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It’s a Beautiful Day - It’s a Beautiful Day (1969) [Remastered 2001]

Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Folk | Author: artmuss | 4-05-2019, 09:33
It’s a Beautiful Day - It’s a Beautiful Day (1969) [Remastered 2001]Artist: It’s a Beautiful Day
Title Of Album: It’s a Beautiful Day
Year Of Release: 1969/2001
Label (Catalog#): San Francisco Sound [SFS 11790]
Country: United States
Genre: Psychedelic, Folk, Progressive Rock
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 40:26
Full Size: 223 mb

Although they are not one of the better-known San Francisco bands to have emerged from the ballroom circuit of the late '60s and early '70s, It's a Beautiful Day were no less memorable for their unique progressive rock style that contrasted well with the Bay Area psychedelic scene. Led by David LaFlamme (flute/violin/vocals) and his wife, Linda LaFlamme (keyboards), the six-piece unit on this album vacillates between light and ethereal pieces such as the lead-off cut, "White Bird," to the heavier, prog rock-influenced "Bombay Calling." One of the most distinct characteristics of It's a Beautiful Day is their instrumentation. The prominence of David LaFlamme -- former violin soloist with the Utah Symphony and original member of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks -- adds a refinement to It's a Beautiful Day's sound. Likewise, the intricate melodies -- mostly composed by the LaFlammes -- are structured around the band's immense virtuosity, a prime example being the exquisitely haunting harpsichord-driven "Girl With No Eyes." The noir framework, as well as lyrics such as "...she's just a reflection of all of the time I've been high," point rather candidly to the hallucinogenic nature of the song's -- if not the band's -- influences. The same can be said of the languidly eerie "Bulgaria." The almost chant-like quality of the track slowly crescendos into an hypnotic and dreamlike sonic journey -- led by LaFlamme's brilliant violin work. By virtue of being a Bay Area fixture in the late '60s, It's a Beautiful Day could also easily double as a hippie dance band -- which they can also execute with great aplomb -- as the wildly up-tempo "Time Is" amply proves. It's a Beautiful Day remains as a timepiece and evidence of how sophisticated rock & roll had become in the fertile environs of the San Francisco music scene.


1. White Bird 6:12
2. A Hot Summer Day 5:51
3. Wasted Union Blues 4:09
4. Girl With No Eyes 3:51
5. Bombay Calling 4:29
6. Bulgaria 6:14
7. Time Is 9:38

- David LaFlamme / violin, vocals
- Linda LaFlamme / organ, piano, electric piano, celeste, harpsichord
- Hal Wagenet / guitar
- Mitchell Holman / bass
- Val Fuentes / drums
- Pattie Santos / tambourine, bells, block, gourd, vocals

- Bruce Steinberg / harmonica on "Hot Summer Day"



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  • #1: noyoob (23 May 2019 08:58)

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