14 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley made a career of writing clever, harmony-laden tunes that doubled as anti-war and anti-establishment screeds. President Richard Nixon hated their biggest hit, 1970's campfire-ready “One Toke over the Line,” while the group hated Nixon on the country picker “Oh Mommy” (which features a killer Jerry Garcia slide guitar part). This set draws the hits and near-misses from their 1968-1973 heyday. From the San Francisco psych of “Fifty States of Freedom” to the comely, Simon & Garfunkel–ish “Ruby in the Morning” to the beautifully tempered version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” there isn’t a song here that doesn’t resonate like a beautiful, tuneful epistle to an era.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley made a career of writing clever, harmony-laden tunes that doubled as anti-war and anti-establishment screeds. President Richard Nixon hated their biggest hit, 1970's campfire-ready “One Toke over the Line,” while the group hated Nixon on the country picker “Oh Mommy” (which features a killer Jerry Garcia slide guitar part). This set draws the hits and near-misses from their 1968-1973 heyday. From the San Francisco psych of “Fifty States of Freedom” to the comely, Simon & Garfunkel–ish “Ruby in the Morning” to the beautifully tempered version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” there isn’t a song here that doesn’t resonate like a beautiful, tuneful epistle to an era.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
31 Ratings
31 Ratings
Brewer & Shipley Fan

It's about time

It's about time iTunes added Brewer & Shipley's Greatest Hits. The previous version of "One Toke Over The Line" that iTunes carried was not a quality version. Brewer & Shipley have many other great songs and this album features a good sampling on them. Famous for being on Richard Nixon's Enemies List for their 1971 counterculture classic "One Toke Over The Line", this release features that hit plus their other charting songs, "Tarkio Road", "Shake Off the Demon", "Witchi Tai To", "People Love Each Other", "Oh, Mommy (I Ain't No Commie)" and appearances by Jerry Garcia and Mike Bloomfield. Good start iTunes. Now please, please add their individual albums which they are still making to this day. These guys are true singer songwriters with other great songs such as "Hearts Overflowing" and "Bound To Fall" found here on iTunes covered by several other artists. Start working on getting their catalogue.

Here Comes Mars!

More than one hit wonders

This duo had an astonishingly great interweaving vocal blend and their music has a nice, laid back feel. Similar in spirit to Loggins & Messina. And they had help from Nicky Hopkins, Jerry Garcia... And very good songwriting. And yet apart from "One Toke Over the Line", nobody seems to know any of this stuff. "Toke" is certainly a good place to start. Other gems include "Tarkio Road" and two from their "Weeds" album, "Witchi-Tai-To" and "Rise Up (Easy Rider)". Fans of 1969/1970 vintage folk/country/rock please check this out.

Rezonance

More than one toke...

I grew up listening to Brewer and Shipley, and I would defintely classify them as more than 'one hit wonders'. Their work is a great example of the early folk rock, and the lyrics and melodies are both provocative and catchy. I wish Itunes had more of a selection, some of what I consider their 'best stuff' didn't make it to this particular collection.

About Brewer & Shipley

California duo Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley began their careers separately on the 1960s Los Angeles folk club circuit before teaming up to write and perform together. Their song "Keeper of the Seven Keys" was recorded by H.P. Lovecraft and also appeared on their 1968 debut, Down in L.A. Their second album, Weeds, featured guest appearances by Jerry Garcia, Mike Bloomfield, and Nicky Hopkins. In 1971, the duo scored a surprise Top Ten hit with "One Toke Over the Line," in spite of radio bans owing to the song's marijuana-oriented lyrics. Following this success, Brewer and Shipley moved to rural Missouri, but their appeal dwindled, and the partnership was dissolved in 1979. Brewer recorded the solo album Beauty Lies in 1983. At the request of a Kansas City radio station, Brewer & Shipley reunited for a concert in 1989 and began touring occasionally. In 1995, the duo released their first album in almost 20 years, Shanghai. Heartland followed two years later. ~ Steve Huey

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1967

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