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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B001AI7KFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sweet Summer Blue and Gold
2. If I Were You
3. Just a Little Bit of Rain
4. Bicycle Song (Soon Now)
5. Orion
6. Wild About My Lovin'
7. Back Home
8. Meredith (On My Mind)
9. Train and the River
10. All the Beautiful Things
11. 2:10 Train
12. December Dream
13. Song About the Rain
14. Autumn Afternoon
15. I've Got To Know
16. Evergreen Part One
17. Evergreen Part Two
18. Different Drum
19. Driftin'
20. One For One
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For the first time on one CD, Raven presents two original albums from the purveyors of some of the finest Californian folk-rock of the 1960s - THE STONE PONEYS. The Stone Poneys Featuring Linda Ronstadt and Evergreen Vol. 2 (both 1967) helped define a sound and style that remains pure and enticing to this day. As writer Richie Unterberger states in his liner notes, lead singer Linda Ronstadt's clear powerful vocals were the band's focal point and strongest asset. Their debut album is dominated by close harmonies and strong original material by the group's guitarists Bob Kimmell and Ken Edwards - 'Sweet Summer Blue and Gold', 'All the Beautiful Things' - plus sublime covers of Fred Neil's 'Just a Little Bit of Rain' and the traditional 'Wild about My Lovin'. The follow up LP contained their biggest hit, the memorable cover of Mike Nesmith's 'Different Drum' (Billboard Pop #13) plus other songs in a similar vein like 'December Dream', 'Autumn Afternoon' and the two-part 'Evergreen'. The band broke up recording their third album, leaving Ronstadt to finish it with session-men. Highlights included covers of Nesmith's 'Some of Shelly's Blues', Laura Nyro's 'Stoney End' and Tim Buckley's 'Hobo' - added here as bonus tracks - which gave an indication of the country-rock direction Ronstadt would pursue as part of her enormously successful solo career into the 1970s. With detailed liner notes, period images and superb audio quality. Raven. 2008.

Customer Reviews

The sound by Raven, a deluxe licensing label is lustrous and perfect as usual.
They actually seem to be done by people who listen to, and actually dig what is good or unique about an artist).
Larry from Brooklyn
It has been great hearing some old songs I already knew from the LP and learning new songs.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on July 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Often thought of as a Sunset Strip version of Peter, Paul, and Mary because of their two-men/one-woman line-up and their basic acoustically-inclined folk-rock sound, the Stone Poneys, though they only stuck around a short time (their break-up happening more or less in the spring of 1968) and were never hugely successful, clearly benefited from the songwriting strengths of the guys, Bobby Kimmel and Ken Edwards, and the vocal strength of their lead singer, a young Arizonan named Linda Ronstadt. And after much prodding, Capitol/EMI has finally seen fit to release the official two albums of the trio, plus tracks from a third Stone Poneys album that was mostly Linda plus members of the L.A. session mafia, onto a complete CD.

This collection shows among other things that, if the Stone Poneys never got to be as successful as Peter, Paul, and Mary, the Byrds, or the Mamas and the Papas, it sure wasn't for lack of trying. Among the original folk-rooted Kimmel/Edwards compositions like "Meredith (On My Mind)" and "Evergreen", which, besides featuring great vocal harmony work also have occasional splashes of sitar, there's a heartfelt version of the Fred Neil composition "Just A Little Bit Of Rain" that gives us the first indication of where Linda would take her big, untrained voice, along with the Pam Polland-composed "I've Got To Know."

And a review of this collection would not be complete without mentioning the song that serves not only as the lynchpin of the piece, but the lynchpin of Linda's entire career, the Mike Nesmith-penned folk-rock classic "Different Drum", which, thanks to going to #1 on L.A. radio late in 1967, would subsequently hit #13 nationally in January 1968.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By treblephone on February 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
* The version of 'Different Drum' on here is the same stereo version of the 45 edit as on the Capitol US 'Evergreen Volume 2' CD. [The original vinyl LP version has a longer harpsichord solo in the instrumental break, and to my knowledge has never been reissued in its original form on CD.]

*The version of 'Stoney End' is the basic recorded track, sans the string overdubs on the original LP version. Don't know that this version has been released elsewhere before; it's not marked as an alternate mix on the packaging.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Shepherd on January 9, 2008
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The Stone Poneys emerged with the Michael Nesmith tune "Different Drum" in late 1967, but was not even the tip of the iceberg of the tunes I was about to hear on the album that spawned the hit single. The opening track, "December Dream" sets the mood of the album perfectly, with a string quartet and harpsichord backdrop and a young Linda Ronstadt singing in her classic lullabye syle. The magic continues in tracks such as "Song About The Rain" and the title cut "Evergreen" in two parts. I've always felt the two parts should always be enjoyed as a whole and have programmed it as such in my music library. Of corse, more commercial tracks ("I'd Like To Know" and "New Hard Times") at first may sound intrusive, but on repeated listenings, I grew accustumed to them. This is one of those albums that, to my mind, stands with Pet Sounds and Rubber Soul. Listen to the music clips and you'll be glad to fork over a small fortune for used copies of this disc. Seriously, though, I do hope they put the three Stone Poneys CDs out again for those who missed them the first time. This is by far the best one of the three, but the other two have some great tracks as well. That said, they serve as a nice prelude to the first four solo albums on Capitol by Linda.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 22, 2013
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I know this has been reviewed by a number of people, but I thought it needed some more attention after all this time.

I was listening to the early L.A. sounds of THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, Tim Buckley, along with the lone album by THE GENTLE SOUL, and some early things by THE PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY (who previously released several singles as THE ASHES), and I happened to think about Linda Ronstadt's version of "Different Drum", the song made popular by THE STONE PONEYS. I've always had a weakness for L.A. folk-rock/country-rock, so I also pulled out the two albums by HEARTS AND FLOWERS-but that's another story.

Aside from their one great radio hit, THE STONE PONEYS didn't really leave much of a mark on the music scene or with the public. And that's too bad. I feel that they were one of the finest exponents of folk-rock (especially their first album) from that entire era. The trio had two good songwriters in Bob Kimmel, and Ken Edwards, both who also played acoustic guitars (and the sitar on occasion), and provided harmony vocals and the occasional lead vocal, and of course there was Ronstadt's beautiful voice. Her early vocal sound had a slight earthy clarity to it, that would be smoothed out when she went on to solo fame.

This is true folk-rock, when the music was closer to actual folk based music. Listen to "Train and the River" and "All the Beautiful Things" for examples of true folk-rock from it's early period. And then listen to "December Dream" to hear how the music was changing-listen to the vocal arrangement, and then listen to the instrumental background, with the use of strings and a harpsichord. This is a small but important look at how musical ideas were changing at such a rapid pace.
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