Riverson - Riverson (Canada 1973, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Of all the zillions of CSNY-inspired westcoast hippie rock LPs from the early 1970s, this is one of the very best. Another feather in the cap for the great Columbia Canada office, with an excellent production bringing out the max from these talented longhairs. Clearly out of a "Deja Vu" corner (minus the sugary Nash crap, naturally), the songwriting here is very good, grabbing your attention without being overly commercial, while the band lays down a groove that is both relaxed and tight. You can hear early AOR moves creeping into the hippie stylings, and much like on Homer this is not a disadvantage but helps broaden the album's impact. Female vocalist Franki Hart of Freedom North handles a few tracks, but is given solid competition by the male vocalists who sing just as well. Soaring, lyrical guitar leads recur throughout the LP, and there are some vague prog moves with flute on one track. Clocking in at 42 minutes, this could have omitted 1-2 tracks, and it's a testament to Riverson's strength that the playtime seems warranted. Recommended to anyone with an ear for top-level, upscale 70s westcoast sounds.
~ by: [PL] (lysergia.com/AcidArchives).
Formed: Montreal, QC, Canada
Members: * Franki Hart (vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, recorder), * Rayburn Blake (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo), * Brian Edwards (vocals, bass), * Graham Lear (drums).
Related Artists: Mashmakhan, Lisa Hartt Band, Freedom North.
Tracks: 01. Clear Night 02. Winter Garden 03. Eleanor Rigby 04. I'll Be There 05. Empty Sky 06. Take Me 07. Stoney Day 08. Can't Live Without You 09. Medallion Castle 10. Hermit Glen