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    Main » 2010 » May » 2 » Hearts & Flowers ~ 1967 ~ Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers + 1968 ~ Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women
    Hearts & Flowers ~ 1967 ~ Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers + 1968 ~ Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women
    Hearts & Flowers ~ 1967 ~ Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers + 1968 ~ Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Womengenre: folk, country
    country: us
    quality : lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:05'28"+35'13"
    size: 487 mb, misc.: 2002

    Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
    An excellent and still underrated group from Los Angeles, Hearts and Flowers produced two albums mixing folk rock with Californian harmonies and country folk.
    Born in Weycross, Georgia, Larry Murray moved to Los Angeles in the late '50s and joined the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, one of the several Bluegrass groups playing the Southern California circuit. The personnel of the Barkers fluctuated and included future Byrd Chris Hillman, Kenny Wertz and Bernie Leadon. The group disbanded in 1962 after releasing an album for the Crown label, Bluegrass Favorites, which is now extremely rare.
    Murray temporarily retired from the music scene, became a TV actor and worked at the Troubador Club in L.A.. In 1965 he met a folk/rock duo formed of David Dawson and Rick Cunha and they started working together and playing live without a drummer. They secured a deal with Capitol and their first album was released in June 1967. Masterfully produced by Nick Venet (Fred Neil, Stone Poneys, Euphoria, Mad River), Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers is a real gem. The choice of material is outstanding, with excellent covers of Tim Hardin's Reason To Believe, Hoyt Axton's 10,000 Sunsets, Carole King's Road To Nowhere and Donovan's Try For The Sun, plus two songs of contemporary groups: Please, the Kaleidoscope song and Rock And Roll Gypsies by Gypsy Trips. Their original songs were penned by Murray, Cunha and Marty Cooper. The vocals are brilliant and Venet added some good production tricks, with some effects, violin, electric bass
    The sales were unfortunately extremely poor and Capitol decided to give them a push: two new members, Terry Paul and Dan Woody, were drafted to reinforce their live impact and a promotion campaign began at the end of 1967; with limited results.
    Murray and Dawson started working on their second album. Cunha, Paul and Woody left and Bernie Leadon arrived. Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Woman was released in July 1968 and got the same results as the first album: critical acclaim but low sales. It notably contains She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune, a song originally recorded (but not released) by Jesse Lee Kincaid with the Rising Sons.
    Due to their unsuccess, the group disbanded and their records sank into obscurity before being rediscovered in the mid-80s by Bam Caruso.
    Larry Murray went on to record a good country folk/rock album, Sweet Country Suite (Verve Forecast FTS 3090) 1969, with backing by Swampwater, Paul Parrish, JD Souther and two Nitty Gritty members, Fadden and McEuen). He also worked with Kris Kristofferson and Jessi Colter in the early '70s. Rick Cunha would later work with Linda Ronstadt, have a career as a songwriter and sesionman and also released two decent country rock albums: Cunha Songs (GRC GA 5004) 1973, with Dave Dawson and Moving Pictures (CBS ) 1977. ~ 
    (Stephane Rebeschini)

    Hearts & Flowers ~ 1967 ~ Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers cd1:

    '67 Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers:

    Side One
    1. Now Is The Time (Larry Murray) 1:28
    2. Save Some Time (Marty Cooper) 2:40
    3. Try For The Sun (Donovan Leitich) 2:42
    4. Rain, Rain (Larry Murray) 2:33
    5. The View From Ward 3 (Marty Cooper) 3:00
    6. Rock & Roll Gypsies (Roger Tillison)2:20

    Side Two
    1. Reason To Believe (Tim Hardin) 2:10
    2. Please (Mark Freedman/David Feldthouse) 3:00
    3. 1-2-3 Rhyme In Carnivour Thyme (Rick Cunha) 2:10
    4. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive (Liz Anderson-Casey Anderson) 2:45
    5. Road To Nowhere (Gerry Goffin-Carole King) 3:28
    6. 10,000 Sunsets (Hoyt Axton) 2:33

    Larry Murray - Guitar, Vocals
    Dave Dawson - Guitar, Vocals
    Rick Cunha - Guitar, Vocals

    '68 Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women :
    13. Now Is The Time For Hearts & Flowers 1:26
    14. Highway In The Wind 4:06
    15. Second Hand Sundown Queen 3:41
    16. She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune 3:05
    17. Ode To A Tin Angel 4:23
    18. When I Was A Cowboy 3:35
    19. Legend Of Ol' Tenbrookes 3:12
    20. Colour Your Daytime 3:53
    21. Two Little Boys 3:08
    22. Extra Extra / Rock & Roll Gypsies / Extra Extra 3:52

    DAVE DAWSON    gtr, vcls
    LARRY MURRAY    gtr, vcls

    cd2: Previously unreleased
    01. Rosana 2:14
    02. Extra Extra 1:54
    03. Walls 2:16
    04. She Like Her Loving Like I Like Mine 2:40
    05. Six White Horses 3:14
    06. Flower Lady 3:01
    07. When I'm With You 2:02
    08. Gypsy Blue 3:30
    09. Everybody's Talkin' 2:49
    10. California Sunshine Girl 3:08
    11. Jones Vs. Jones 2:51
    12. Brandy 2:39
    13. Other Side Of This Life 2:55

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