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It's A Beautiful Day — Don And Dewey
Album: Marrying Maiden
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7.2

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Total ratings: 1136









Released: 1969
Length: 5:10
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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Answering FredRiley on the sixties. We knew but we didn't. Only we knew that the music was a revelation that'd stay. We knew.
 paulstrangeway wrote:
F***ing violin playing hippy rubbish. 
 
Huh? Do hippies regularly listen to RP? Oh my! Time to find a new station! Eeeewwwww!
 paulstrangeway wrote:
F***ing violin playing hippy rubbish. 
 

   


    =        
F***ing violin playing hippy rubbish. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Egads! This new comment posting template is less functional than the old one.  

When was last comment posted? Oh....about 6 months ago, maybe a year, who knows.  C'mon, put in the freaking date, like the previous posting template.  

Also, can't use mouse to slide the volume slide. It won't budge. 
 
Egads!  First world problems.
Egads! This new comment posting template is less functional than the old one.  

When was last comment posted? Oh....about 6 months ago, maybe a year, who knows.  C'mon, put in the freaking date, like the previous posting template.  

Also, can't use mouse to slide the volume slide. It won't budge. 
Outstanding! Play this more! :) 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmm, this is the cover I remember:

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_250/MI0001/612/MI0001612378.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

 
Yes, this is similar to the LP cover I have.  Your's is the original cover used for the San Francisco Sound reissue.

This is the original 1970 CBS Vinyl LP cover.

Upon further investigation, the cover used in the song listing is from European reissues of the 1980's.  Don't know where the artwork originated from.  It was used for awhile and then reverted to the original.


 RedTruk wrote:
This is an old Deep Purple song - Hard Road (European albums called it Wring That Neck) from their Book of Taliesyn album of Dec 1968 when Ritchie Blackmore was still playing lead. I wonder what the relationship was between It's A Beautiful Day and Deep Purple? And Don & Dewey, 50/60's California duo, for that matter? https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=14110

 
Yeah, never thought that, but definitely.  And then there is DP's Child In Time and Bombay Calling from IABD's first album.  Always did wonder about those two.

Nonetheless love these four songs by both artists.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmm, this is the cover I remember:

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_250/MI0001/612/MI0001612378.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

 
Hey beach, That;s a helluva memory you have. 
Hmm, this is the cover I remember:

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_250/MI0001/612/MI0001612378.jpg?partner=allrovi.com
{#Boohoo}
 fredriley wrote:

{#Lol} I was but a kid knee-high to a cricket in the 60s, but have gone out with more mature women who lived through the decade, and they've told me that it was pretty much like any other decade until it had passed then got the label "the 60s". True, there were major évènements in the era both sides of the Pond, but did people believe that they were living through a special era that would be in/famously immortalised? Perhaps some of the older denizens of this board could answer that question...?

 
Ah yes...every generation likes to think their young adult years...and even NOT so young adult years (heh), were some sort of special.  Stand back away from that self-centered indulgent thinking and you can see they're....not?  It's all just a point of view.  Add the benefit of some time and the point of view equalizes out along the line of your mature women.  {#Cheers} Time is the great leveler of each and every one of us.  But even so every generation has certain moments that define them, for better and, god help us, for worse.  The best of those times is reflected in music like this.  And reflected in other fashions, too. 

Sociological forces powered by the unfettered mind of a large cohort of young people did change society in fundamental sense(you can read into THAT statement anything you like - heh).  From technological developments you even now reap the benefits of, to the less technologically elegant and hideous styles of (disco) clothing, ethics and thought, some of which thank god were relegated to the trash can.  There were some things brewing back then, especially in politics.  I've seen those forces burble up from time to time ever since that era.  It's always surprising, sometimes better and other times not so much.  Regardless, they're always motivating.  And almost always the forces emerge from the province of the young.  It's a good thing, too.  Imagine a society dominated by an ossified elderly mind closed off to those energizing forces.  Why....then you'd have....Trump?  

And here's the irony for my generation.  If the Clintonistas were a reflection of our generations (purported) best instincts the Great Liar (as I call Trump) represents the worst of our carnal Huge Hefner playboy corporate aspirations.  Yin/Yang.  And life rolls regardless.

