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Bradley's Barn

Beau BrummelsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00006RYJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turn Around
2. An Added Attraction
3. Deep Water
4. Long Walking Down To Misery
5. Little Bird
6. Cherokee Girl
7. I'm A Sleeper
8. Loneliest Man In Town
9. Love Can Fall A Long Way Down
10. Jessica
11. Bless You California

Editorial Reviews

Bradley’s Barn was the famed studio of Nashville producer Owen Bradley, where the ’Brummels went to record this 1968 classic. And—how could it not?—the band’s country accent became even more pronounced than on Triangle, though they retained those trademark folk-rock harmonic flourishes.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bradley's Barn: A Lost Classic March 27, 2003
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San Francisco's Beau Brummels were amoung the first of the the American counter-invasion bands of 1965. Songs like "Laugh Laugh" and "Just A Little" were big hits and revealed an unusual mastery of harmonics and songcraft that many of "ragged but right" garage bands of the counter-invasion lacked. The Brummels, like the Byrds in L.A., were firmly imbeded in the folk rock explosion which placed an empasis on chiming guitars, minor chord progressions and haunting vocal atmospherics. It was the shimering songcraft of Ron Elliot and the Sal Valentino's expressive vocals that distinguished the Brummels for any number of Beatle wannabe bands in America in 1965.
By 1968 the Brummels were pared down from a quintet to the duo of Elliot and Valentino. In 1967, as a trio, they had recorded "Triangle" which earned the respect of the undergound rock critics but never gained a large audience. It was arguably one of the best releases of 1967, but the long shadow cast by a new wave of psychedelic bands doomed "Triangle" to the lower reaches of sales charts. "Bradley's Barn", recorded one year later was the Brummel's swansong and has become a page that was torn from the book of rock history. Elliot and Valentino went to Nashville to record the album in the famed studio named for Owen Bradley, the legendary country music producer. The excellent Nashville hired studio guns are so good they sound as if they have been members of the Brummels for years. Elliot's maturity as a songwritter shines on cuts like "Cherokee Girl", "Turn Around" and "Deep Water". There is not a single throwaway track on the entire album. Valentino's bittersweet vocals are well suited to the Brummel's new countrified context and the rough-hewn expressivness of his vocals rivals that of his peer Gene Clark of the Byrds.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn around, go to Rhino Handmade and buy this album! January 15, 2012
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While the music of the Beau Brummels is perhaps not for everybody (though I honestly can't see why not), I absolutely fell in love with it at first listen. I have recently come to their music via Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman and Lenny Waronker. I am fortunate enough to have some great independent music stores close by, and not long ago picked up the Collector's Choice editions of both Triangle and Bradley's Barn. All of their songs are filled with clever hooks and arrangements, their upbeat tunes are catchy and intense, their slower numbers emotional, gripping and ethereal. Both of the aforementioned albums total about an hour together, and I felt the need to track down more of their Warner Brothers recordings, leading me to this edition of Bradley's Barn.

