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The Goldebriars' debut album is clean-cut folk-pop with bright, high female-male harmonies, sometimes foreshadowing the searing high harmonic blends typical of group member (and arranger) Curt Boettcher's later rock productions. At other times it sounds innocuous in a dated way, and redolent of those musical acts that straddle the line between wholesome school assembly entertainment and choruses for commercial jingles. That's a criticism that could be levied at some of Boettcher's more famous work, too, but it's much more pronounced here. It's nonetheless a little more interesting than the usual generic commercial major label folk-pop albums of the dying days of the folk revival, with more of a rhythmic drive (including bass and a bit of tambourine) than many such period recordings. There's a decent variety of material, from traditional folk standards like "No More Auction Block" and singalong spirituals like "Old Time Religion" to originals and "He Was a Friend of Mine."


Formed: 1963 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s

The Goldebriars made a couple of obscure pop-folk albums for Epic in 1964. The group is notable not for their pleasant yet lightweight music, but for the inclusion of a few members who subsequently went on to much more significant projects in rock after the band broke up. The most prominent of these was Curt Boettcher, producer and performer of some of the most highly esteemed California sunshine pop of the '60s with the Association, Sagittarius, and the Millennium. Future Music Machine drummer Ron...
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