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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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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