Rosebud — Rosebud
(Collectors' Choice CCM 432, 1974/2004, CD)
by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01Ten songs give almost as many stylistic snapshots. The sound of a love-in, with a keyboard, in Latin America; no trace of Carlos anywhere. A moody testament with sultry vocals grazing across California skies. Thirteen hippies piled in a Volkswagen bus, wheels just barely touching the ground as they feel it start to come on. Wispy Wisconsin sing-along bedtime story based on flower-power dreams of sunshine, beautiful strangers, children, every summer. The delicate poetics rumble around a savory love song tinkling down like gentle rain. Seemingly obligatory with a name like rosebud, one tune exudes a precarious balance between country and folk-rock. Oddly enough, a summer carol sounds pretty much the same as the yuletide season version, replacing snow and stockings with sun and misty winds. Slide guitar does not always have to mean honky-tonk, and yet, it does here for the strum and drang portion of the proceedings. Devolving into Joy of Cooking territory, also well done, just not my particular taste of wheatstraw — where's that spittoon? Decent follow-up for Judy Henske and Jerry Yester, it sits finely next to its precursor. If that lit your fire, then you are all set. Barring that, stick with Farewell Aldebaran.
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