Brewer And Shipley

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Brewer And Shipley Discography Tracks

Albums

Brewer & Shipley* Down In L.A. (Album) A&M Records Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley Weeds (Album) Kama Sutra US 1969 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley Tarkio (Album, Comp) Kama Sutra Canada 1970 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley Shake Off The Demon (Album) Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra US 1971 Sell This Version
Brewer & Shipley* Rural Space (Album) Kama Sutra US 1972 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley ST11261 (Album) Capitol Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Brewer & Shipley* Welcome To Riddle Bridge (Album) Capitol Records UK 1975 Sell This Version
Michael Brewer • Tom Shipley* Shanghai (Album) Calf Creek Records US 1995 Sell This Version
none Brewer And Shipley Heartland(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 1997 Sell This Version
ach 80006 Brewer & Shipley* Archive Alive!(CD, Album) Archive Recordings ach 80006 US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Michael Brewer & Tom Shipley* Time And Changes A&M Records US 1968 Sell This Version
938 Michael Brewer & Tom Shipley* Truly Right / Green Bamboo(7", Promo) A&M Records 938 US 1968 Sell This Version
BDA 154 (BUD 5319 / 5320) Brewer And Shipley Boomerang / Rise Up Easy Rider(7", Promo) Buddah Records BDA 154 (BUD 5319 / 5320) US 1969 Sell This Version
SP 18 Brewer And Shipley LP Sampler(7", EP, Promo) Kama Sutra SP 18 US 1969 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley Tarkio Road / Seems Like A Long Time (Single) Kama Sutra US 1970 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley People Love Each Other / Witchi-Tai-To (Single) Radio Active Gold US 1970 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley One Toke Over The Line (Single) Kama Sutra Canada 1970 Sell This Version
2013015 Brewer And Shipley One Toke Over The Line / Peace Love Each Other(7") Kama Sutra 2013015 Portugal 1970 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley Shake Off The Demon (Single) Kama Sutra Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2013 021 Brewer & Shipley* People Love Each Other(7", Single) Kama Sutra 2013 021 UK 1971 Sell This Version
10 109 AT, 10109 AT Brewer/Shipley* An Incredible State Of Affairs(7", Single) A&M Records, A&M Records 10 109 AT, 10109 AT Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Brewer And Shipley Yankee Lady Kama Sutra US 1972 Sell This Version
Brewer & Shipley* Fair Play / How Are You (Single) Capitol Records US 1974 Sell This Version
P-4105 Brewer And Shipley Brain Damage(7", Promo) Capitol Records P-4105 US 1975 Sell This Version
077 Brewer And Shipley Indian Summer/Song From Platte River(7", Mono, RE) Radio Active Gold 077 1978 Sell This Version

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November 13, 2012
From Kansas, Brewer and Shipley were primarily a hippie duet with strong country-rock roots. They would be beyond the scope of this book if it wasn't for their lyrics, which often deal with drugs (One Toke Over The Line, Oh Mommy, Back To The Farm ...), their hippie values (People Love Each Other, Fifty States Of Freedom..) and for their numerous links with the Bay Area musical scene.

The pair first met at the Blind Owl coffeehouse in Kent, Ohio during 1964, however they didn't get togther until mid-1967. In the interim Shipley (born 1942 in Mineral Ridge, Ohio) spent some time working the Toronto folk circuit. Brewer (born 1944, Oklahoma City), meanwhile travelled to L.A. in late '65 with partner Tom Mastin and formed Mastin & Brewer. After Brewer's brother Keith replaced Mastin in late 1966, the Brewer brothers continued to write untill mid-1967, when Mike landed a songwriting job with Good Sam Music, an affiliation of A&M. Here he arranged for Shipley to also be recruited, and during the summer, they began recording their debut album. This was partially recorded at Leon Russell's house.

During 1967 they wrote songs individually for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Poor amongst others. H.P. Lovecraft also covered the collaboration Keeper Of The Keys, which appeared on the duo's debut album.

Their first album was produced by Allen Stanton (who also worked with The Byrds and Mort Garson) and Jerry Riopelle. Down In L.A. defined their style: short, well structured songs with harmonies, good lyrics and the use of excellent musicians: Russell Bridges (better known as Leon Russell), Lance Wakely (pre-Joyous Noise), Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield/Poco), plus the usual L.A. sessionmen.

Brewer and Shipley then decided to move to Kansas (they would return to California only to record) and signed a new contract with Kama Sutra. Their first two albums for their new label were Nick Gravenites. Some of the best musicians of the San Francisco scene play on these albums, including: Richard Greene (Seatrain), Mark Naftalin (Butterfield Blues Band, Mother Earth, Quicksilver), Michael Bloomfield, Bob Jones (We Five, Southern Comfort), Jerry Garcia, John Cipollina, David La Flamme (It's A Beautiful Day), Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane),...

Not surprisingly, all their albums offer some good guitar solos. However Weeds and Shake Off The Demon are probably the best. The former contains a superb elongated cover of Witchi Tai To, the Indian hymn penned by Jim Pepper (ex Free Spirits), whilst Shake Off The Demon, with its title track, Working On The Well and Natural Child (with the electric violin of David La Flamme) being excellent.

Brewer and Shipley kept on recording for Kama Sutra and Capitol after 1972 but their albums are more conventional.

(Stephane Rebeschini/Nick Warburton)

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