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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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good 70 music

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


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.

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When a record is entitled "The Best of..<name here>", it might be good, but not always. In the case of the Youngbloods, you should seek out "Elephant Mountain" to get a true appreciation of this GREAT late-1960's rock/blues group.

FO SHO rating 7/10


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 with their Top Ten hit "Get Together,"...
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