The Trio – “A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed For All”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 So, this album is among the ranks of those rare folk albums that you see very little of, that have surprisingly good songs on them.
 Anyways, the album opens with a cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Our House” – though, I’ve heard both versions (this and the original) I must say, I prefer this a cappella version of the song, as opposed to the actual version of the real song. Though, the vocals are a little rough for my liking. After that the boys go into “A Beatle Medley” which opens with their version of the Beatles “Good Day Sunshine” and it’s a pretty nice way to enter the medley, then it goes into “If I Needed Someone” and it’s pretty solid, though, unlike most medley tracks, the boys don’t really make all the songs into one vocally, they use their instruments to go from song to song, though when they go from the middle to the ending part, “I’ve Just Seen a Face” they merge the lyrics and it makes for a pretty nice track. They then cover Yes’ “Your Move” – and well, it’s a pretty good track, the vocals on this album are pretty nice and easy to listen to. After that, they boys go on to cover The Turtles’ “Happy Together” – and though, it’s nowhere near as great as the original version of the song, it is still pretty amazing to hear it covered like this, it’s just the three guys and one guitar. (What do you expect from an album recorded in a van?) Then comes a song written by the long haired fellow in the middle on the cover, “Last Trip to Fullerton” and though it is a short track, it makes for a pretty good song. No that bad at all! Then comes “Picture Yourself” (which is actually “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” without the chorus.) it makes for a pretty solid closing track, despite that they cut out right before the best part of the song.

 So, onwards to the B-Side with a cover of “California Dreamin’” (Do I really need to say who originally does this song?) – and well, the song is pretty amazing! I cannot begin to even express how great of a cover version this song, it’s literally better than the other folk album mentioned in my introduction. It’s almost as great as the original. Then the boys come back with another Beatles cover, “Ticket to Ride” and I’m not overly big on the Beatles, so this song being covered by these guys is a pretty great thing for me, cause the song is good, and then the vocals and guitar playing provided by the guys is pretty great. After that they cover Neil Young’s “Birds” and well, it’s a pretty good track, it’s quite relaxing and not overly bad. I’m kind of in love with the whole idea of the 3 guys doing folk songs with only a guitar. Then they come with another Beatles cover, “This Boy” follows next, and I definitely dig the whole acoustic covers of all these Beatles tracks. One of the guys sure can hit high notes, and it’s beyond impressive, and it’s a pretty great song. Then they close off the album with a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and this whole album has been an off the wall musical adventure, and the fact they chose to end it with Bowie’s most famous track makes for an amazing album. The chorus is absolutely beautiful.

 Well done boys.

Interesting Facts:

Track Listing:
A1 – Our House
A2 – A Beatle Medley
 i – Good Day Sunshine
 ii – If I Needed Someone
 iii – I’ve Just Seen A Face
A3 – Your Love
A4 – Happy Together
A5 – Last Trip to Fullerton
A6 – Picture Yourself

B1 – California Dreamin’
B2 – Ticket to Ride
B3 – Birds
B4 – This Boy
B5 – Space Oddity

Russ Enloe Mobil Recording

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Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Manager – Randy Aspinall
Producer – Ron Browne
Ass’t. Producer & Coordinator – Uncle Ned
Photography – Alberta Schuster
Engineer – Marcos Joseph & Tom Know

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