Verified Purchase. Released in "Loosen Up Naturally" was actually their second album the first recorded on Trident Records in was never released.
This is a great album from great musicians they should have received much more attention. But their label Capitol Records was busy promoting the likes of The Beatles and didn't have time for "The Sons" as they would later be called. But I liked it then and actually it doesn't sound dated, try it you'll like it!!! All three albums from the Capitol Records days.
Loosen Up Naturally was always my favorite album by The Sons. I hear details in this remaster that I don't hear in my vinyl records and that goes for Follow Your Heart too. I'm glad these are released again. Bill Champlain's voice is superb. Te he first album is a gem; the second is a POS, and according to the liner notes that's what the Sons thought; the third album is just plain weak.
I think the Sons did two great albums; their first included in this collection and their 4th, Welcome to the Dance. The rest just aren't the good. Another great set by them is their Santa Rosa reunion CD. Only get this set if it is the only way you can get the first album. This is one of the best albums I've ever had.
It blew me away back then and I will never forget what an impact it had on me in my formative years! I rate this as a 10, but could only put in 5 stars Buy it I originally heard this back in 67'or 68' and was bowled over by side four Freedom of the album version.
While most California groups were playing rock or psychedelic music, they were different. I have the vinyl album version that I bought in 67'or 68' after first hearing it. It has great original songs and musicianship.
The album was not released and the Sons left Trident Records. The group followed up with The Sons released that fall. To promote this album The Sons set out on a two-month national tour, culminating with an engagement at the Fillmore East. However, this tour strained relations between the members and in February , The Sons broke up.
However, The Sons broke up once more following the album's release in April, When the group reformed again in the summer it featured a new rhythm section, with drummer Bill Vitt and bassist David Schallock from Big Brother and the Holding Company replacing Bowen and Strong, respectively. After recording their Columbia album, Welcome to the Dance , as a five piece, The Sons once again added a horn section, which included Mark Isham , now a film scorer and composer, on trumpet and synthesizer.
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The results are strikingly different from the other San Francisco bands of the period. Put Janis Joplin in front of this band and the history of the world might have been different. Some comments attributed to Champlin in the booklet that accompanies this rerelease are striking. He whines about why the band was held back with some of the lamest excuses imagineable. This supposedly destroyed any impetus the band had generated.
When you consider the setbacks other bands have overcome these excuses are laughable. Check out my Sons of Champlin website. Everything you hear on that album was played by guys in their twenties. Hello Sunlight. Things Are Getting Better. The Sons of Champlin. The Thing to Do Steven Tollestrup. Misery Isn't Free Steven Tollestrup. Rooftop Steven Tollestrup. Everywhere Steven Tollestrup.
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