This large-scale communal outfit was originally formed in Walnut Creek, California, USA. Initially a trio, by 1970 the line-up had been expanded to include Tim Barnes (guitar), John Blakeley (bass/guitar), Luther Bildt (guitar/vocals), Pete Sears (keyboards/bass) and Mike Mau (drums). This quintet was invited to back Sal Valentino, formerly of the Beau Brummels, in a touring revue, the Medicine Ball Caravan. Valentino was also accompanied by four women vocalists, Annie Sampson, Deidre LaPorte, Lynne Hughes and Lydia Moreno. The newly constituted 10-piece crossed America and Europe between 1970 and 1971. Stoneground’s debut album consolidated the material performed on tour, but its successor, Family Album, is the band’s definitive collection. This appealing double-set showcased the contrasting vocal styles and informal playing which made their music so appealing, but internal friction doomed the band’s potential and by 1973 only Barnes and Sampson remained from the trailblazing, large-scale unit. Subsequent versions were less cumbersome, but equally unstable, and two later members, Cory Lerios and Steve Price, left to form Pablo Cruise who ironically found the commercial success the parent group was denied. After over two decades of inactivity, Barnes and Steve Price re-formed Stoneground in 2003 and completed the recording of a new album.
The Best of The Beau Brummels 1964-1968
One Too Many Mornings
also available on:
Buried Treasure: Lost Gems from Deep in the '60s Vaults - Various Artists (2001 - 2xCD)
If You Gotta Go, Go Now It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Medicine Ball Caravan [soundtrack]
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (part of medley)
Beau Brummels 66
Mr. Tambourine Man
Annie Sampson - Under The Moon.
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Annie Sampson is a member of Stoneground
Positively 12th & K: A Bob Dylan Tribute
Isis Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window Everything Is Broken Most Of The Time
All by Sal Valentino
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