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Laurel Canyon

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Laurel Canyon wonderfully captures the natural, idyllic vibe of its titular setting, the creative nexus of the late-'60s Los Angeles music scene. Swapping the polished pop approach of Jackie DeShannon's past hits for an appealingly rough-edged country-soul sensibility, the record celebrates a place and time that transcended the physical world to signify a virtual Garden of Eden for the flower-power generation. Featuring extensive contributions from pianist Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack and guitarist Russ Titleman, Laurel Canyon boasts a swampy, lived-in charm that perfectly complements DeShannon's sexily gritty vocals. Her soulful reading of the Band's "The Weight" anticipates Aretha Franklin's like-minded cover, but most impressive are originals like "Holly Would" and the title cut, which eloquently articulate the rustic beauty of their creator's environs. [RPM's superb 2005 reissue features eight bonus cuts, including several sublimely funky collaborations with Bobby Womack as well as the chart smash "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."] ~ Jason Ankeny
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Laurel Canyon [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 4:0
  3. 2 Sunshine Of Your Love [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:30
  4. 3 Crystal Clear [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:21
  5. 4 She's My Best Friend [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:10
  6. 5 I Got My Reason [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:47
  7. 6 Holly Would [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:3
  8. 7 You've Really Got A Hold On Me [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:54
  9. 8 The Weight [2002 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:0
  10. 9 Bitter Honey [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:28
  11. 10 Come And Stay With Me [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:2
  12. 11 L.A. [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:43
  13. 12 Too Close [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 4:16
  14. 13 Trust In Me [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:53
  15. 14 What Is This? [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:22
  16. 15 Happy Go Lucky Girl [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 3:8
  17. 16 Ooh, You Did It Again! [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 1:54
  18. 17 Effervescent Blue [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:37
  19. 18 The Greener Side Jackie DeShannon 2:51
  20. 19 Children and Flowers Jackie DeShannon 2:27
  21. 20 Put A Little Love In Your Heart [2005 Digital Remaster] Jackie DeShannon 2:33

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