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Zephyr

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    The Era of the Group has allegedly ended: Elton John and James Taylor have been appointed the stars of the future. For people who find a special magic in the notion of a rock & roll band the times are hardly sanguine, but if you really appreciate a totally self-sufficient writing and performing collective, you can always find some nice, listenable music sooner or later.

Zephyr are not particularly remarkable or innovative, but they have taken the trouble to work out among themselves a diverse, well-arranged succession of songs reminiscent... Read More

of some of the good second-string albums of a couple of years ago, with just enough eclecticism for seasoning.

Candy Givens (what a name!), mainly remembered for a somewhat too impeccable Joplin style is beginning to come through with a looser, more personal delivery, even if those echoes do flash a bit disconcertingly close at certain moments, as on the pleasingly mawkish "revolooshun" march "See My People Come Together." She can still give "At This Very Moment" a smooth flow, with clear soprano bridge, reminiscent in the very best way of Barbra Streisand and the non-blues-based pop tradition in general. And "I'll Be Right Here," the album's pinnacle in terms of song, is given a beautiful hymnlike reading that enhances its great lyrics: "The crops this year have been uncommonly poor/And next year the fields will surely be idle North of this place they let the red dust pour/Through their palms and shake their heads/But I'll be right here/Till I lay down and die."

The rest of the band, in composition and performances, functions at much the same level of solid, understated invention. The title tune has all the churning looseness of a plains bar-band on Friday night. "Night Fades Softly" is fine for some simple but beautifully modulated soprano sax that echoes down through the filters of restrained electronic gimmickry like beams of light in a deep forest. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and whether that has anything to do with it or not the distortions applied to several songs are truly appropriate and enhancing and show that the electronic arsenal still has much to offer even the most lyrical music.

There are songs here that don't work, too, like the shrill, banal Joplin-and-metal-guitar "Show-bizzy," and "The Radio Song," which is almost as dumb a milking of the obvious cliches and nostalgias as Dave Edmunds' "I Hear You Knocking." But even that is well-played, and along with a couple of other well-behaved but unspectacular numbers, it grows on you. The main thing about Zephyr is that they write interesting songs and know how to record them with polish and professionalism and those little extra touches that make arrangements intriguing. As a result their second album is unusually substantial. That's saying something these days. (RS 79)


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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
Zephyr - Going Back To Colorado   Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado
09-l-46 United States, Warner Bros Brothers Records, Ws 1897, 1971
  LP   VG Shuga Record
United States
  $25.00     Details
  Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado
(warner Bros 1897) Original Us Pressed Lp In Good Clean Condition. Featuring Tommy Bolin (pre Dee...
  LP   VG+ / VG+ Oz Music Onl
Australia
  $25.65     Details
Going Back To Colorado - Zephyr   Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado
1971,wlp,tommy Bolin,rw,toc,wobc Warner Bros Ws 1897
  LP   VG/VG+ Solid Viper
United States
  $29.99     Details
  Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado
Wbros Ws 1897,green Label,1971,few Light Vinyl Scuffs,cutout vinyl Record Album
  LP   M-/M- Brothers
United States
  $58.50     Details

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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado.
0 flip Radio Song--drilled Hole Ca, Warner Bro, 7444
  7"   ---- / VG RECORD KINGD
Canada
  $4.00     Details
  ZEPHYR   Going Back To Colorado
2 Copies Wb
  7"   M-/ Finyl Vinyl 
Canada
  $5.75     Details
  Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado
Wb 7444
  7"   VG NM miraculous c
United States
  $15.50     Details
  ZEPHYR   Going Back To Colorado / The Radio Song
Wlp Warner Bros., 7444
  7"   M-/ Barry Wickha
United States
  $17.25     Details

LP+CDR

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
Zephyr - Going Back To Colorado Album   Zephyr   Going Back To Colorado
Lp+cdr Copy -- This Vinyl Record Album Includes A Custom Made, High Quality Digital Recording (.w...
  LP+CDR   VG/VG+ Solid Viper
United States
  $58.74     Details
  ZEPHYR   Going Back To Colorado
Lp + Cdr Copy: Wbros Ws 1897, Green Label, 1971, Few Light Vinyl Scuffs, Cutout This Is An Excell... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $118.95     Details

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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  ZEPHYR   Going Back To Colorado
7" Single + Cdr Copy: Ca Flip Radio Song--drilled Hole Warner Bro:7444 This Is An Excellent ... Special Order
  7"+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $33.95     Details
  ZEPHYR   Going Back To Colorado / The Radio Song - White Label Promo
7" Single + Cdr Copy: Early Tommy Bolin Release. 7" Vinyl White Label Promo Single Has ... Special Order
  7"+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $37.95     Details

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