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The Best of the Youngbloods

The Youngbloods

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Album Review

The Youngbloods were a decent band, and occasionally — if the song was right — even a very good band, but the group's late-'60s brand of folk-rock now sounds kind of like a watery blend of the Byrds and the Lovin' Spoonful, without the artful seriousness of the former or the joyful pop smarts of the latter. This brief compilation has at least two striking tracks, the languid, desperate "Four in the Morning" and the huge, iconic late-'60s hit "Get Together," but it lacks Jerry Corbitt's funky, ragged "Grizzly Bear" and the group's bright California country-rock version of the traditional "Sugar Babe," both of which would have given this sequence a lift. As is, it works as an introduction to this intriguing band only because it doesn't cost much and most folks will be looking for "Get Together" anyway, which is definitely here.


Formed: 1965 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

The Youngbloods could not be considered a major '60s band, but they were capable of offering some mighty pleasurable folk-rock in the late '60s, and produced a few great tunes along the way. One of the better groups to emerge from the East Coast in the mid-'60s, they would temper their blues and jug band influences with gentle California psychedelia, particularly after they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. For most listeners, they're identified almost exclusively...
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