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22 Nov 2016

Comfortable Chair “Comfortable Chair”1968 US West Coat Psych Sunshine Pop





Comfortable Chair “Comfortable Chair”1968 US West Coat Psych Sunshine Pop
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What little attention 1969's "The Comfortable Chair" has gotten seems to stem from the fact The Doors' Jim Morrison discovered them, while John Densmore and Robbie Kreiger served as producers for their sole 1969 album. That's unfortunate since this set is actually quite impressive in its own right. Featuring all-original songs (virtually every band member contributing to he writing chores), the album bounces all over the musical spectrum. Lead singers Bernie Schwartz and Barbara Wallace are both quite good, navigating through the different genres without any trouble. Highlights include the opening rocker 'Ain't No Good No More', the sweet ballad 'I'll See You' and ''Let Me Through. Exemplified by 'Some Soon, Some Day' and 'Stars In Heaven' much of the set features a lazy, dreamy aura that's quite captivating. Had it been a little more original and the band churned out a couple more rock numbers, and the album could have been a classic. As is, the album makes for a fascinating game of 'spot theinfluence'. My ears hear bits of David LaFlamme and It's a Beautiful Day (luckily without the violins) and even The Jefferson Airplane ('Be Me'). Ode also tapped the album for a pair of instantly obscure singles. 
~ by [SB]. 

A California-based pop-psychedelic sextet, the Comfortable Chair was formed in 1968 by songwriter and singer Bernie Schwartz, vocalist Barbara Wallace, guitarist Gene Earfin, bassist Gary Davis, drummer Greg Leroy, and keyboard player Tad Baczek, and left behind a self-titled album recorded for Lou Adler's Ode Records label -- it fell in the pecking order just ahead of Peggy Lipton's folk-rock album, at a time in the label's fortunes when, if you blinked, you might miss the release altogether. They made a slightly longer-lasting contribution to the 1969 Bob Hope/Jackie Gleason comedy vehicle How to Commit Marriage, with an appearance in the movie. The most notable aspect of the group's history, however, may concern two musicians who were never actually members -- the Doors’ Robbie Kreiger and John Densmore, stepping outside the context of their own band for the first time, produced the Comfortable Chair's Ode album. 
~ by Bruce Eder, All Music Guide.....

Superb psychedelia !Excellent melodies accompanied by great male and female vocals.Discovered By The Doors' Jim Morrison And Produced By Robby Krieger, This Was Their Only Album Which Features All Original Songs.....

“The Comfortable Chair” was a west coast sunshine psychedelic hippie rock band with a heavy Doors connection. Supposedly discovered by Jim Morrison, the band’s self-titled sole 1969 debut album on Ode Records was then produced by Robby Krieger and John Densmore. 

The band was never big outside of the 1960s California circuit. The album features all-original songs (virtually every band member contributing to the writing chores). The lead singers are Bernie Schwartz and Barbara Wallace. Songs include Ain’t No Good No More, Let Me Through, and the ballad I’ll See You. 

The band made its film debut in the Bob Hope – Jackie Gleason comedy vehicle movie How to Commit Marriage (1969) as a psychedelic-hippie rock band associated with the young people in the plot of the story. This group appeared in video-style presentation in the film, performing their hippie anthem, A Child’s Garden. 

Exemplified by Some Soon, Some Day and Stars In Heaven much of the set features a lazy, dreamy aura. They were a band heavily influenced by the likes of It’s a Beautiful Day, Sweetwater and Jefferson Airplane. Their one and only now-highly collectible record album was released on CBS-Ode Records in 1969. 

It’s really too bad this band only released this one LP, as it really stacks up against many of the releases of the day. For many years this rare LP was very hard to find......

Best-known for having been discovered and produced by members of The Doors, this Californian septet made some of the finest psychedelic pop / rock of the late 1960s, and stand up well alongside better-known contemporaries such as Jefferson Airplane, It’s A Beautiful Day, Sweetwater and the Peanut Butter Conspiracy. Their sole album was first issued in late 1968, and though they were acclaimed at the time as ‘an extraordinarily relaxed and relaxing bunch to listen to’, they split when it failed to sell. 

What little attention this West Coast sunshine-rock band's 1969 self-titled album The Comfortable Chair has gotten seems to stem from the fact that it was The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison who discovered them, while his fellow bandmembers John Densmore and Robbie Krieger served as producers for their sole 1969 album on Ode Records 

It seems unfortunate that they were never a big band outside of the 60s California circuit since their set is actually quite impressive in its own right. Featuring all-original songs (virtually every band member contributing to the writing chores), the self-titled album bounces all over the musical spectrum. 

Lead singers Bernie Schwartz and Barbara Wallace are both quite good, navigating through the different genres without any trouble. Highlights include the opening rocker Ain't No Good No More, Let Me Through, and the sweet ballad I'll See You. 

The band made its film debut in the Bob Hope - Jackie Gleason comedy vehicle movie How to Commit Marriage (1969) and really shines in the film as a psychedelic-hippie rock band associated with the young people in the plot of the story. 

This fantastic group did a wonderful music video-style presentation in the film, performing their charming hippie anthem, A Child's Garden. Exemplified by Some Soon, Some Day and Stars In Heaven much of the set features a lazy, dreamy aura that's quite captivating. 

They were a band heavily influenced by the likes of It's a Beautiful Day, Sweetwater and Jefferson Airplane. Their one and only now-highly collectible record album was released on CBS-Ode Records in 1969..............

Members: 
*Tad Baczec (guitar), 
*Greg Leroy (bass, guitar), 
*Gary Davis (keyboards), 
*Warner Davis (drums), 
*Gene Garfin (vocals, percussion), 
*Bernie Schwartz (vocals), 
*Barbara Wallace (vocals). 

Tracks: 
01. Ain't No Good No More 
02. Child's Garden 
03. I'll See You 
04. Princess 
05. Now 
06. Some Soon Some Day 
07. Be Me 
08. Loved It All 
09. Let Me Through 
10. Stars In Heaven 
11. Pale Night Of Quiet 
12. The Beast (Kali Yuza).

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