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Shortly after the release of the hugely successful Song For Juli, Jesse Colin Young reconvened several of his longtime backing musicians (including drummer Jeffrey Myer, keyboardist Scott Lawrence and reedman Jim Rothermel) and recorded Lightshine. The album sheds some of its predecessor’s folky atmosphere, and instead embraces the rising trends of mid-Seventies pop-rock. The humming flute of “Grey Day” and “Susan” echoes Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, while the understated funk of “The Cuckoo” fits easily alongside contemporaneous songs by Steely Dan. Like many albums of its era, Lightshine comes off sweet and warm, with an undercurrent of forlornness. If you need a one song summation of West Coast pop music circa 1974, look no further than “California Child” and its dippy-yet-wonderful refrain: “California girl / You have filled my world / With the music of your gentle loving / Singing with your hands / You have taught my body how to understand / You know I’m your man.”

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Jesse's beautiful voice and song-writing talent come shining through in this album. One of my all time feel-good favorites.


Born: November 22, 1941 in Manhattan, New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Jesse Colin Young got his start as a folksinger in Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the early '60s, releasing two major-label albums, The Soul of a City Boy (April 1964) and Young Blood (March 1965). He met guitarist Jerry Corbitt in Cambridge, MA, and with keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger and drummer Joe Bauer, they formed the Youngbloods, initially playing in the jug band, good-time style of the Lovin' Spoonful. Signed to RCA, they released their debut single, Corbitt's "Grizzly...
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