Producer: Bob Johnston. Reissue producers: Barry Feldman, Dave Nives.Recorded at Columbia Record Studios, Los Angeles, California from November1967-April 1968. Originally released on Epic (26335). Includes liner notesby Ralph J. Gleason & Arthur Levy.
The 1968 solo album from the Quicksilver Messenger Service lead singer.Moving away from the trademark QMS guitar pyrotechnics, this is a reflective album with a country folky feel that includes a fine version of "Me And My Uncle".Produced by Bob Johnston (the man who oversaw much of Dylan's classic 60's output) it's sound is stripped down to haunting minor acoustic chordsswelled by wads of studio reverb. Chemically deranged b ut incredibly charming. Fully detailed sleevenotes round off the package with some great shots of Dino busking.
This album typifies the hippie-folk-troubadour syndrome with strumming, everb-laden 12-string guitar and romantic odes of passion and heartbreak. Valente's pliant warble practically floats alone on these 12 strange songs. While this music is folkish in nature, Valente's vocals display an offbeat, almost jazzy inflection reminiscent of the late Tim Buckley.
One of my favourite voices in 60's in an amazing solo effort, with hippy psychedelic touch !
I really enjoy this album !!
Chester William Powers, Jr. (7 August 1943–16 November 1994), better known as Dino Valente, and credited sometimes as Jesse Oris Farrow, was an American singer/songwriter.
He was born in New York City, and died in Santa Rosa, California. In the early 1960s, while a member of the Greenwich Village folk scene, he wrote "Get Together", a quintessential 1960s love-and-peace anthem, later recorded by Jefferson Airplane, The Youngbloods, and many others. While in Greenwich Village, he played often with singer-songwriter Fred Neil. He was an original member of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, but his career was blighted by frequent drug busts. Powers (or one of his pseudonyms) is sometimes erroneously credited as the author of the rock standard "Hey Joe".
Dino Valenti started out as part of the bi-coastal early '60s folk scene. He befriended and briefly shared a houseboat with David Crosby, and let Mike Clarke accompany him on bongos. During those years, Valenti recorded some songs with Byrds manager Jim Dickson, which led to Dickson recording Crosby. Around this time, Valenti wrote the folk-rock classic "Get Together," the first song published by Tickson Music, Jim Dickson and Eddie Tickner's music publishing company. The song was a monster hit for the Youngbloods in 1967 and the theme song for the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1969. Valenti also copyrighted a version of the song "Hey Joe" under his real name, Chester Powers. Crosby often sang the song with the Byrds, well before they recorded it on Fifth Dimension, and is responsible for popularizing it on the West Coast. In 1964 Valenti helped found the San Francisco band Quicksilver Messenger Service, but he got thrown in jail on a drug bust before they ever recorded.He rejoined them in 1970, just in time for their one big hit, "Fresh Air."
Dino Valente journeyed ahead on Wednesday, November 16, 1994 at home in Santa Rosa, California. He was 57.
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