Title - 'Song For Juli' (Vinyl LP)
Artist - Jesse Colin Young
Jesse Colin Young is an American singer and songwriter, famous for being a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s group the Youngbloods. But, did you know he was actually born Perry Miller, was raised in Queens, and he attended the fourth grade with Art Garfunkel!
During the 1960s, while living in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, Young released two solo albums, The Soul of a City Boy and Young Blood. He then formed the group the Youngbloods with the guitarist Jerry Corbitt, the keyboardist and guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and the drummer Joe Bauer.
Their first album contained the song "Get Together", written by Chet Powers, which was re-released as a single in 1969. Young and his band then founded Raccoon Records, and released four additional albums on that label. Young left the group in 1972 and released a solo album, Together.
His fourth solo album, Song for Juli, released in 1973, had four singles and remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for several months. In 1978, He recorded the albums American Dreams in 1978, The Perfect Stranger in 1982 and The Highway Is for Heroes in 1987. He continued touring and re-formed the Youngbloods before returning to a solo recording career in 1987.
But it's right back there in 1973 where we delve back into Young's musical career, for Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity and Jesse Colin Young (of Pigfoot Music LLC) have come together to announce a distribution agreement to release 180g vinyl and DVD recordings from the critically acclaimed artist's highly regarded catalog.
I mean, why not, for after seven (7) albums with The Youngbloods and more than 15 celebrated solo albums, it's about damn time - am I right! So, and as foreshadowed, the first recording given the Audio Fidelity treatment on 180g vinyl is his solo masterpiece, Song For Juli. The standout tracks were always "Mornin' Sun", "Song for Juli", and "Miss Hesitation" and the album actually had a higher chart placing than any of the Youngbloods albums. It also stayed on the charts longer than any album he ever made.
1. "Morning Sun"
2. "Song For Juli"
1. "Miss Hesitation"
2. "T-Bone Shuffle"
3a. "Lafayette Waltz"
3b. "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)"
4. "Country Home"
Produced by Jesse Colin Young, Remastered by Cameron Henry at Welcome to 1979, and now freshly released on vinyl in a lovely gatefold jacket (lyrics included), we kick off with the upbeat, breezy pop of "Morning Sun", which is backed by the beautiful thoughtful acoustic guitar work of the title track, "Song For Juli", the funkier electric guitar play of "Ridgetop", and Side 1 coming to a close with the thought provoking "Evenin'"
The harmonica-driven blues of both "Miss Hesitation" and the harmonica/piano-infused, New Orleans vibe on "T-Bone Shuffle" both open Side 2 in some style. My favorite track out of the nine has to be the latter, for written by T-Bone Walker and starring the legend himself, it is a flashback to an era that I wish I could have personally indulged in, that's for sure. The New Orleans French Quarter-themed "Lafayette Waltz" is a nice change of pace, as is its companion piece "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)", with the side, and album listening experience rounded out by the true blue country storytelling track, "Country Home".
Throughout his professional life of recording and touring, Young has also taken the time to dedicate his life to giving back to the world. He has performed on behalf of organizations ranging from the Dream Foundation to the Kona Pacific Waldorf School. Always holding environmental accountability and quality education as a moral code of action, Jesse remains committed and active as an individual and performer.