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Riverson - Riverson (Kismet Records) 1972

Biography : 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 long hairs. Clearly out of a "Deja Vu" corner (minus the sugary Nash crap, naturally), the song writing 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. Acid Archives

01.Clear Night 3:05
02.Winter Garden 3:16
03.Eleanor Rigby 4:12
04.I'll Be There 3:15
05.Empty Sky 4:17
06.Take Me 2:58
07.Stoney Day 4:33
08.Between the Lines 4:15
09.Can't Live Without You 3:06
10.Medallion Castle 4:25
11.Hermit Glen 3:10
Bonus tracks:
12.Sittin Waitin

Franki Hart - vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
Rayburn Blake - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo
Brian Edwards - vocals, bass
Graham Lear - drums