Flying Fish And Potatoes
I may have mentioned Harum Records before. The shop was in Crouch End, North London, and I used to spend ages hanging around there - I bought (and sold) a lot of second hand albums and also listened to all kinds of stuff I hadn't heard before.
The shop was run by two brothers, and the younger brother (Gary) was into pretty much the same kind of stuff as me although he was a few years older. He introduced me to - among many, many others - Dion, Mike Nesmith and Jesse Colin Young.
Jesse Colin Young had been the lead singer with the Youngbloods, but went solo in the early 70s and released these two albums. I'm not quite sure how to categorise them - mainstream soft rock, loosely in the sort of Mac Gayden/Doobie Brothers mould - but JCY's voice and some of the arrangements lift them way above the average.
Jesse Colin Young - Song For Juli (1973)
1. Morning Sun
2. Song For Juli
5. Miss Hesitation
6. T-Bone Shuffle
7. Lafayette Waltz / Jambalaya
8. Country Home
Jesse Colin Young - Light Shine (1974)
1. California Suite - California Child
2. California Suite - Grey Day
3. California Suite - Light Shine
4. Pretty And The Fair
6. Motorcycle Blues
7. The Cuckoo