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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fever Tree San Francisco Girls

Fever Tree San Francisco Girls
Fever Tree San Francisco Girls

Fever Tree San Francisco Girls

Fever Tree San Francisco Girls

Fever Tree San Francisco Girls
















Fever Tree is former Houston, Texas psychedelic rock band, primarily known for their anthemic 1968 hit, "San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)" (#91 Pop Singles). The band started in 1966 as folk rock outfit, The Bostwick Vines. The changed their name in 1967 after the addition of keyboard player Rob Landes. The band subsequently signed with the Chicago-based Mainstream Records. Two unsuccessful singles were recorded, and the unit then signed to Uni Records, and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1968. "San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)" was penned by Vivian Holtzman, one of the band's producers.

Their song "San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)" reached #91 in the U.S. charts, sometime in late 1968. Like most of the band's material, it was written by Scott and Vivian Holtzman, who also were the band's producers. This four-minute track captured all the band's trademarks: Dennis Keller's incantation-like vocals, the quick shifting between slow parts with an almost sacral feeling and faster, more rock-oriented parts, and especially the smoking guitar work by Michael Knust. Their pretty, wistful ballads (enhanced on their first album by arranger David Angel, who had also worked on Love's classic Forever Changes) endure better than their dirge-like fuzz grinders, which epitomize common aspects of heavy psychedelia.

San Francisco Girls lyrics

Out there it's summertime
Milk and honey days
Oh, San Francisco girls with
San Francisco ways
Don't try to stop me girl, you can't have your way
Don't try to stop me girl, nothin' you can say
Live like you wanna live and stay where you wanna stay
I just gotta go and get back to the Bay
So you love me girl, you're just in my way
Don't try to stop me girl, I'm movin' out today
Do what you wanna do and play what you wanna play
I just gotta go and get back to the Bay

1 comment:

Parke said...

Fever Tree certainly captured the spirit of the times, although they seem more of a pop-rock band than a psychedelic band, at least based on the recordings. San Francisco Girls is a classic of gentle psychedelia, for sure. Great group.