Although it was beat out by the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo by a couple of months in being the first true country rock LP, Bradley's Barn is arguably the superior album in the breadth and depth of the original songs hidden inside its pastoral sleeve. Relatively unknown beyond their association with the mid 60s San Francisco psychedelic folk scene, the Beau Brummels’ first hit "Laugh, laugh" was recorded by Sly Stone (then Sly Stewart) in 1964, but thanks to poor marketing, promotion, and the fact that the Byrds basically did the same thing they were doing, only slightly better, the band toiled in relative obscurity until the release of their phenomenal Triangle LP in 67. It's follow up, Bradley's Barn, paired the band (now down to two original members, Sal Valentino and Ron Elliott) with a slew of Nashville hired guns to create a loose, richly layered collection of mostly original material that leads the way more towards the backwoods stuff The Band were laying down with Dylan around the very same time rather than the Bakersfield country rock mashup the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers were dishing out. Criminally overlooked since it was released, the LP is a testament to the astonishing writing and vocal prowess of Elliott and Velentino respectively, and the soaring heights they could reach when everything fell into place. It certainly did here.