Exposé Online banner

Bob Lind — Elusive Butterfly - The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions
(Big Beat CD WIKD 265, 1966/2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Elusive Butterfly - The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions Cover artIn the early sixties at the height of the folk boom, Denver based singer/songwriter Bob Lind was regularly working the coffee houses in the area, and later (as the local folk scene dried up) moved to San Francisco for a short duration, and eventually ended up in the LA area, where he was teamed up with arranger Jack Nitzsche. Given that the folk boom had pretty much run its course by the end of '65, and betting that Lind's collection of songs could be marketed as pop, they were subsequently recorded and treated to Nitzsche's orchestrations. It was a good bet; in the early months of 1966 "Elusive Butterfly" was a huge hit, ringing out of radios from coast to coast and in England as well, and although a follow-up hit was just as elusive, two albums of Nitzsche produced material were released that year, both of which are included in this compilation, along with some stray tracks that were never released. Among the 25 tracks here are numerous excellent songs that certainly should have been heard by more listeners, yet all follow-up singles barely scraped the bottom of the charts. Someone was apparently listening, though, as several of Lind's songs were in turn recorded by other artists (among them Cher, Blues Project, Adam Faith and the Yardbirds). Though the arrangements are that of the period, this collection is nonetheless a treasure trove of great songwriting.

Filed under: Archives, Issue 35, 2007 releases, 1966 recordings

Related artist(s): Bob Lind

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bernard Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession – Bernard Xolotl is a French synthesist who has worked with Clearlight's Cyrille Verdeaux, which could give some indication of his stylistic direction. Daniel Kobialka is a well know violinist from the...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues