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‘I See You Live On Love Street – Music From Laurel Canyon 1967-1975’ 3-CD Box Set

    Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, contributed to the mystique of Laurel Canyon by penning “Love Street” while residing behind the Laurel Canyon Country Store. The allure of the canyon also touched the lives of Michelle Phillips and John Phillips, members of the Mamas and the Papas, who lived on Lookout Mountain in 1965 during the height of their musical success.

    The inception of the Laurel Canyon music scene is often attributed to the arrival of Frank Zappa, who took residence at the intersection of Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the late 1960s. According to former Byrds bassist Chris Hillman, the creative energy of Laurel Canyon was already palpable in 1966 when he wrote the iconic song “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” at his house on a steep winding street, the name of which has faded from memory.

    The cultural significance of Laurel Canyon has been immortalized in various books and documentaries, which have both mythologized and romanticized this sylvan retreat nestled discreetly behind Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills. The tales of artistic inspiration, collaborative synergy, and bohemian lifestyles that unfolded within the wooded confines of Laurel Canyon continue to captivate the imagination of music enthusiasts and cultural historians alike.

    Ask anyone in America where the craziest people live and they’ll tell you California. Ask anyone in California where the craziest people live and they’ll say Los Angeles. Ask anyone in Los Angeles where the craziest people live and they’ll tell you Hollywood. Ask anyone in Hollywood where the craziest people live and they’ll say Laurel Canyon. And ask anyone in Laurel Canyon where the craziest people live and they’ll say Lookout Mountain. So I bought a house on Lookout Mountain. —Joni Mitchell

    Red Cherry Records/Grapefruit has captivated my admiration with its meticulously curated music collections, which stand out as some of the finest assortments in the musical landscape. An exemplary representation of their distinctive curation is evident in the release of “I See You Live On Love Street – Music From Laurel Canyon 1967-1975, 3CD Box Set.” Once again, Red Cherry Records has left its indelible mark by showcasing a unique selection of music, skillfully arranged around the captivating theme of Laurel Canyon.

    This compilation takes listeners on a journey through the enchanting period of music spanning from 1967 to 1975, a time when Laurel Canyon was a hotbed of artistic creativity. The 3CD Box Set expertly captures the essence of that magical era with a blend of classic and unconventional songs, all of which remain relevant and compelling even by today’s musical standards.

    Red Cherry Records not only assembles a collection but also crafts an experience, weaving together a tapestry of melodies that not only pays homage to the past but resonates with contemporary sensibilities. The meticulous attention to detail and the discerning eye for selecting tracks that encapsulate the spirit of Laurel Canyon make this compilation a testament to Red Cherry Records’ commitment to preserving and celebrating the richness of musical history.

    By the end of the 60s, the international music world’s nexus had shifted from previous hotspots like Liverpool, London and San Francisco to Laurel Canyon, a rural oasis amid the bustle of Los Angeles.

    I see you live on Love Street
    There’s this store where the creatures meet
    I wonder what they do in there
    -The Doors

    Just minutes from Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and the LA record companies/studios, Laurel Canyon became home to a folk, country, rock and pop hybrid that encompassed everyone from early players The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield to The Doors, Frank Zappa, Glen Campbell and manufactured pop kingpins The Monkees.

    The canyon’s rustic charms and the proximity of leading folk den The Troubadour attracted a phalanx of singer/songwriters while also giving birth to the country-rock movement, kickstarted by various Byrds/Springfield spin-offs (Dillard & Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco) and former teen idol Ricky Nelson.

    Highly incestuous, the Laurel Canyon family featured some unlikely bedfellows: The Monkees worked with Frank Zappa, The Turtles sponsored Judee Sill and hung out with The Doors, Kim Fowley collaborated with both Steppenwolf and Warren Zevon, and the individual members of CSNY appeared on each other’s solo records as well as everyone else’s.

    Four-hour, 72-track anthology of the Laurel Canyon music community that became a dominant worldwide force in the late 60s/early 70s.

    A follow-up to Grapefruit’s acclaimed 2022 compilation ‘Heroes & Villains: The Sound of Los Angeles 1965-1968’, the painstakingly assembled ‘I See You Live On Love Street: Music From Laurel Canyon 1967-1975’ charts the scene’s birth and gradual development until a revitalized, relocated Fleetwood Mac spearheaded a new, sleeker Laurel Canyon sound to go stratospheric in the mid-70s.