Sorry for being long-winded... 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
{#Boohoo} STILL ZESTY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS !
DUUUUUUUUDE! Thanks for motivating me to get off my ass, put on my glasses, and find this incredible LP that had gone missing on my stax-o'-wax!

Evidently it has sat for some years misfiled under the name "Marrying Maiden" when it correctly belongs snuggled up with, as it were, my Incredible String Band LP's, in the "i'" section right between Isaac Hayes and The J Geils Band, keeping the world in its eternal balance of yin and yang. Somewhere in this Bearcave there's a copy of It's A Beautiful Day, their eponymous first album too that's eluding capture... 
 
Those and David LaFlamme's  solo "White Bird" LP make a tasty sam'wich of early psychedelia that're just good enough to eat! 
 nomnol wrote:
Bill, where do you find this stuff? Excellent!

  He is THE BEST! {#Notworthy} IN MY BOOK! 
Bill, where do you find this stuff? Excellent!
very good 
Some sweet playing. 
 RedTruk wrote:
This is an old Deep Purple song - Hard Road (European albums called it Wring That Neck) from their Book of Taliesyn album of Dec 1968 when Ritchie Blackmore was still playing lead. I wonder what the relationship was between It's A Beautiful Day and Deep Purple? And Don & Dewey, 50/60's California duo, for that matter? https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=14110

 
Thanks RedTruk!  it's got that Blackmore vibe man  : )
Good way to describe it.  
 

Sloggydog wrote:
This is freakin cool

 


Once saw this band open up for Nazareth. 

They started with "white bird" song and were pretty much got booed off stage. 

"Now your're messing with a son of ...".   
 fredriley wrote:

{#Lol} I was but a kid knee-high to a cricket in the 60s, but have gone out with more mature women who lived through the decade, and they've told me that it was pretty much like any other decade until it had passed then got the label "the 60s". True, there were major évènements in the era both sides of the Pond, but did people believe that they were living through a special era that would be in/famously immortalised? Perhaps some of the older denizens of this board could answer that question...?

 
Those "mature" women weren't the philosophical types...
Yeah, think about it. THE PILL was the revolution.
What type of woman has 4, 5, 6+ kids these days. Nasty, politically incorrect comment could follow but I don't want to stray from the music forum.
 now that's some good ol fine jammin.. {#Dancingbanana}
Excellent, never heard this before. 
Yeee...Haaa. Saddle up!
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Maybe if it were still 1970 this might be OK, but it's 40 years too late.  Enough already

 
you thinking  gangsta crap is better?...............or maybe the canned crap from the mainstream shlocks......
{#Music} {#Sunny} {#Boohoo} nice treat, . David in fine form......
This is an old Deep Purple song - Hard Road (European albums called it Wring That Neck) from their Book of Taliesyn album of Dec 1968 when Ritchie Blackmore was still playing lead. I wonder what the relationship was between It's A Beautiful Day and Deep Purple? And Don & Dewey, 50/60's California duo, for that matter? https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=14110
 fredriley wrote:

{#Lol} I was but a kid knee-high to a cricket in the 60s, but have gone out with more mature women who lived through the decade, and they've told me that it was pretty much like any other decade until it had passed then got the label "the 60s". True, there were major évènements in the era both sides of the Pond, but did people believe that they were living through a special era that would be in/famously immortalised? Perhaps some of the older denizens of this board could answer that question...?

 
I can speak only for myself and for my milieu, which was San Francisco, but, yes, we knew something special was happening. All you had to do was step foot on Haight Street (before the hard drugs took it down), and you knew. The music scene was like something you'd never heard; the plastic arts were simply explosive; literature ditto. How could you not feel you were part of something important?
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Feeling more than a little Grappelli in this one. =)

 
Well, you definitely beat me to that, man.
 fredriley wrote:

{#Lol} I was but a kid knee-high to a cricket in the 60s, but have gone out with more mature women who lived through the decade, and they've told me that it was pretty much like any other decade until it had passed then got the label "the 60s". True, there were major évènements in the era both sides of the Pond, but did people believe that they were living through a special era that would be in/famously immortalised? Perhaps some of the older denizens of this board could answer that question...?

