1.Laurel Canyon 2.Sunshine of Your Love 3.Crystal Clear 4.She's My Best Friend 5.I Got My Reason 6.Holly Would $0.99 7.You've Really Got a Hold on Me 8.Weight, The 9.Bitter Honey 10.Come and Stay with Me 11.L.A. 12.Too Close
Laurel Canyon wonderfully captures the natural, idyllic vibe of its titular setting, the creative nexus of the late-'60s Los Angeles music scene. Swapping the polished pop approach of Jackie DeShannon's past hits for an appealingly rough-edged country-soul sensibility, the record celebrates a place and time that transcended the physical world to signify a virtual Garden of Eden for the flower-power generation. Featuring extensive contributions from pianist Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack and guitarist Russ Titleman, Laurel Canyon boasts a swampy, lived-in charm that perfectly complements DeShannon's sexily gritty vocals. Her soulful reading of the Band's "The Weight" anticipates Aretha Franklin's like-minded cover, but most impressive are originals like "Holly Would" and the title cut, which eloquently articulate the rustic beauty of their creator's environs.
Personnel: Brendetta Davis, Don MacAllister, Barry White (vocals); Russ Titleman (acoustic guitar); Craig Tarwater (electric guitar); Mac "Doctor John" Rebbenack, Harold R. Battiste, Jr. (piano); Abe Mills, Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists (drums).