Too Many Spaces (Previously Unissued Recordings from 1966-1968)
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||Sundance||The Stillroven||2:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Green||The Stillroven||2:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Girl In Blonde||The Stillroven||3:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tin Soldier (demo version)||The Stillroven||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Can You Dig It?||The Stillroven||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Get Ready||The Stillroven||3:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Too Many Spaces||The Stillroven||2:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Happiness Is||The Stillroven||2:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Country Tune||The Stillroven||2:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Would You Believe||The Stillroven||1:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lighten Up||The Stillroven||3:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sundance (demo version)||The Stillroven||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Girl In Blonde (demo version)||The Stillroven||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Can You Dig It (demo version)||The Stillroven||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Pieced together from September 1968 demos in Minneapolis, auditions for A&M recorded in Los Angeles in October and November 1968 (including re-recordings of three of the four Minneapolis demos), and (just one song from) an April 1969 session at Norman Petty Studios in New Mexico, this amounts to an unreleased Stillroven album. Though the sound is very professional, it's only average late-'60s psychedelic rock, influenced by the day's heavy blues-rock, California acid sound, and a little bit of soul. Funky backbeats, wah-wah guitars, drifting melancholy melodies (particularly "Girl in Blonde," which could pass for an unknown 1968 San Francisco rock recording), good-time get-in-the-groove urges ("Can You Dig It?"), relatively light good-time sounds ("Happiness Is"), and son-of-Youngbloods country-influenced happy rock ("Country Tune") — they all surface at various points. The result is a versatile set and certainly performed with competent tightness, but lacking in character. You can't fault the documentation, though, which has thorough liner notes and track-by-track commentary from the group's Dave Dean and Phil Berdahl.
Never-Before-Issued Second Album
Minneapolis legends the Stillroven forever staked their claim in the '60s garage firmament with their pedal-to-the-metal, frenetic version of “Hey Joe” — still THE definitive version as far as we’re concerned. (We’ve lovingly documented this period of the group on our previous set, entitled, Cast Thy Burden Upon The Stillroven). Now, we’ve plugged the group into even bigger ‘n more ghastly amplifiers and, with their help, have mightily assembled the group’s never-before-issued second album. Recorded at A&M Studios in 1968, the long-lost Too Many Spaces showcases the group’s heavier, more psychedelic side, all the while perfectly maintaining their homegrown garage roots and midwest-melodic sensibilities!
Years Active: '60s