Relatively Clean RiversRelatively Clean Rivers

Label:Pacific Is – PC 17601
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Psychedelic Rock


A1Easy Ride3:50
A2Journey Through The Valley Of O4:13
A4Last Flight To Eden2:43
B2Hello Sunshine3:33
B3They Knew What To Say3:25
B4The Persian Caravan
Congas [Conga]John Alabaster
DrumsHank Quinn
Effects [Special Effects]Dwight Morouse
B5A Thousand Years
Effects [Special Effects]Dwight Morouse

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Gatefold-cover with insert

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Deadwax): PC 17601-A KENDUN-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Deadwax): PC-17601-B 8/5 KENDUN-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Deadwax Variant): PC-17601-B RPL KENDUN
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Relatively Clean Rivers (LP, Album, Stereo, Alternate Cover)Pacific IsPC 17601US1976
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Relatively Clean Rivers (LP, Album, Test Pressing, Stereo)Pacific IsPC 17601US1976
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Relatively Clean Rivers (CD, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release)Radioactive (2)RRCD020UK2004
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Relatively Clean Rivers (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Unofficial Release, Gatefold)Radioactive (2)RRLP020UK2004
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Relatively Clean Rivers (LP, Album, Reissue, Test Pressing, Unofficial Release, White Label)Radioactive (2)RRLP020UK2004



  • Records-Everywhere's avatar
    The sole output from the SoCal collective Relatively Clean Rivers is simply one of the best "underground" albums of all time, and probably the best folk-rock private pressing on this great Earth. While most readers will probably know the The Beat Of The Earth connection here, Phil Pearlman's 1970s group has little resemblance to those earlier free-form experimental days. This group was likely a studio-only band who recorded an LP over the course of more than a year. Nearly 50 years on, the album still stands tall even amongst the more popular groups of its time. Pearlman's "no-expenses-spared" approach resulted in a charming and carefully-crafted rural-rock masterpiece. Collectively it feels like a piece of art where every fiber has some deeper meaning, whether it was intentional or not.

    Reviewers have compared the sound of Rivers to that of the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, or even Van Morrison, but none of these comparisons really hit the spot; Rivers has the same laid-back rural approach as some others, but there are songs which are neatly spliced soundscapes ("Babylon") and those which have prevalent psychedelic effects such as backward recording ("A Thousand Years"). There's a strong religious element, which you might only realize after reading more about Phil Pearlman. The album feels more self-analytical, or even apocalyptic, yet it has a Christian backstory which is ultimately quite compelling, but too long to detail here.

    Like the other Phil Pearlman LPs, there has never been an official reissue of this album, and all reissues are, and likely forever will be, sourced from noise-reduced vinyl dubs. A high-resolution transfer from an original pressing has recently been posted online and offers excellent sound quality, far outpacing the various bootlegs; Google search and Blogspot are your friends. The original pressings also have stunning artwork in a silvery-framed cardboard cover, which absolutely feels like the several-thousand-dollar item that it is. It's hard to explain the spiritual feeling of this album without holding it in your hands.

    If you're just getting into obscure music and stumbled upon this album, get ready for one stoned-out ride. There's a lot of overrated "outsider" no-talent garbage hyped by private press dealers worldwide, but this is NOT one of them. Rivers is one of the exceptionally rare cases where the lack of major-label production actually improved the resulting product tremendously. So don't hesitate to snatch up an original copy, if you're lucky enough to find one...
    • an.earful.of.wax's avatar
      I know Phil Gadahn (formerly Pearlman) has his reasons for not wanting this out there (that have nothing to do with the music and everything to do with his son's transgressions), but I can't give my money to the crook(s) behind Radioactive/Fallout/Phoenix/etc.

      This is a great record that deserves a legit reissue, and it's a shame that we probably won't get one.
      • yeahohyeah's avatar
        This record deserves a proper reissue after all. It´s a shame how this record is simply ripped off by releasing bad boots which are circulating since decades, after all these boots aren´t really collectable after all and aren´t a good investigation, man, you know.
        A certain drop-out named Mr. Phil Pearlman is writing and playing good and catchy melodies here which may get stuck in your ears once you heard èm. A real late US psychedelic banana-folk gem you won´t want to miss after hearing it one-time. Same goes for the "Electronic Hole" album by his band "The Beat Of The Earth" when you are looking for best west-coast obscurities which will make you feel better any day you pull this uplifting music out of your collection and get on with this strange kind of hippie-trucker. Feel free. Even as good as surfing around in the country without a real aim, but nevertheless hitting a point in your life. Really desirable. Get it.


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