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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000348X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Laugh, Laugh
2. Still in Love With You Baby
3. Just A Little
4. They'll Make You Cry - Beau Brummels
5. You Tell Me Why
6. Don't Talk To Strangers
7. In Good Time
8. When It Comes To Your Love
9. Sad Little Girl
10. Gentle Wandering Ways
11. One Too Many Mornings
12. Here We Are Again
13. Fine With Me
14. Don't Make Promises
15. Two Days Till Tomorow
16. Magic Hollow
17. Are You Happy
18. Deep Water

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A notch or two above The Grass Roots and The Mamas and Papas, and more than a few steps below The Byrds, the early Beau Brummels took the indulgently blissful sound of '60s San Fancisco rock into a folkier, borderline country direction (and would in fact later play solid country rock). Led by guitarist/writer Ron Elliott, the Brummels made a virtue of innocence and joyful bounce, and benefited from Sly Stone's energetic production. Hits include "Laugh, Laugh," "Sad Little Girl," and a pleasant take on Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings." There may not be much substance or invention here, but 30 years later, the Brummels still sound catchy. --Roy Francis Kasten

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The rich, warbling tremolo gives me chills every time.
Johnny Hodges
The beat is very catchy and memorable; this tune shines and sounds great as they harmonize, sing and play their instruments to perfection--and beyond.
Matthew G. Sherwin
For anyone who loves sixties music but doesn't know the Beau Brummels, this album is be something of a shock.
Robert Moore

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Beau Brummels crafted two terrific pop songs: "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little," which went to No. 15 and No. 8 respectively during the first five months of 1965. [Historical footnote: Sly Stone produced "Laugh, Laugh."]
Though they formed in San Francisco, the band took its name from the English dandy George Bryan "Beau" Brummell, because the British Invasion virtually required American groups to present themselves as being somehow British to be accepted by an American audience infatuated with the Beatles, the Stones, etc.
The Brummels hit the Top 40 a third (and final) time in 1965 with "You Tell Me Why." The song had a very Byrds-like quality to it, but the song only went to No. 38 and dropped off the chart after a week. [Leo Kottke resurrected the song on his 1974 album Ice Water, claiming Sal Valentino was one of his favorite singers.]
Tracks like "They'll Make You Cry" and the failed single "Don't Talk to Strangers" continued in a folk-rock vein. An attempt at covering Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" in 1966 went only to No. 95--the Brummels' last chart single.
In the wake of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, the Brummels recorded the experimental album Triangle. "Magic Hollow" and "Are You Happy" are from this album.
In 1968 they recorded in Nashville and released Bradley's Barn (represented on this collection by "Deep Water"), where they branched out into country-rock territory. Shortly after, the band split up. [Although they did reunite in 1975 to release The Beau Brummels before disbanding for good.]
All told, this is an enjoyable reminder of fun and experimentation of the mid-sixties. RECOMMENDED
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John A. Kuczma on May 6, 2000
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The Beau Brummels may very well have been the best rock vocal quartet to find themselves in the right place at the wrong time. Their recording career spanned the years 1964 through 1968, a time when radio air play meant just about everything and groups that couldn't be conveniently classified as rock/folk/country/whatever had a difficult time getting played. Unfortunately, the country-flavored rock style of the Brummels was too smooth and too vocally sound for them to be portrayed as "revolutionary" or "Bad-boys", so this tremendously talented foursome slogged along with moderate commercial success and a very loyal, avid group of followers.
Laugh, Laugh and Just a Little are the big success stories featured on this album. Perhaps the best musical offering is the beautiful, melancholy "Sad Little Girl" with its haunting, intricate harmonies and enchanting guitar work. Another gem is the heart-broken, questioning ballad "You Tell Me Why."
Ultimately, the album, like the group, defies description or classification. Like many of the best evolving out of the response to the original "Mersey Sound" (the Brummels were from San Francisco, not Liverpool!), the Beau Brummels' musical style was theirs alone. This compilation is a fitting tribute to a group that was well ahead of its time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of the frustrating things about the sixties is that many of the finest bands of the era are now forgotten, while lesser bands enjoy far more attention than they deserved either then or now. The Beau Brummels can be something of a shock to a contemporary listener, not because they were a groundbreaking band or because they sound revolutionary, but because the excellence of their songs stand in such contrast to their relative anonymity.
For anyone who loves sixties music but doesn't know the Beau Brummels, this album is be something of a shock. They sometimes sound like other great sixties groups. Sometimes like the Byrds with rougher harmonies, sometimes like the Lovin' Spoonful in their harder rocking moments, and like all pop bands in the sixties sometimes like the Beatles. But they in the end sound like their own band more than the imitators of anyone else. This fine disc from Rhino is stuffed with great singles from their various albums. It is hard to imagine now that almost none of these songs were hits. "Laugh, Laugh" was their biggest one, and it is truly a great pop classic, with a great, catchy chorus and marvelous change-of-pace verses. But their only other song to chart was "You Tell Me Why," a slow, lilting number with several hooks that sound borrowed from the Byrds and Dylan. How such killer cuts like "Don't Talk to Strangers" or "Just a Little" failed is inexplicable. Along with the hits, or songs that should have been hits, is a bunch of fun and interesting numbers, like their superb cover of Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By From the Oregon Country on March 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just a brief observation: In this boomer's opinion, the Beau Brummels were a great 60's group which, for a number of reasons, never reached their full potential, or got adequate recognition for the music they put out. The song-writing talents of Ron Elliott, the instrumental talents of the whole group, and Sal V.'s vocals, add up to a great listening experience. One of my favorites from the era of the British Invasion, the San Francisco group was really the first American group to successfully produce that sound, yet stay original. Buy the album and enjoy!
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