The album peaked at number 180 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart in 1975.

Background and release[edit]

After 1968's Bradley's Barn album, the Beau Brummels, by which time were a duo consisting of lead singer Sal Valentino and guitarist-songwriter Ron Elliott, split.[2] Valentino recorded a few solo singles for Warner Bros. Records before forming a new band, Stoneground, which released three albums between 1971 and 1973. Elliott worked on tracks by The Everly Brothers, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Little Feat, and Pan. Elliott also released a solo album, The Candlestickmaker, in 1970.[2]

In February 1974, Billboard magazine reported that the Beau Brummels re-formed in San Francisco.[3] A resulting self-titled album containing new material was released in April 1975. One song, "You Tell Me Why" was a U.S. top 40 hit for the band in 1965,[4] and was re-worked for this album. "Down To The Bottom" features guest Ronnie Montrose on lead guitar. The Beau Brummels reached number 180 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[5] Music critic Matthew Greenwald of Allmusic said the album was "one of the most successful 'reunion' projects of its time."[6] However, in Valentino's view, "We hadn't performed at all, [the album] showed that we hadn't, and we were out of place."[2]

Although this project started out as a full-fledged reunion of the original members, Ron Meagher left the group during production and before the photo shoot for the back of the album cover, hence only four members shown.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You Tell Me Why" (Elliott) — 3:15
  2. "First in Line" (Elliott, Engle) — 2:59
  3. "Wolf" (Elliott) — 2:23
  4. "Down to the Bottom" (Elliott, Engle) — 3:24
  5. "Tennessee Walker" (Elliott) — 3:14
  6. "Singing Cowboy" (Elliott) — 3:17
  7. "Goldrush" (Elliott, Engle) — 3:20
  8. "The Lonely Side" (Elliott) — 4:34
  9. "Gate of Hearts" (Elliott) — 3:00
  10. "Today By Day" (Elliott, Engle) — 2:36

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 180[5]



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie (2000). Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock. San Francisco: Miller Freeman, Inc. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-87930-616-8. 
  3. ^ "Inside Track". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 86 (6): 62. 1974-02-09. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0. 
  5. ^ a b "The Beau Brummels - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  6. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "The Beau Brummels - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

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