Boarding House Reach (No label 7055N 1) 1977





























Home-made low-tech hippie rural folk-rock lp from Idaho that I find I’ve grown immensely fond of. Six guys and one girl with fresh original songs constructed around acoustic guitars, electric piano, flute, bass and drums, all with a muddy primitive amateur vibe that ups the appeal rather than detracts. Some good brisk numbers, including ‘Guess I Never Knew’, ‘Life And Fire’, ‘David’s First Song’ and ‘Train Song’, the latter with harmonica and cool phased “helicopter” percussion. Other highlights are the richly melodic ‘Riverside Song’, ‘Easter Song’ (which has a downer psyche passage in the middle), the dreamy closing ballad ‘Blessing Called Conviction’ and the playful ‘Peaceful Paradise’ which has a strange quirky quality not unlike a Casio demo. Nice west coast hippie edge to some of these, sometimes suggesting a more subdued Wilson McKinley’s Heavens Gonna Be A Blast. Laid back trumpet on a couple songs doesn’t hurt the mood any. Primitive gate-fold cover art showing individual photos of the group members cut out into the windows of a house. From Rathdrurn, Idaho.  (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).


I have not acquired this album yet.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Guess I Never Knew
1-2I've Got Jesus In My Heart
1-3Life And Fire
1-4Riverside Song
1-5Live To See The Sunrise
1-6Peaceful Paradise
2-1David's First Song
2-2Easter Song
2-3Train Song
2-4Blessing Called Conviction