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Closer to the Ground Import

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UK reissue of the Berkeley folk-rock group's 1971 sophomore album, produced by John Palladino (Quicksilver Messenger Service). Acadia. 2004.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Closer To The Ground
  2. Blues For A Friend
  3. New Colorado Blues
  4. Humpty Dumpty
  5. Thousand Miles
  6. Sometimes Like A River
  7. Pilot
  8. War You Left
  9. First Time, Last Time
  10. Laugh, Don’T Laugh


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Acadia Records
  • ASIN: B0003021BS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By shirley on December 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
if you missed Joy of Cookings 2 albums and Zepher from the same time period, you missed some of the very best music of the late 60's early 70's. These are necessary to add to your collection. I was thrilled to see these remastered and released on CD. What a treat
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When my vinyl copy of CttG finally wore out, I was really bummed to discover that Capitol Records only saw fit to release a random collection off of all three of Joy of Cooking's albums with American Originals. Finally, the producers at Acadia have preserved a really great slice of music from the early '70s. Listening to the album again after so many years, it was really a rush to hear songs left off the AO CD, such as Blues for a Friend, A Thousand Miles and Sometimes Like a River. This album of the three JOC put together I liked the best, but all of their music is classic (folk) rock. Their rereleased CDs are all going on the same shelf as my Ten Years After, John Mayall, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hendrix and Albert King CDs among the other greats of the era. I'd highly recommend turning on the lava lamp, dabbing a splash of patchouli and giving in to the Joy.
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Toni Brown, Terry Garthwaite....

Before Heart was a dream in those girls eyes, these two women were rocking it hard, but with feeling. I heard this on vinyl when I was the tender young age of 13 ( circa 1971 ) and besides thinking Toni Brown was totally hot, the music really hit me, with lines like "No use looking to the other side, when your living right down here."

Closer to the Ground ( title track ) Hard growly vocals, great driving bass line, edgy lyrics.

New Colorado Blues, plaintive yet hopeful with a great melody.

Closer to the ground, if fact all of "Joy of Cooking" should be in your music collection if you want to have a clue about the SF music scene in the late 60's.

Pick this plumb while you can.
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So I first had this in the very early seventies, and am really pleaed to reaquire them and realize how those jazzy ladies' music has just worn so well. They're great!
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How lucky I felt when I discovered that an album by Joy of Cooking was available for download. It had been much too long since I heard their music. And they were so amazing. I often heard them in concert in the San Francisco Bay Area when I lived there. In the era of the 60's and early 70s, Joy of Cooking was the one band that was good at every single concert. Listening to their musice once more, I was pleased to be reminded how magical they truly were.
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Like previous reviewers, I pretty much wore out my vinyl copy of this wonderful album long ago, and then had to wait too many years for it to be released on CD at last. Well, it was worth the wait! As good & rich as their debut album was, the Joy of Cooking upped their game considerably with this second release, laying down funkier grooves & singing with enough passion & tenderness & longing to tear out anyone's soul. As before, Toni brings the folkier element to the album (though she can get into the rhythm like nobody's business when she wants), while Terry brings her bluesy, jazzy side, all sass & broken-hearted aching; and as before, they blend to perfection.

It made a difference that they were a bit older than the usual musicians of the day, with more time & experience behind them. These were women, not girls, and they'd lived enough to gain a fair amount of hard-won wisdom. That shows in their work. When they sing about loss or regret, you can feel it because they've been through it; and even their songs of unabashed love are colored by a certain melancholy that comes from having lost a few youthful illusions along the way. This is a band that never truly got its due -- it's about time they were finally recognized for being as good as they were -- most highly recommended!
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Like Cat Stevens, John Mayall, and Joni Mitchell, Joy of Cooking both touches your soul and makes you want to dance. I have their albums from the 70s, and I am grateful and relieved that their music has been preserved.
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