    Housed in a clamshell box that includes a heavily annotated and illustrated 48-page booklet, ‘I See You Live On Love Street’ features many of the biggest names in the canyon community alongside acts who failed to succeed at the time but achieved cult status.

    TRACK LISTING

    DISC ONE

    Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon (1967-1968)

    1 COME ON IN – The Association

    2 TIGHTER – Paul Revere & The Raiders

    3 THE GOOD HUMOR MAN, HE SEES EVERYTHING LIKE THIS – Love

    4 AS WE GO ALONG – The Monkees

    5 HOLDING – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    6 SMILE, LET YOUR LIFE BEGIN – The Factory

    7 OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM – The Gentle Soul

    8 I’VE GOT TO KNOW -The Stone Poneys

    9 LOVE STREET – The Doors

    10 HOW MANY NIGHTS HAVE PASSED – Clear Light

    11 FLOATING DREAM – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

    12 MONTAGE MIRROR – Smokey Roberds with Roger Nichols Trio

    13 HALFWAY THERE – Ruthann Friedman

    14 WILDFLOWERS – The Holy Mackerel

    15 SECRET SAUCER MAN – Barry McGuire

    16 MANSIONS – The Mamas & The Papas

    17 I NEED YOU – The Sunshine Company

    18 THELVE THIRTY – Scott McKenzie

    19 A CHILD’S CLAIM TO FAME – Buffalo Springfield

    20 TRAIN LEAVES HERE THIS MORNIN’ – Dillard & Clark

    21 BLIGHT – The Millennium

    22 CALL ON ME – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

    23 TWILIGHT SANCTUARY – The Leaves

    24 YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER – The Byrds

    25 I HAD A DREAM LAST NIGHT – The M.F.Q. (Modern Folk Quartet)

    26 SHADOW DREAM SONG – Steve Noonan

    27 HELLO, HOORAY – Judy Collins

    DISC TWO

    Going Home To California (1969-1971)

    1 LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH – Stephen Stills

    2 PICKIN’ UP THE PIECES – Poco

    3 BUZZIN’ FLY – Tim Buckley

    4 KINGSWOOD HILLS – Hoyt Axton

    5 CHRISTINE’S TUNE – The Flying Burrito Brothers

    6 MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) – Three Dog Night

    7 LADY-O – The Turtles

    8 CALIFORNIA – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

    9 P. F. SLOAN – Jimmy Webb

    10 WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE – Glen Campbell

    11 BLUEBIRD – Susan Carter

    12 I STILL WONDER – Love

    13 LET’S WORK TOGETHER – Canned Heat

    14 IT’S NEVER TOO LATE – Steppenwolf

    15 PEACHES EN REGALIA – Frank Zappa

    16 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE – Warren Zevon

    17 BORN TO MAKE YOU CRY – Kim Fowley

    18 I AM THE BREEZE – Essra Mohawk

    19 WHITE LIGHT – Gene Clark

    20 TRACTION IN THE RAIN – David Crosby

    21 BROTHER SPEED – Russ Giguere

    22 OUTLAW – Grin

    23 TOO MUCH TRUTH, TOO MUCH LOVE – Dave Mason & Cass Elliot

    DISC THREE

    Postcards From Hollywood (1971-1975)

    1 SOME PEOPLE CALL IT MUSIC – J. D. Souther

    2 EASY TO SLIP – Little Feat

    3 BIRDS – Linda Ronstadt

    4 CRAYON ANGELS – Judee Sill

    5 DRIVING ALONG – Nilsson

    6 WE HAVE NO SECRET – Carly Simon

    7 I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT – Crazy Horse

    8 BACK ON THE STREET AGAIN – Jo Mama

    9 DANNY’S SONG – Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina

    10 HOW MUCH I’VE LIED – Gram Parsons

    11 FLYING TO MORNING – Rosebud

    12 JOURNEY THRU THE PAST – Rita Coolidge

    13 I THINK HE’S HIDING – Cyrus Faryar

    14 PAPER TO WRITE ON – Crabby Appleton

    15 TIGHT ROPE – Leon Russell

    16 ANYWAY I LOVE YOU – Dan Fogelberg

    17 POSTCARDS FROM HOLLYWOOD – Ned Doheny

    18 OUTLAW MAN – David Blue

    19 FOR FREE – Morning

    20 FALLIN’ IN LOVE – Souther Hillman Furay Band

    21 COOK WITH HONEY – Howdy Moon

    22 SAY YOU LOVE ME – Fleetwood Mac 

    Tony M.