 

You talking to me?           You talking to ME?       Sorry, just hard of hearing.

Well, I did go to the same school as Keef, saw the Who when they were the butt of jokes, The Small Faces, also Cliff Richards (!). rode a scooter and lived near Brands Hatch. Went to many Trad Jazz clubs, pubs mainly, Chislehurst Caves for the concerts and read the NME front to back weekly. Felt privileged, since my background was distinctly blue collar. I was in Toronto when Woodstock was about to happen and 2 American friends were going down, but I couldn't be bothered - went to Yorkville to see Gordon Lightfoot play instead.

I did go to Greenwich village later that year and was unimpressed.

Did I know that it was going to become know as an infamous decade?

Of course not.


 johnjconn wrote:

Ahhhh , the 60's
If I could remember it, I'd probably speak highly of it.

 
{#Lol} I was but a kid knee-high to a cricket in the 60s, but have gone out with more mature women who lived through the decade, and they've told me that it was pretty much like any other decade until it had passed then got the label "the 60s". True, there were major évènements in the era both sides of the Pond, but did people believe that they were living through a special era that would be in/famously immortalised? Perhaps some of the older denizens of this board could answer that question...?
{#Boohoo} {#Bananajam} {#Bananapiano}   {#Guitarist}  {#Sunny}
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Feeling more than a little Grappelli in this one. =)

 

Absolutely. I always thought that a 'little Django' would have been nice as well. A wonderful band nevertheless.
Very snazzy!
Throwback!!!! I have this on vinyl!
This is freakin cool
 unclehud wrote:

How about music by Bach, Puccini, Cage, Coltrane, or Elvis?  How about books over 40?  Buildings over 40?  People over 40?  Enough already.
 
Some stuff still seems vibrant and relevant years later, some does not. This tune is okay, but it is heavily dated (which is fine) and it isn't quite Bach or Coltrane.  Do you really listen to John Cage - does anyone?
 RonBraithwaite wrote:
It's A Beautiful Day is one of my all-time favorite bands and this is probably my favorite song from their second album. I wore out three copies of their first album.

And I'm not a complete fuddy-duddy. I like Daft Punk, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, et.al. But just because a song is more than 40 years old doesn't mean that it is no longer beautiful.
 
If RP has taught us anything, it's that good music is good music....age doesn't matter.
 johnjconn wrote:

Ahhhh , the 60's
If I could remember it, I'd probably speak highly of it.

 
Good one!!!!     {#Stupid}
This is so good. Stopped working to listen.  Wow.
More from the magically musical year of 1969

These guys were the sh#t in the 60's - earlyt 70's. Remember "White Bird"? Yup. Its a Beautiful Day....once again RP pleases when it surprises...


Nice call. I haven't heard these guys in forever.
Don't know what to think of this.  I will flag it as a 6 for now.
Feeling more than a little Grappelli in this one. =)
Wow, heavy man, heavy. Back when music was more than music, it was COSMIC, know what I mean? Just kidding. But seriously, really, really good stuff, they don't make cars like they used to(thank goodness), but I wish more music was made like this stuff, karma filled joy.If you really like this song, you should buy the album, The Dolphin is one of my fav's as well, and was covered much later by Gove Scrivenor on his album from a few years back. Man oh man, life was good back then, life's still good, and I really believe in spite of all of the naysayers and end of the worlders out there, that it will be a good life in the future. You just gotta keep your focus, keep smilin, no matter what.


Tune has soul  {#Cool}
I dig.{#Cowboy}
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Maybe if it were still 1970 this might be OK, but it's 40 years too late.  Enough already
 
How about music by Bach, Puccini, Cage, Coltrane, or Elvis?  How about books over 40?  Buildings over 40?  People over 40?  Enough already.
It's A Beautiful Day is one of my all-time favorite bands and this is probably my favorite song from their second album. I wore out three copies of their first album.

