10 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In broad terms, The Youngbloods picked up where their fellow New Yorkers The Lovin' Spoonful left off, mixing folk and blues influences with pop savvy and rock 'n' roll energy. This collection came out in 1970, when there were only three Youngbloods studio albums; it captures the band in what many regard as their golden period and finds them still keeping in close touch with their roots. For much of this anthology, the band cover old blues and folk tunes (misleading writing credits notwithstanding) like "Sugar Babe," "C.C. Rider," and "Grizzly Bear" (the latter adapted from the blues song "This Morning She Was Gone"). But the more modern side of their sound shines through on the evergreen hit "Get Together," the moody, minor-key "Darkness, Darkness" (later covered by everyone from Robert Plant to Richie Havens), and the chamber pop of "Quicksand." Despite its brevity, The Best of The Youngbloods is an excellent introduction to one of the most underappreciated bands of the '60s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In broad terms, The Youngbloods picked up where their fellow New Yorkers The Lovin' Spoonful left off, mixing folk and blues influences with pop savvy and rock 'n' roll energy. This collection came out in 1970, when there were only three Youngbloods studio albums; it captures the band in what many regard as their golden period and finds them still keeping in close touch with their roots. For much of this anthology, the band cover old blues and folk tunes (misleading writing credits notwithstanding) like "Sugar Babe," "C.C. Rider," and "Grizzly Bear" (the latter adapted from the blues song "This Morning She Was Gone"). But the more modern side of their sound shines through on the evergreen hit "Get Together," the moody, minor-key "Darkness, Darkness" (later covered by everyone from Robert Plant to Richie Havens), and the chamber pop of "Quicksand." Despite its brevity, The Best of The Youngbloods is an excellent introduction to one of the most underappreciated bands of the '60s.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
28 Ratings
28 Ratings
quebuzz ,

Greatness

One of the great albums from the "Abbey Road" - "Let It Bleed" era. Bar room rowdy... feet up on the back porch... driving 75. Doesnt matter. These tracks will make your playlist. Chart friendly but remarkably original. Later efforts get bogged down with laborous and not so inspired story telling. This is the one to get.

lilbro22 ,

good 70 music

thi is the kind of 70 music that is good. bettr then the otheres

Run til you puke ,

The song that saved the world

We used to sing Get Together in Catholic church in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 70s. I always thought that song to be the song from Bill and Ted's Big Adventure, the song that brought peace to the world.

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