The Beau Brummels - The Beau Brummels '66 (japan issue
While it has gotten a bum rap in the wake of their subsequent masterpieces, the San Fran-based Beau Brummels major-label debut -- simply titled Beau Brummels 66 -- includes a dozen solid remakes of concurrent pop, folk, and rock tracks. The lineup consisted of Ron Elliott (guitar/vocals), Sal Valentino (vocals), Ron Meagher (bass/harmonica/guitar/vocals), Declan Mulligan (guitar/harmonica/vocals), John Petersen (drums/vocals), and for a brief time Don Irving (guitar), who filled in for Elliott. In an era marred by marginal (at best) cover bands, the Beau Brummels
reveal considerable talents as interpreters of other people's hits --
although none of these selections are destined to surpass the originals.
Of the three Beatles-related entries, the Paul McCartney-penned "Woman" -- which Peter & Gordon
took into the Top 20 -- is the most appealing. The delicate baroque
arrangement serves the storyline well and the combo's natural penchant
for effortlessly adopting the British Invasion style ultimately
contributes to the authenticity of this version. They arguably one-up the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" by including Bob Dylan's alternate verses.
"Homeward Bound" is treated sensitively, but the intimacy is lost once
the robust choir chimes in during the chorus. One rather unanticipated
gem is the dark menacing overhaul of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."
With creepy minor chords crawling through the song, it has a sense of
foreboding that isn't easily dismissed. In the same vein, the update of Sonny Bono's "Bang Bang" takes on an ominous mantle of uncertainty. Less convincing are the Beau Brummels' spin on "Play with Fire" from the Rolling Stones
songbook, while "Louie, Louie," "Hang on Sloopy," and the
inconsequential "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" uniformly
detract more than they add to the proceedings. In short order, Elliott and Valentino would reestablish themselves as the creative force behind the unit and reappear with the highly lauded Triangle (1967) and Bradley's Barn (1968) platters. (allmusic.com)
My opinion: The Brummels showed here they were really fine interpreters of then well known songs and hits by other artists. The longer the album's spinning around the more i liked it. Fine work.
I think i will post some more works of the band because they wre real great in my opinion. Hope you will like it.