Originating in Portland, Oregon in 1965, the New Tweedy Brothers started out life sounding for all the world like an old-time jug band. But, by the time the Summer of Love hovered up onto the world stage in 1967, they had transformed themselves into a beautiful psychedelic butterfly and descended upon the epicenter of the scene: San Francisco.
Although they were eclipsed in the public's consciousness by much more well-known outfits like the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, the Tweedies released an LP in 1968 that could easily hold its own among the best of that time and place. The unusual hexagon-shaped cover resembled a trippy 3-D cube and appropriately housed a sublime collection of jangle pop, jug band stomp, mystic folk and psych mantra rock--all recorded real, live, lo-fi and heartfelt. And it's all just chock-full of that sunny "love is all around" vibe that always puts a big smile on my face.
Public impact: The New Tweedy Brothers were a local San Francisco band who never toured or enjoyed a widely released record, thus they promptly sank into obscurity as the curtain closed on the 1960s. The orginal LP was produced in a very limited-edition that sells for exorbitant amounts on the rare occasions that it surfaces on eBay. Even the CD re-issue from 2001, which faithfully mimicked the original hex cover design, is now out of print. But you can buy the current standard jewel box version at Forced Exposure.
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