Eric Relph ‎– Pretty Darlin'

Evy Pollen Records ‎– ER 1-2-49
Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow Label

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A1 Pretty Darlin'
Guitar – Bill ChamplinWritten-By – Relph*
A2 Oh Why
Mellotron – Michael Allsup*Written-By – Relph*
A3 Spirit Train
Written-By – Relph*, Vincent*
A4 Forty Miles
Written-By – Relph*
A5 Treat Me Kind
Bass – Eric Morton (2)Vocals [Female] – Denise KeenWritten-By – Relph*
B1 Gold Or Silver
Written-By – Relph*
B2 Down The Road
Written-By – Relph*
B3 Hands Off Baby
Guitar, Piano – Bill ChamplinWritten-By – Relph*, Vincent*
B4 Stoned Louis
Written-By – Relph*
B5 Ah Dey Aum
Written-By – Relph*

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Pretty Darlin' is printed on the cover and this issue has yellow labels.

A4 is Forty Miles on the cover and 40 Miles on the labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 1-2-49-AS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 1-2-49-BS

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July 1, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

At some point in my life, I surely would've scoffed at a record like this. I'm sure I would have been way to cool or busy with other things to take the time to let a record like this one settle in.
It's an American private press LP that's shown up in a popular book of record collector's dreams.
It's one of the ones that actually lives up to the hype and it's a solid package, right down to the mystical trip represented on the cover.
At first listen, it sounds like a pretty plain middle of the road rock record and I guess to many that's what it will always be.
But to the seasoned ear, the first listen will generate a second one and it will stick around inside you. Soon, the subtleties of the songs just take over. I'm glad to wake up with these melodies on my mind. When I'm away, I can't wait to get home and play this one.
There's a lounge feel that wanders into some weirdo sort of Deadhead bar rock moments, even a drifting country lick here and there. All the while, it's off just enough to keep it interesting. It's not drunk, but it's swerving and it won't completely straighten out.
It's full of harmonies and great musical accompaniment on flute, piano and some skillful guitar work by Relph and fuzzed out slide guitar by Danny Krieger (2) .
Not as loner as some would have you think as Mike Allsup and Bill Champlin show up on this thing.
It's one guys vision for sure, but it's done in a very tasteful and artistic way.
A slip in any direction and this could be just another light weight I found Jesus kind of later 70's hippie record.
It's not though. Every song is pretty good and the style switches throughout, you're kept on your toes and sometimes surprised by what's next. Songs like Gold or Silver, Stoned Louis, 40 Miles, Oh Why and the title track are the ones that really stick with me and the closer Ah Dey Aum is great. One of the many welcomed twists this LP throws your way.
There is a sort of Moonlight Feels Right kind of vibe going on here, but it's far enough outside of that box that you should find this enjoyable and original through and through.