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Various Artists - West Coast Love-In (1967)

This compilation released by Vault Records in 1967 includes tracks recorded by the Peanut Butter Conspiracy prior to their signing to Columbia. It also includes tracks by The Ashes who included a number of musicians who went on to form the Peanut Butter Conspiracy.

The album is rounded out by four songs by the Chambers Brothers, who also signed to Columbia after their stint on Vault. (Jack Dominilla)

The year 1967 was known as the "Summer of Love" as San Francisco was the breeding ground for many happenings. "Love In's" were staged everywhere and the air was teeming with the psychedelic sounds of groups like the Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. Another classic West Coast psychedelic act was the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, formed in Los Angeles in 1966 out of a folk-rock group, The Ashes, who included John Merrill (guitar/ vocals); Alan Brackett (bass/ vocals); Barbara "Sandi" Robison (vocals) future Jefferson Airplane member Spencer Dryden (drums) and Jim Cherniss (guitar/ vocals). Both groups released singles on the Los Angeles based Vault Records label in the mid 1960's as did the legendary soul meets psychedelic band, The Chambers Brothers. In 1967 Vault released the classic album "West Coast Love-In" featuring all three groups. Featured on the album was the Ashes' only single for Vault, "Is There Anything I Can Do," written by Jackie DeShannon. Finally available in the digital domain, all selections newly remastered. (amazon)

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