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Brandywine - 1969 Aged

ARTIST: Brandywine
LABEL: Brunswick
SERIAL: BL 754171
YEAR: 1969


LINEUP: Albert Miller - keyboards, vocals * Edward Stasium - guitar, vocals * Chip Miles - drums * Mike Caruso - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stay Here * 02 Ridin' Through The Rain * 03 Somebody * 04 Happiness Won't Buy A Bed * 05 Look Around * 06 Searchin' * 07 Mr Johnson * 08 Humble John * 09 True To Me

'Aged' is another one of those terrific late 60's albums that seemed to fall from the sky like coloured rain back in the day and yet so few heard. The critics loved Brandywine - still do and these days their only album is rightly considered a cult classic. Formed by Albert Miller, a onetime member of The Critters; a smart New Jersey pop combo who scored two hits with 'Younger Girl' which was an even bigger single for The Lovin' Spoonful and The Beach Boys influenced 'Mr. Dieingly Sad'. With the end of The Critters, Miller moved on to form a band and secure a development deal with an MGM subsidiary as Men Working. At least one single followed as well as concert dates with The Cowsills, The Lemon Pipers and The Rascals but the relationship didn't last. With a name change to Brandywine, the group signed to Brunswick Records releasing just one album before breaking up in 1972.

The Songs
I don't want to say something cringe worthy to the effect 'like a fine wine this album has 'aged' well' but hey, it really has. From the acoustic opener 'Stay Here' to the rocking 'Ridin' Through The Rain' which reminds me a lot of The Who by the way, this is one cool piece of plastic. I like the spacey flute on The Band styled 'Somebody', but it's the kick ass guitar work from Edward Stasium that separates Brandywine from the usual fuzzy, blues based guitar bands of the day. Yes, there is some of that Woodstock folksy hippie vibe that crept into so much music back then but these guys were no Creedence Clearwater Revival, owing much to the British which can be heard on The Kinks influenced 'Mr. Johnson' and again picking up on The Who sound with album closer 'True To You'. I've no doubt that if 'Aged' was released a couple years later, Brandywine would have shown the slew of Beatles and Badfinger copyists the door in no time.

In Summary
Following the dissolution of Brandywine Albert Miller would go in to commercial and film work while Edward Stasium would become an in demand engineer/producer with his name appearing on several melodic rock albums from Ratt and Burning Rome to Morse Code, Sharp Edges and Face To Face as well as more popular titles from Mick Jagger and The Ramones. In case you were wondering there was a Spanish bootleg on CD released a few years back but nothing official. Be patient - something this good can't remain hidden for long!

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#1 | gdazegod on March 29 2010 16:44:00
You're right about Ed Stasium Eric. That guy has appeared on heaps of records!
#2 | jefflynnefan on March 30 2010 02:58:14
I haven't heard this one. This is the sorta of stuff I love finding at garage sales and such.
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