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Music From The Canyons

Side A
Artist Song
Arlo Guthrie  Coming Into Los Angeles (abridged) 
The Beatles  Blue Jay Way 
John Mayall  Medicine Man 
The Byrds  Eight Miles High 
Spirit  Prelude-Nothing To Hide (abridged)(F. Zappa into from Plastic People) 
The Byrds  Triad 
John Mayall  Walking On Sunset 
Buffalo Springfield  For What It's Worth (F. Zappa intro from Plastic People) 
The Byrds  Draft Morning 
Crosby, Stills & Nash  Almost Cut My Hair 
Spirit  Aren't You Glad 
Neil Young  Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets) 
The Doors  Love Street (Mick Taylor intro from The Bear) 
Joni Mitchell  Ladies Of The Canyon 
John Mayall  Laurel Canyon Home 
The Lovin' Spoonful  What A Day For A Daydream 
Crosby, Stills & Nash  Guinnevere 
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  Our House 
Joni Mitchell  Willy 
Neil Young  After The Gold Rush 
Three Dog Night  Out In The Country 
Carole King  So Far Away 
Side B
Graham Nash  Chicago 
Joni Mitchell  For Free 
David Crosby  Tamalpais High 
The Byrds  Everybody's Been Burned 
Graham Nash  Wounded Bird 
Carole King  It's Too Late 
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  Deja Vu 
Spirit  Life Has Just Begun 
Buffalo Springfield  Rock and Roll Woman 
Joni Mitchell  California 
Stephen Stills  Go Back Home 
The Mamas & The Papas  California Dreamin' 
David Crosby  Music Is Love 
Neil Young  Birds 
Joni Mitchell  Both Sides Now 
Graham Nash  Sleep Song 
The Byrds  Have You Seen Her Face 
Spirit  It Shall Be 
D. Crosby & G. Nash  Southbound Train 
Joni Mitchell  Blue 
Graham Nash  I Used To Be A King 
The Beach Boys  This Whole World 



Dedicated to my friends Jane, Dave, and Sam - denizens of the canyons.

This is an ode to my hometown, Los Angeles, a place I have not lived in for over 20 years. I have chosen a particular slant to this mix. You will see that it is most definitely a period piece, made up of songs that most of you might own, or at least have heard a lot. I suppose the Mayall tracks may be an exception to that.
The period is approximately 1966 through 1971, a time of Viet Nam, Woodstock, Nixon, the Chicago Seven, and an awful lot of good music coming out of LA. The particular theme I want to focus on is the music by musicians living or hanging out in the canyons north/northwest of Sunset Blvd. There are many nooks and crannies hidden off the main canyon roads - Laurel, Cold Water, Beverly Glen - that give one a feeling of hillside privacy within a few minutes of the Sunset Strip. It was a discussion of this same late 60's canyon scene that led the director of the Laurel Canyon movie to slide the time frame 30 years forward, and start filming. Maybe she'll want to trade a couple of movie tix for my mix, who knows.

The image of staying in a little wooden bungalow nestled under eucalyptus trees and palm trees, with the scent of lilac wafting through the garden while picking at a guitar or piano, is an appealing one to me.
1) We start off with Arlo Guthrie bringing us in to Los Angeles, from London, with a couple of keys. This naturally leads us to.
2) The Beatles. In 1967 George (and others?) was waiting for friends at a house on Blue Jay Way, a little out-of-the-way street between Laurel and Coldwater Canyons, minutes north of Sunset. He sat at an organ there and started the song. Maybe he was waiting for the same medicine man spoken of by.
3) John Mayall. In 1968 he took a 3-week vacation to Los Angeles, staying at a house in Laurel Canyon. He wrote a bunch of songs about his vacation, and recorded Blues From Laurel Canyon when he returned to London. And when the man showed up he could take you, George, and.
4)The Byrds eight miles high. David Crosby still in the band, living at one point in Laurel Canyon, prior to upgrading west to swanker Beverly Glen Canyon. It is at his pad in Laurel Canyon that Mama Cass Elliott brought Hollie Graham Nash for an introduction in 1967. But further west, in more remote Topanga Canyon, we have.
5) Spirit sharing a house, rehearsing most every day. A wonderful band that captures the LA vibe at least as well as anybody. One day they traipsed up to neighbor Neil Young's hill top 3 story shack to ask if they could get David Briggs to produce their upcoming Sardonicus album
6) The Byrds. Triad is a Crosby song, unused on the original album, but included on the expanded reissue. Maybe better known thanks to the Jefferson Airplane. I suppose Crosby attracted the women, and apparently one wasn't enough. Written before he met Joni Mitchell in Florida, but it seems to aptly represent the G. Nash, Mitchell, Crosby nexus. A nice statement from the free-loving 60's.
7) Back to John Mayall, taking a stroll on Sunset. What would a vacation to LA be without that? But in 1968 it wasn't always a serene street scene, inspiring Stephen Stills of.
8) Buffalo Springfield to pen For What It's Worth. I added a bit from Frank Zappa's Plastic People as an introduction referring to the same street altercation in 1967. It seems that local folks were unhappy at the prospect of hangout Pandora's Box being evicted from its site. Crowds in the street, some breaking of glass, and some overzealous police made for the troubles referred to in their songs. The Springfield shared a house for a time in Laurel Canyon. And Zappa was a Laurel Canyon resident as well.
9) The Byrds reappear, making a statement about war and the draft. Around this time Roger McGuinn and one other B
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The Misfit
Date: 6/27/2003
This looks amazingly good!
Mo Twang!
Date: 6/27/2003
Date: 6/27/2003
Steve... great mix and some wonderful lore.
Date: 6/27/2003
"Late at night I think about..." Excellent mix and wonderful stories to match. A tip o' the helmet Steve.
Date: 6/27/2003
I could really breakdance to this!
Rob Conroy1
Date: 6/27/2003
This looks great, Steve. When I get you the two discs that I owe you, count me in on these.
Joe Gillis1
Date: 6/27/2003
Can't wait to get started listening to this. Thanks, Steve.
Sean Lally
Date: 6/27/2003
Very great homage. Ambitious and nicely executed.
Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 6/27/2003
Great work there, Steve. Put this on my wish list!
Date: 6/27/2003
Super collection! Not that I would be old enough to understand the phrase "let your freak flag fly" or anything...
Date: 6/28/2003
Another outstanding mix! I love the time and effort that seems to have been put into this one.
Franklin Onn
Date: 6/28/2003
This looks great Steve. Wonderful notes too! When the clamor for this one dies down, put me on the trade list.
Date: 6/28/2003
The construction of this mix is superb. Steve Mossholder shows the rest of us AoTMers how to dovetail songs to craft a story. Very well done and I am honored to have received my copy!
Date: 6/30/2003
This is a fine piece of scholarship.
Date: 8/13/2003
Great documentation, superior selections, all in all, artfully done!
Date: 8/22/2003
Damn, Steve! We have to set up a trade again soon. This is another lovely themed mix.
Date: 10/27/2003
This is great, Steve. I apologise for missing this. I must have been sleeping! Lots of my very favourite artists featured here, too many to name
Adam Bristor
Date: 1/24/2004
I wasn't around much this summer, so I missed this. It looks very cool though. I mean, really. Damn.
Date: 9/1/2004
Really, really nice.