Going Back to Colorado is the 2nd album by Colorado blues/hard rock outfit Zephyr. It was released in 1971. I'm a big fan of the guitarist Tommy Bolin and therefore like Zephyr's music, he's incredibly young 17-20 whilst playing with the band and amazingly talented for his age.
When talking about the band, comparisons between the singer Candy Givens and Janis Joplin always crop up because she often sounds identical. This album is no different and tracks like Going Back to Colorado and Radio Song go to show that. Candy Givens has a much wider range of vocals though in my opinion and there are several tracks that sound more country or even gospel like Keep Me.
Tommy Bolin's guitar playing is once again amazing, he seems to be able to turn his hand to just about any style and usually throw in an amazing solo or two for fun while he's at it. Towards the end of the upbeat Miss Libertine, there's a hint of contemporaries Santana about it.
Fades Softly is a psychedelic track with hints of jazz coming through, parts of it spookily sound like they've influenced Portishead some 25 or so years later.
See My People Come Together is probably my favourite track on the album, a bit like sticking Joplin and Hendrix together on the same track.
Take My Love is a general exception to the style of the album and is essentially a jazz track. Though Zephyr went on to make one album, Tommy Bolin and drummer Bobby Berge had left and the band had lost much of it's impetus, therefore this album and the self-titled album Zephyr (1969) are the two albums you want.
A phenomenal band that deserve much more success than they received. There's not a weak link in this album.
1. Going Back to Colorado
2. Miss Libertine
3. Fades Softly
4. Radio Song
5. See My People Come Together
7. Keep Me
8. Take My Love
An album most definitely worth having, I think so much so that I'm going to the trouble to dig up some links from youtube for you, so that if you do like it, you may go out and get it!
Going Back to Colorado, Miss Libertine, Fades Softly -
Radio Song, See My People Come Together & Showbizzy -
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Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Going Back to Colorado
2 Miss Libertine
3 Fades Softly
4 Radio Song
5 See My People Come Together
7 Keep Me
8 Take My Love
9 I'll Be Right Here
10 At This Very Moment