Happy and Artie Traum, 'Double-Back'
The brothers Happy and Artie Traum were raised in the Bronx but ended up part of the Greenwich Village scene in the Sixties. Happy Traum ended up part of Dylan's camp; he was in a group that released the first official version of "Blowin' in the Wind," and later would back Dylan up on his album Greatest Hits Vol II. Together, the Traum brothers blended their voices and instruments the way that only family can: this was the second of four albums they made, although they worked together on and off until Artie died of liver cancer in 2008.
What We Said Then: "There isn't a bad cut on this album. It's really a pleasure to lay back and listen to songs like 'Scavengers,' 'The Ferryman,' and 'Brother Thomas,' for while Double-Back must certainly epitomize Woodstock music, both the Band's occasionally tortured inflections and its opposite — super-saccharine harmonies coupled with pretentious lyrics — are conspicuously absent here." — George Kimball, RS 91 (September 16th, 1971)