Featured as a 'lost classic' in Uncut magazine a while back, this was the first that i'd heard of 'California Bloodlines' by John Stewart, who it turns out had made his name as songwriter, notably for 'Daydream Believer', recorded by The Monkees. 'California Bloodlines' was recorded in Nashville sometime in 1969, across the road from Bob Dylan, who was in the middle of making 'Nashville Skyline' and both albums share not only some of the same Nashville sidemen but also a sense of adventure and spirit. Another album that i was reminded of was 'White Light' by Gene Clark. Packed full of great songs, it makes you wonder how something as catchy as 'Omaha Rainbow' didn't capture peoples imagination on it's release. 'Some Lonesome Picker', 'California Bloodlines' and 'Never Goin' Back' are a few of the other standout tracks. It does come across that John Stewart had the time of his life making this album. Also included on this 2CD package is follow up 'Willard' which sadly suffers in direct comparison to 'California Bloodlines'. This time around produced by Peter Asher, it feels too polished and lacks some of that energy. It does contain a few great songs though, such as, 'Belly Full of Tennessee', 'Clack Clack', 'Earth Rider' and 'Julie, Judy, Angel Rain'. I guess that overall though, Uncut weren't that far off the mark, as 'California Bloodlines' is certainly a lost classic.