The Youngbloods, 'Elephant Mountain'
From the same group that brought the late Sixties the feel-good anthem "Get Together" (millennials: the opening of Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings"), Elephant Mountain bridges the gap between the last days of psychedelia and the outbreak of country-rock that had afflicted artists like the Byrds and Neil Young. The album was produced by Charlie Daniels (of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" fame) and attracted fans as diverse as the Cowboy Junkies and Robert Plant. After a handful of albums that delivered diminishing returns, the Youngbloods disbanded in 1972.
What We Said Then: "This is one of the most encouraging albums I have heard in months… This album exudes that supremely rare commodity in these dark, bored, destructive times – joy. These men obviously love what they're doing, and their music is knocking them out as much as it does us… Suffice to say that this is an album that you'll come back to again and again, and that the Youngbloods are three non-bullshit musical workmen with a genuine feeling for the textures of life and sound. May they have a long life together." By Lester Bangs, July 12th, 1969