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Release Info: JACKIE DESHANNON - LAUREL CANYON (1968)
2.Sunshine of Your Love
4.She's My Best Friend
5.I Got My Reason
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7.You've Really Got a Hold on Me
10.Come and Stay with Me
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).
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