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The story goes that record exec David Geffen brought John David Souther, Chris Hillman and Richie Furay together in a deliberate attempt to recreate the chemistry of Crosby, Stills and Nash. From the start, this alliance of three mismatched country-rock talents seemed a dubious proposition, and though The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band’s 1974 self-titled debut does have merit, it fails to cohere into a unified statement. The best way to appreciate the album is by sampling the individual contributions of its members. Souther’s tunes range from wry sketches of jaded gigolos (“The Heartbreaker”) to afterhours meditations on faithless love (“Pretty Goodbyes,””Deep, Dark and Dreamless”). Furay brings the same sort of genial energy he displayed as Poco’s leader to the galloping “Fallin’ in Love” and the tender-hearted “Believe Me.” Ex-Byrd Hillman’s offerings have a bluegrass-meets-Bakersfield quality — “Heavenly Fire” and “Rise and Fall” anticipate his subsequent (and stronger) work with the Desert Rose Band. The group’s support players — particularly keyboardist Paul Harris and drummer Jim Gordon — add sonic definition to these mostly guitar-centered songs. Though it flounders as a whole, the SHF Band’s first effort provides moments worth picking out and savoring.

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Souther Hillman Furay (SHF) was a "supergroup" that never quite got super successful. Souther is JD Souther whose biggest claim to fame was writing and co-writing a bunch of the Eagles' best and most popular songs. He has also put out a number of albums on his own, all pretty decent if a bit idiosyncratic and blue. Hillman is Chris Hillman, Byrds' bassist, co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers, founder and leader of the Desert Rose Band and one of the most influential artists to shape country rock and modern country. An incredible band leader. Furay is Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield then Poco. Furay became born-again and kind of lost to the public at the same time. But, at this time, he was at his prime as a songwriter and singer. SHF put out two albums. This was the first. I think the material is uneven. Some of it is great. Some is just so-so. Too bad they didn't reach into their incredibly deep repertoire, throw out the weak stuff and cover some other songwriters to make this album and group what it really should have been. That said, take advantage of the opportunity to buy only the songs worth buying and these are: Fallin' in Love, Believe Me, Border Town (this one absolutely and even if you buy no others - it rocks!) and Pretty Goodbyes. Enjoy.

SHF

Much like a fine wine this group needed time to age. This group in its time fell short of anyones expectations especially considering the emmence talent lineup. Probably the contrived concept by the record excecs failed to give this group the time it needed .The playing is good however the songs sound like many of the ones heard from these players previous bands. I played this lot the summer it came out , it's not a complete dud just not what it could have or should have been. Down load "Rise & Fall" written for Grahm Parsons.

Eagles Petigree

First heard this album summer of '77, give or take. For 3 summers, early in my teaching career, I had a summer job at the Casino-By-The-Sea night club in Falmouth, on Cape Cod. I would come in about 6 a.m., make myself a Kaluha-based milk shake, watch the sunrise over Vinyard Sound, and listen to this album, Bruce Springsteen, and Root-Boy Slim's "Boogie Till You Puke", while I mopped puddles of spilled beer off the floor and swabbed vomit, beer bottles, and god-knows-what out of the toilets. Needless to say, this album has a particular, or should I say, peculiar, place in my consciousness! While I was not aware of the JD Souther connection at the time, I enjoyed this album so much, in part, because it reminded me of the Eagles. It wasn't till tonight, 10/16/09, while reading the post by GranolaBrad, that I was aware of Souther's part in all this. Of course, it now makes so much sense! It is not a consistant album, but, personally, I really like tracks 1,2,5,6, and 10 .... I don't know if Souther penned these tracks, but they are the ones in which I hear the Eagles connection ......

Biography

Formed: 1973 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Formed in 1973 at the urging of Asylum Records president David Geffen, Souther-Hillman-Furay was the offspring of just about every notable country-rock band. Richie Furay was a founding member of both Buffalo Springfield and Poco; Chris Hillman had been with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Stephen Stills' Manassas; and J.D. Souther formed Longbranch Pennywhistle with Eagle Glenn Frey, as well as recording a solo record for Asylum and penning tunes for artists like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie...
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