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Loosen Up Naturally / The Sons / Follow Your Heart Double CD, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (21 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B00HSW6VUG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1982–A
2. The Thing To Do
3. Misery Isn’t Free
4. Rooftop
5. Everywhere
6. Don’t Fight It, Do It!
7. Get High
8. Black And Blue Rainbow
9. Hello Sunlight
10. Things Are Gettin’ Better
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Love Of A Woman
2. Terry’s Tune
3. Boomp Boomp Chop
4. Why Do People Run From The Rain
5. It’s Time
6. Country Girl
7. You Can Fly
8. Before You Right Now
9. Children Know
10. Hey Children
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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First three Capitol Records albums from San Francisco's Sons Of Champlin, dating from 1969 and 1971. Their first two albums made the US Top 200, but 'Follow Your Heart' failed to chart. In 1977 the group disbanded, but reformed in 1985 for a one-off gig. They resurfaced in 1997, and are still gigging and recording today. Digitally remastered and slipcased. Extensive new notes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By calmly on 25 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When the double album first appeared, the local college radio station started playing the 14 minute plus "Freedom" often but I only had to hear it once to love it. The entire album turned out to be amazing and its a sound you won't find anywhere else. The great horn work continued with the 2nd album "The Sons", but even without the horns, the Sons were outstanding and one of a kind, as on the later releases "Follow Your Heart" and "Circle Filled With Love". There's a life-affirming beauty in these songs that got stronger release by release, but it's already present in great power in this first album. Here's the pure spirit of the hippie late '60's and early '70's as found in few other ways nowadays.

If you like horns, this album is the rival of "Chicago Transit Authority". And if there's a hippie somewhere inside of you, these are your lyrics. In recent years, an increasing number of releases by the "Sons" have been re-issued, along with some recent live material from the re-formed band, so if you start with "Loosen Up Naturally", you can then follow the path of the Sons from the late 60's on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Taking their name from bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Bill Champlin - THE SONS OF CHAMPLIN [aka The SONS] were something of well-kept West Coat secret for most British fans. But this fantastic 2014 double-CD haul on Britain's Beat Goes On (BGO) rectifies that San Francisco hole in your life with huge style. Here are the longhaired be-speckled LSD-induced details...

UK released April 2014 - Beat Goes On BGOCD 1135 (Barcode 5017261211354) contains 3 full albums on 2CDs as follows...

Disc 1 (73:08 minutes):
1. 1982-A
2. The Thing I Do
3. Misery Isn't Free
4. Rooftop
5. Everywhere [Side 2]
6. Don't Fight It, Do It!
7. Get High
8. Black And Blue Rainbow [Side 3]
9. Hello Sunlight
10. Things Are Gettin' Better
11. Freedom [Side 4]
Tracks 1 to 11 are the band's debut album "Loosen Up Naturally" originally released May 1969 in the USA as a 2LP set on Capitol Records SWBB-200

12. Love Of A Woman
13. Terry's Tune
Tracks 12 and 13 are the first two tracks on Side 1 of their 2nd American album `The Sons" (now credited simply as The Sons) released November 1969 on Capitol Records SKAO-332

Disc 2 (71:24 minutes):
1. Boomp Boomp Chop [last track Side 1 of "The Sons"]
2. Why Do People Run From The Rain [Side 2]
3. It's Time
4. Country Girl
5. You Can Fly
Tracks 1 to 5 are the remainder of "The Sons" LP

6. Before You Right Now
7. Children Know
8. Hey Children
9. Follow Your Heart
10. Beside You [Side 2]
11. Headway
12. The Child Continued
13. A Sound Love
14.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
BGO have done it again releasing a cracking good set of a (almost) forgotten band at a bargain price. The SF band Sons Of Champlin were named after their leader and were a popular gigging band, indeed they were featured on the triple vinyl box "The Last Days Of The Fillmore".

