It's A Beautiful Day - Marrying Maiden (1970)

It’s A Beautiful Day were an American rock active from the late 60s into the early 70s. They emerged from the famous San Francisco music scene, but unfortunately never manged to achieve the level of fame reached by their contemporaries.

Their fantastic second album featured a slightly different lineup to that of their debut - the LaFlammes had split up, and Linda LaFlamme had been replaced by Fred Webb, giving them the lineup of David LaFlamme (vocals, violin), Pattie Santos (vocals), Webb (keyboards), Hal Wagenet (guitars), Mitchell Holman (bass) and Val Fuentes (drums). Stylistically it was even more diverse than the first album, mixing rock, folk, jazz, country, blues, classical and psychedelia into a coherent whole (and with brief touches of bluegrass and flamenco!). David LaFlamme handled most of the vocals, Pattie Santos only really appearing as a backing vocalist. Includes a great cover of Fred Neil’s “The Dolphins”. Jerry Garcia appears as a guest musician, playing pedal steel guitar and banjo.
Though it contained no hit singles, Marrying Maiden was more successful than its predecessor on the album charts, reaching a modest #28.

It's A Beautiful Day (1969) <|> Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime (1971)
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1 comment:

Shawn said...

I prefer the 1st album with White Dove and Girl with no eyes, but Dolphins is great!