And I'm not a complete fuddy-duddy. I like Daft Punk, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, et.al. But just because a song is more than 40 years old doesn't mean that it is no longer beautiful.
Cool song.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

I'm in my 30's, and the 1960's were before I was born. That's a long time ago.
 

Dude, you really missed out.
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Maybe if it were still 1970 this might be OK, but it's 40 years too late.  Enough already
 

Speak for yourself. I like this just as much now as I did then. You evidently could not be bothered to explain how the context of 2010 has changed your opinion from 1970. How old are you, anyway?

Maybe if it were still 1970 this might be OK, but it's 40 years too late.  Enough already
Foot. Won't. Stop. Tapping.  The only other song I've ever heard by these folks is "White Bird."  What a departure "Don And Dewey" is!  I'm lovin' it... {#Dancingbanana}
Saw these guys in 1970 at the Bath Festival. Their set was awesome and I bought "Marrying Maiden" as soon as I got back to London. I lost the LP about 20 years ago along with a lot of others from that period so this was a very welcome refresher.

For reasons that are beyond me, this reminds me of "Whistlin' Past The Graveyard" by Tom Waits (off Blue Valentines). That album is from 78, a good 8 years after It's a Beautiful Day recorded "Don and Dewey".

No idea why.

Am I going mad?


I considered myself a fan of these guys back in the day — yes, a long time ago, why don't you rub it in, AgentOrange— and I've never heard this track. Thanks for playing it, Bill. And the segue to the following track, Embryonic Journey by Jefferson Airplane, was flawless. Bravo.
Haven't heard this since it came out in 1970—nice!
 Gryn wrote:
An amazing long time ago?

Only to those under 20.

Some people know the 1960's weren't that long ago.
 
I'm in my 30's, and the 1960's were before I was born. That's a long time ago.
One of the best bands of the era. So fun to see them live. Deserves way higher rating!

Christmas Eve and I'm busy working my ass off to get stuff done so I can put work to rest for the next two days.  Man, THIS is the sort of thing that you only get on Radio Paradise to make that whole process go SO much better.
I bet Huey and Louie are feeling a bit left out.
Havent heard this for a very long time!! Thanks RP!!
 Otomi wrote:


Seems like yesterday, eh?
 
It wasn't?

I'm upping this from an 8 to a 9. Sweeeeet!
Have loved this song since the days of "underground" radio. I uploaded it twice and it got rejected both times, glad Rebecca finally came around.
 Gryn wrote:
An amazing long time ago?

Only to those under 20.

Some people know the 1960's weren't that long ago.
 

Seems like yesterday, eh?
Still love this song and like hearing it on regular basis.  It still stands up, especially if you love good fiddlin'.
I just love this song and this group. One of the few oldies i have in my collection.
An amazing long time ago?

Only to those under 20.

Some people know the 1960's weren't that long ago.
rscherm wrote:
A profound experience at the time, but the 30-something years since have brought so much ecclectic innovation that this is left sounding so-so.

