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Main » 2006 » September » 2 » Dino Valente - Dino Valente (1968)
Dino Valente - Dino Valente (1968)

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.

PS: If you would like to find out everything  about Dino Valente, you could try at this link

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