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Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley’s overlooked 1969 gem of the hippie-psych area is equal parts California folk-rock, crafty pop harmonies, and driving country rock. The pedigree for their second album is huge too: the backing group includes, among others, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks), guitarist Mike Bloomfield (Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield Blues Band), fiddler Richard Greene (Bill Monroe), and underground producer legend Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag, Quicksilver Messenger Service). The album’s an early model of country rock. Songs such as “Pig Head,” “Lady Like You,” and “Rise Up (Easy Rider)” epitomize the genre as well anything by The Byrds or The Flying Burrito Brothers. “Indian Summer” is a heartwarmer that climbs magnificently on picking guitars, tinkling pianos, and swishing fiddle until it becomes an aural equivalent of a lovely desert monsoon. Brewer & Shipley’s harmony-driven covers of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and songwriter Jim Pepper’s ode to peyote “Witchi Tai To” are anything but throwaways, and you can hear the kind of harmonies that made it onto their massive hit “One Toke Over the Line.”

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grandpa

Clasic album.

Weeds

These guys are a classic coffee house folk duo from the Midwest that are far better than their one-hit-wonder "one toke over the line" would lead you to believe. If you're not sure just buy "Indian Summer" then come back for the entire album.

absolutely beautiful

Not one song is less than amazing. Listen to it really loud on good speakers, (so it can pass through your whole body) and you will be sonically and poetically moved.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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