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Triangle

Beau BrummelsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00006RYJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Are You Happy
2. Only Dreaming Now
3. Painter Of Women
4. The Keeper Of Time
5. It Won't Get Better
6. Nine Pound Hammer
7. Magic Hollow
8. And I've Seen Her
9. Triangle
10. The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune
11. Old Kentucky Home

Editorial Reviews

Their 1967 album got critical raves (Lillian Roxon called it "the album that astonished everyone and blew a million minds") for its artful blend of orchestration (from Van Dyke Parks) and the strength of Ron Elliott’s songwriting. A haunting, beautiful record.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron Elliott shows maturing skill as a songwriter June 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of my current soap box arguments is that the Beau Brummels are the best Sixties group that you (a) never heard of or (b) do not remember, even though they were the first American rock band influenced by the Beatles to have a hit ("Laugh, Laugh," produced by Sly Stone, which hit #15 in 1965). They were considered by many to be the first folk-rock group (yes, they were recording before the Byrds) and were also out in front of the San Francisco psychedelic sound. Eventually they even got around to experimenting with country-rock as well by the end of the Sixties. The pan centered around guitarist/songwriter Ron Elliott and lead singer Sal Valentino. Elliott's music was both moody and melodious, and with Valentino the Beau Brummels had one of the finest voices in rock 'n' roll. You just want to know going in that if I can persuade you to check out one Beau Brummel album you are going to end up wanting to track down some more of their music.
After their debut album "Trinagle," a 1967 release, would be the Beau Brummel's second strongest album, avoiding the failing of the efforts in between where original material was sacrificed for weaker covers to try and boister their commercial prospects. Rounding out the group is bass player Ron Meagher, but Van Dyke Parks shows up to play some really nice harpsichord and keyboards on this album. The songs eleven songs on "Triangle" represent the full music spectrum of the Beau Brummels, with folk-rock, country-rock, and British-pop all mixed together. In the wake of "Sgt. Pepper," there is an impulse to think of "Triangle" as also being a concept album, with many of the songs dealing with the mystical aspects of dreams, but the end result is more a consistent theme than a cohesive whole.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untitled July 14, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This superb album reminds us of "Younger Than Yesterday" by the Byrds from the same year. This album effectively mixes country, pop, psychedelia, and folk-rock. "Magic Hollow", "Painter of Women", "Wolf of Velvet Fortune", "I'm Only Dreaming Now", "Triangle", and "Nine Pound Hammer" are just some of the incredible songs the Beau Brummels were writing/covering at the time. Ron Elliot's song writing is very strange, intense, and mystical. How this album slipped out of the public's eye is one of life's great mysteries. This is mainly a critic's album. If your a fan of the Dead, Led Zepplin, or late Pink Floyd you may not like the Beau Brummels or for that matter understand them.There are very few San Fransisco albums this strong. The albums "From The Vaults" and "Bradley's Barn" are also excellent and highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kaleidescopic Jewel For Your Ears December 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is not for everyone as you will discover in the sampling of reviews. I won't repeat the circumstances that led to it's creation or it's undeserved obscurity, that has been done well enough. What I think you need to to consider if you are curious about this release are your feelings about studio production.

It is a LAVISH work, with strings and horn arrangements that are certainly grand by any estimation. The songs are not the personal kind of "Pet Sounds" wannabes as someone suggested, but stories. Intricate, well crafted and diverse tales of mystical characters and dreams mixed with sly commentaries of a more contemporary focus, complimenting each other beautifully. Now if you don't like elaborate studio records, prefering a rougher stripped down approach, this will not be something you are likely to dig. Overdone, you might say. I am firmly in the other camp, as long as the orchestration is done well and suits the artist and material. Here it is magic to my ears, and does reach the heights of late 60s Los Angeles studio quality. My only regret is the length, at about 29 minutes, you want more.

I do think it compares favorably to The Family Tree's "Miss Butters" and, dare I say it," Sgt. Pepper" in it's scope , execution and quality. Despite the brilliance of their earlier singles, this was the Beau Brummels finest moment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An over looked classic April 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This music is haunting and felt deep. I contine to be amazed at the depth of quality in the music, all from a time when albums contained a hit, mayby another good song or two, but was mostly filler. This one is great from the begining to the end. This is like the Beatles Revolver. A dramatic change in direction form thier previous efforts. I especially liked "Magic Hollow"
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5.0 out of 5 stars An over looked classic April 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This music is haunting and felt deep. I contine to be amazed at the depth of quality in the music, all from a time when albums contained a hit, mayby another good song or two, but was mostly filler. This one is great from the begining to the end. This is like the Beatles Revolver. A dramatic change in direction form thier previous efforts. I especially liked "Magic Hallow"
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overllooked 60's gem September 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
If you were hoping for more British invasion influenced pop hits like Laugh, Laugh then this album was/is a disappointment. But if you just want great music, featuring the haunting vocals of Sal Valentino, then this is one of the most overlooked classics of the 60's! Ron Elliot shows his songwriting chops were rising to a whole new level on this more "mature" outing, for what was left of the Brummels. The music here is magical & mystical...baroque folk rock at it's best. Every single song is great! The album is a bit short, but only because these guys don't do instrumental breaks in every song. You don't notice it when listening to the whole album, because the songs are just that good. I personally rank Triangle up there with other overlooked (by the public, not by critics) gems of the 1960's, like Love's Forever Changes & the Zombies' Odessy & Oracle. A true classic.
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