so-so? , thats a damn nice so-so


Ahhhhhhhh, yes. {#Sunny}
I loved this song/album then (when it came out), and I love it now.
Woo-hoo! What a wondrous piece of fiddling!
Yes! Yes! :whistle:
love love love! thanks bill...dig the playlist tonite~
Nice old song from the past. I used to listen to this on one of my old records, but I just dont remember wich one. A collection I think...
It's a beautiful listening! :jump:
rscherm wrote:
A profound experience at the time, but the 30-something years since have brought so much ecclectic innovation that this is left sounding so-so.
Hey, can I have your old LPs?
:good-vibes: WOW - major flashback - thanks, Bill!!
Raoule wrote:
Zoiks! Acid flashback, indeed! Nice to hear the LaFlammes are back in the fold. I saw the remnants of the original lineup open for Bruce Springsteen circa 1972-73. God, they were awful!! :propeller:
Saw David & Linda LaFlamme last month w/ Tom Constanten on keyboards.. Opened with "Don and Dewey"! ..real professionals, tight and hard working, enjoyed them quite a bit, very nice vibe.. I think the 72-73 band that so disappointed you may have already lost their heart and soul? :sunny: IFF :sunny: damn...where'd Alice and the Dormouse wander off to now...
Yawn.
ThePoose wrote:
Sounds as if Bill is fiddling around again. Who's next? Jean-Luc Ponty playing with Uncle Frank?
Pretty please??
Sounds as if Bill is fiddling around again. Who's next? Jean-Luc Ponty playing with Uncle Frank?
Phenomenal.
This song brings a flood of memorys. '69 VW van travaling across the U.S. with my hippi parents when I was but 13. Family reunions in visalia.
Play some Quicksilver Messenger Service & Country Joe and the Fish and warm up my casket for me...I'm going out dancin' :sunny:
A profound experience at the time, but the 30-something years since have brought so much ecclectic innovation that this is left sounding so-so.
Black Sabbath - Sabbra Cadabra ?
Zoiks! Acid flashback, indeed! Nice to hear the LaFlammes are back in the fold. I saw the remnants of the original lineup open for Bruce Springsteen circa 1972-73. God, they were awful!! :propeller:
ahh, another progressive radio classic! :cheers:
blahh...why not play some Dan Hicks, Bill? much better than this
:dance:
celt wrote:
Jeeze...haven't heard this in ages! :^)
wow ... brings me back!!!! :bounce:
celt wrote:
Jeeze...haven't heard this in ages! :^)
Close to thirty years, I believe!
celt wrote:
Jeeze...haven't heard this in ages! :^)
no kidding. it's great! so much better than the more commonly heard White Bird. wouldn't mind hearing Girl with No Eyes, either, now that I think about it.
Jeeze...haven't heard this in ages! :^)
Dang! It is great to hear this piece of ear candy!
wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Never heard this before. I like it.
I'm doing the Happy Foot Dance!
Damn, bout jumped out of my chair! :bananajumprope:
Old skool!
tg3k wrote:
Same dog bit me...this song used to get more than enough airplay back in the day, but it's good to hear it after such a long time. Thanks Bill. :clap:
Yippee!! This one made my day.
BillG wrote:
This album predates that Deep Purple release by over a year. This piece is actually a tribute to fiddler Don "Sugarcane" Harris, who performed as part of the duo Don & Dewey back in the 50s.
He also sings and plays *amazing* blues fiddle on "Directly from My Heart to You", a Little Richard tune as done by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The track appears on "Weasels Ripped My Flesh", and was recorded (I think) in 1969.
Given the instrumentation and technology available for the era, this is an incrfedilbly awesome piece of music! Wow! So good to hear it again.
I've always loved this song, used to hear it a lot back in it's day. I uploaded it about a year ago but it got rejected, thanks for giving it a reprieve, Bill!
Amazon wrote:
hooray! some It's A Beatuful Day *other* than "White Bird"! :clap:
AMEN!! It's awesome to hear this again!
Wasn't liking this song before the harmonica kicked in, that sealed the deal. I'm sure it had a time and a place, but this aint it.
I like the fiddle and the guitar parts. And also the mouth organ is sounding great!
sharkartist wrote:
...I haven't heard Don & Dewey on the radio in close to 30 years. ...
Same dog bit me...this song used to get more than enough airplay back in the day, but it's good to hear it after such a long time. Thanks Bill. :clap:
First the Youngbloods "Darkness, Darkness", now this. Help, I'm having an acid flashback!!
lightranger wrote:
It's a Beautiful Day did a lot of great work but I belive that David LaFlame is a rip off artist. This song is a rip off of HARD ROAD by Deep Purple.
This album predates that Deep Purple release by over a year. This piece is actually a tribute to fiddler Don "Sugarcane" Harris, who performed as part of the duo Don & Dewey back in the 50s.
lightranger wrote:
It's a Beautiful Day did a lot of great work but I belive that David LaFlame is a rip off artist. This song is a rip off of HARD ROAD by Deep Purple.
It Sure IS!
fine fiddle playin'... good to hear them on RP! :clap:
dedico questa canzone a laura con affetto..sperando proprio che sia un beautiful day paolo
I remember what an eclectic band of gypsies these guys were. Great tune.