For any fan who doesn't already have most of this material (I guess you could have it on the Magic Hollow boxed set, though I hear most of that is in mono), this is a no brainer. Absolutely all of the material included here is top notch, from the actual session out-takes (Tan Oak Tree, Another), period B sides (the hook filled frenzy of Lift Me), vastly different alternate and demo versions of album tracks (Deep Water, Lift Me, a very Triangle period sounding Jessica, a low key Valentino only Come And See Me). There are a number of Sal Valentino solo efforts, though these still feature Elliott as well as Newman and Van Dyke Parks, and a slew of very strong tracks recorded between Triangle and Bradley's Barn that simply never saw release, though these are also incredibly strong (High There, Confessions, Black Crow, Just a Little Bit of Lovin', I Love You Mama, Bittersweet, Long Black Veil).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beau Brummels go out in (Country) style May 31, 2003
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One thing about the Sixties was that everybody was experimenting musically and not just the Beatles. The Beau Brummels were the first rock group (they were out there before the Byrds at least) and they also dabbled seriously in psychadelia. Then in 1968 producer Lenny Waronker had the band in Nashville to record "Bradley's Barn." Actually, at this point the Beau Brummels were down to just two members, vocalist Sal Valentino and guitarist Ron Elliott. Joining them on this album were two of the finest sessions musicians in Nashville, guitarist Jerry Reed and drummer Kenneth Buttrey (both had worked with Bob Dylan). The end result is that musically the group sounded as fine as it ever had, if not better, albeit now playing country rock instead of folk/psychadelic. However credit has to be given to the songwriting as well, particularly "Turn Around," "Deep Water," and "Cherokee Girl." The only non-original song is the final track, "Bless You California" by Randy Newman. Unfortunately, this was the last album the Beau Brummels record for Warners. However, with "Bradley's Barn" and their 1967 album "Triangle," they proved themselves to be pretty good at experimenting with various musical styles. The more you listen to them, the more you might be inclined to think that the Beau Brummels are the best of the essentially forgotten Sixties groups. They are worth rediscovering.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun "Classic" November 6, 2006
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Bradley's Barn was, for years, the Holy Grail among Beau Brummels albums. Revered by critics, ignored by consumers at the time of its release, and out of print forever. That, unfortunately is the making of a "classic" in the hype sense of the word. Fortunately, this album is better than all of that. It's the kind of album the Grateful Dead may have been reaching for when they caught the "country" bug a year later. Bradley's Barn deserves to be heard and appreciated by all who enjoy Working Man's Dead and American Beauty. The lyrics are engaging without being impossibly oblique and the music is delightful, whether you are just sitting and being mentally swept away or on your feet dancing. Enjoy!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The great lost Alt-Country classic!
When renowned producer Lenny Waronker convinced the Beau Brummels to gather together for yet another outing, the remaining members, singer Sal Valentino and guitar-virtuoso Ron... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark Kozera
5.0 out of 5 stars Please See The Reviews For The 2012 Reissue
A classic! One of the Best! Ahead of It's Time! See my review under the 2012 Limited Edition Reissue. These guys along with The Flying Burrito Bros. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by TMS
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Those Coulda, Shoulda Bands
I was living in the Bay Area in '65 thru 68 and this was my favorite group. All my friends couldn't understand me or the band. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by TMS
5.0 out of 5 stars nashville b , new release of this out soon.
this one is due out again with 35 extra tracks! from rhino music. so check out their website.
The bb's really did a great job here with their early country rockin classic. Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THESE SONGS TOO
It took years to find this thing. I used to listen to Cousin Brucie out of WBZ Boston and heard all the hits, among which were Laugh, Laugh and Just a Little by the Beau Brummels. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by OLD GUY.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pioneers of Country-Rock
Bradley's Barn was the last album that Beau Brummels released before their first split up around 1968. ( They reformed in 1975 to do another album ). Read more
Published on August 15, 2006 by Morten Vindberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Bradley's Barn (almost) gets its due
Five years ago I was excited to find that Bradley's Barn, along with Triangle, were available as a Warner Brothers import. Read more
Published on May 15, 2006 by Gordon Pfannenstiel
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype
Unlike 1967's overrated "Triangle" LP (in which Ron Elliott tried for a "Pet Sounds" but had to settle for a "Sunshine Superman"), Bradley's Barn deserves its lofty reputation. Read more
Published on April 24, 2006 by wordnat
4.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 -- Artistic end to a great band
This 1968 release represents the swansong for the original incarnation of the Beau Brummels. Though they'd regroup in the next decade for a reunion album, this Warner release is... Read more
Published on September 3, 2005 by hyperbolium
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beau Brummels Ever
Just before my vinyl copy wore out, I made a (very scratchy) copy on CD from it. It sufficed for a year or three until this CD was finally released. Hallelujah! Read more
Published on February 19, 2005 by John Kell
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