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Banhart, Devendra - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

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Recorded in Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica mountains. Neil Young lived there while recording "After The Gold Rush" and the area has also been home to Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Mick Fleetwood, and members of The Doors. Those ghosts inhabit the sound and vibe of these recording sessions. Banhart's whole "freak folk" tag is gone, replaced with this classic, gorgeous rock album. Some songs are fragile and solipsistic, others have a pronounced tropicalia influence, and still others are wildly electric and epic. The CD has scanned over 30K to date. "Cripple Crow" has scanned over 52K. "A delectable psychedelic marker of time and tide - direct and languid, baleful and innocent" - Harp.