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Jesse Colin Young — Ridgetop
Album: Song For Juli
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6.6

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Total ratings: 280









Released: 1973
Length: 6:52
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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Brings back wonderful memories. Love this song.
The start sounds like Steely Dan and then.... vocals and lyrics begins. Garrrr-roomy!
Still sounds fresh in 2019.
First time hearing this song - Love it!!
My new (old) anthem for moving to the country.  A rare early jazzy/rock song about the "hill folk" .  Probably the only one   ;^)
When Nixon brought most of us home from Southeast Asia in December, 1973, this was an album I listened to a lot as I tried to get acclimatized to life again. More than once fell asleep listening to Jesse Colin Young. He was the first to play the Gorge in George, and I was there to get photos. Long may his music reign
I grew up listening to JCY - I haven't heard this for years  - thanks Radio Paradise for trip down memory lane! 
Love this song.  I live not far from JCY's Ridgetop and I continually feel blessed to live where I do.  Also, he just has the smoothest voice.
As a non-American, but one who has visited San Francisco, Sausalito and Marin County in the early 1980's this somehow evokes that holiday.

Pity I did not make it in the 70's - a special time that I just missed out on but JCY has a lovely natural high voice that I can listen to without cringing.

Using LizardKing's methodology... a 6 for JCY and the song +1 for the saxaphone style of the time +1 for pure nostalgia = 8 from me.
Been awhile, Bill.  Give it a spin.
Nice revisit, Bill...I remember this from back when vocalists had to sing well and the sound of a sax didn't equate with cheezy yuppie wannabe jazz.
g1lgam3sh wrote:
I'd forgotten this. RP 8)
Wish it had stayed forgotten, too! I always thought this was a very pretentious song.
I was gonna say this really sucks, but how can I do that to a guy that loves his squirrels so much.
I'd forgotten this. RP 8)
lotus_65 wrote:
Hmmm, Maybe it's this guy who's got my paradise! Never heard this tune before. Pretty good mental visuals there.
Yup. Can't help but think of all the times I've been in similar places, wishing I could live there.
Sweet.
lisa, lisa, where are you now ...
I turned this up so loud my stone deaf dog heard it. He's just gonna have to deal with it. :cowboy:
nice crescendo ...
JCY Y? Because we LIKE him!
Xeric wrote:
Just switched over from my local NPR station because it was playing some horrible squawking 20th century "classical" "music." This is worse.
Boy, there's no judging taste. :stupid:
I have not heard this in probably 15 years very cool!
Dig: This sounds like theme music from some late 70's action movie about a cop in San Fran thats worn of his job and tired but loves coming home to his hot wife in the evenings. *shrug* 8O
Just switched over from my local NPR station because it was playing some horrible squawking 20th century "classical" "music." This is worse.
Nice addition.
cataloger wrote:
what the hell is this? Hippy jazz? Somehow the saxaphone just doesn't say "natural beauty" to me.
Jesse did a jazz album too I think.
This song is about Jesse's love for his place in west Marin County, north of San Francisco. I can relate...
JCY - woke me from my work...reminded me of KMPX...thanks Bill.
what the hell is this? Hippy jazz? Somehow the saxaphone just doesn't say "natural beauty" to me.
ooh! Elevator music rock & roll! This would fit in great with the mix my dentist plays in his office... can't get away from it fast enough. ugh!
This is great borderline with commercial but so enjoyable...yes...
WOW! Ridgetop. Haven't heard this one in way too long. JCY sure has a great voice. Recognized this one in the first two notes. Wonderful. :notworthy: How about a little Gray Day sometime?
Old JCY, ex choice Bill!
Hmmm, Maybe it's this guy who's got my paradise! Never heard this tune before. Pretty good mental visuals there.
A most worthy contemporary of Loggins and Messina. Saw hiim recently at a small venue in Santa Barbara. Fantastic but this is better.
Makes me miss the Rockies...
Ahh, I've always loved the mood of this song.