Hope (A&M SP4329) 1972
Long-haired ﬁve-man group that was apparently considered hip enough to score a major label deal. If this had been a private pressing a lot of collectors would be frothing at the mouth to get a copy, as it’s decent west-coast rural rock. Much of the lp is in the mid-rocking range, not particularly heavy but far from ﬂuff. Some good electric guitar action in spots, especially the fuzz guitar building up ‘One Man’. Piano rollin’ along all over the place, plus there’s a strong organ presence throughout. Crosses into pure country rock realms for ‘Walkin’ Over Hills And Valleys’, ‘Little Things’ and ‘Cold Moming’. A few instances of string orchestration, over-softening one of the ballads, but used quite effectively on ‘From Thy Father’s Hand’. Even touched a couple times with mild Love Forever Changes sentiments. Every copy I’ve ever seen is a cut-out, so I guess the guys didn’t rake in the dinero. Was carrying a fairly hefty price tag for a while, something about being one of the rarest A&M titles. Cool psychy rainbow Unipak gate-fold cover. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
Also released on CD in Spain in 2008, while it was also released in Canada and Japan on LP in 1972. A&M was Herb Alpert’s label. The Canadian cover is very similar to the US. The Canadian covere is very similar to the US Ccover, while the Spanish CD photos are available on Discogs. diakoneo
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the both cover photos and track list. Thank you Discogs for the Japanese front cover photo and the track listings.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Where Do You Want To Go||3:41|
|1-5||Walkin' Over Hills And Valleys||4:00|
|2-1||One Of These||3:32|
|2-3||Valley Of Hope||2:50|