Here we have their first three albums originally released on Capitol from 69 to 71, and what a joy they are. There is a very interesting and informative 20 page booklet with the set with a vast amount of information taken from Charlie Kelly's, their former roadie website, (he is credited for the info). Why this band didn't receive more recognition is beyond me, however I heartily recommend this album to anyone who loves 60s West Coast like me.

The running time is near enough two and a half hours so for a tenner you get plenty to listen to. Packaging is a standard slim-line plastic box with a cardboard slipcase.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
From album cover to the last track, a classic rock album. 9 Dec. 1999
By Colleen O'Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After reading all the other reviews, there's little I can add. I grew up in the Bay Area in the sixties, and no self-respecting hippie was without a copy of "Loosen Up Naturally". Their inspiring lyrics got me through some tough college classes, as well as some hairy personal experiences. Who can not be affected by the soaring message of "Freedom"? The music inspires shouting, and loud singing in general. Yes, they played their music at a time when all that seemed important was the playing of good music. Man, those were the days, and the Sons were right in the thick of it. They were simply awesome in concert, as if they had never played these songs before. It's great to discover other "Sons" fans out there. It's a must addition to a classic rock collection.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
San Francisco Greatness 19 Jun. 2000
By Barry Adamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, I've typed this in without reading any of the other reviews. I first heard this album when I lived in the Bay Area in 1968-1969, and it struck me then that these guys -- who, for some inexplicable reason, did not get the hype of the other great S.F. bands -- were, without much question, one of the premiere S.F. bands -- up there with Cold Blood in terms of a "horns" band. (No, Tower of Power hadn't been invented yet. And if you haven't heard of Cold Blood, well take some initiative.)
Simply exquisite musicianship with impeccable and original -- emphasis on "original" -- arrangements. A truly exceptional band. Trust me. Buy their live album, too.
Best S.F band in the '60s? I lived there: my vote -- tie between Santana and the Sons of Champlin. No question about it. Buy it! Pass the magic to another generation!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best CD you've never heard 19 Aug. 2000
By Mark Plunkett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in the early 70's when a friend loaned it to me. Being a trombone player at the time, it absolutely blew me away. I can't for the life of me understand why the Sons never made it. They are early Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rare Earth and Chase all rolled in to one, but much more talented and much more soulful than Chocago ever was. Listening to this album (I'm showing my age calling them "albums") will literally send chills down your spine. The opening cut, 1982A is absolutely incredible. Buy this one---it will be the best [money] you ever spent!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Music - best rock with a horn section of the 60s 16 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the the late 60s I walked into a music store and this album was playing. I was in there for about 40 minutes looking at other music and this record was playing the entire time. Every song was great. I went up to the counter and asked who the band was and they told me it was the Sons of Champlin. I bought it immediately. I bought the record, years later I bought it in cassette and now I have bought it in CD. I have never gotten tired of listening to it and it sounded great in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. During this time my taste in music went from black sabbath to paul simon and back and no matter what frame of mind I was in Champlin was also great to listen to.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best jazz-rock funky horn-band album ever! 26 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First a little background on the band. The Sons of Champlin are simply the best recording group that never "made it". What they did make was the best funky, blue-eyed soul music ever laid down. To quote the Grateful Dead, "The Sons are musician's musicians". All of the Bay area bands in the late 60's through the mid 70's loved the Sons. They were amoung the original hippies and so, all that mattered then was absolutey kicking ass with their music. Combining Bill Champlin's incredibly soulful voice, plus his keyboard and guitar work with Terry Haggerty's jazz-laced lead guitar, Geoff Palmer on Hammond B-3 and vibes and a great horn and rythum section. Loosen Up Naturally was the bands first and in my opinion, best album. Listening to it is a cosmic, and for some a spirtual experience. For all that love rock, jazz, soul and R&B, I swear to God, you simply must own this recording. Buy it today for yourself and buy it for your friends. By the way, for the last eight years, Bill Champlin has been the vocalist, guitar and keyboard player for Chicago. But the best news is that The Sons of Champlin are back together recording and performing!
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