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The eclectic octet Sweetwater began as a street combo, performing for fellow hippies at love-ins around Los Angeles. In their own casual way, Sweetwater was ambitious — in these tracks are elements of West Coast jazz, psychedelic rock, traditional folk and more. Holding things together is singer Nansi Nevins, whose poised vocal demeanor lends a genteel air to songs like “Two Worlds,””Come Take a Walk,” and “Here We Go Again.” She lets her hair down on “Why Oh Why” (a Jefferson Airplane-like rocker) and “My Crystal Spider” (an acid-dipped tune complete with electronic effects). The band includes some distinctive players, particularly cellist August Burns and flautist Albert Moore, who prove their mettle on medieval-styled pieces like “Through an Old Storybook.” Sadly, Nevins suffered a debilitating car accident before completing Sweetwater’s second album, forcing her to leave the band. Sweetwater gives a taste of what this group could’ve become with more time and better luck.

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I love Sweetwater!!

They are a great band and I remember watching a movie about Sweetwater on VH1 when I was a bit younger, otherwise I wouldn't of known how great this band is. I love "In A Rainbow" and "Why Oh Why." A great buy here!!

This was the 60's

I was freshman at UPenn visiting friends in Cambridge, MA (klik and klak's "fair city") on a warm fall weekend in '68. Following some music in the air I found a small city park filled with maybe 1,000 people -- Sweetwater was playing live. I bought this album the next day -- still have it. It's been copied onto countless cassettes over the years -- now burned onto a CD/R.


i'm only 18 and a singer songwriter and this band has become the staple of my sound and the way i stylelizesd my voice after the lead singer they should be more reconized in the music world even though vh1 did make a movie about them in 1998 which is where i herd of them then i was 10 in a rainbow was like the frist song i herd how to play on the guitar


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

An unusual rock group in both the size of their lineup (which numbered eight), the instrumentation employed, and the eclectic scope of their material, Sweetwater didn't quite get the first-class songs or breaks necessary to make them widely known. Lead singer Nansi Nevins was backed not just by conventional guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, but also flute (Albert Moore), conga (Elpidio Cobian), and cello (August Burns). Their self-titled debut album was the kind of release that could have only...
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