Ladies and gentlemen, one of the the most underrated bands in rock history.
For a bunch of reasons I'd rather not get into they're usually dismissed as a tiresome bunch of Woodstock hippies.
Uh-uh. As demonstrated on their first three albums, these guys had the same Brill Building pop smarts as their contemporaries the Lovin Spoonful. And they were snazzier dressers.
Here's a song that makes the point. From 1966, the Youngbloods and the ineffingly poignant Tears Are Falling.
Update: I'm delighted to learn that those above mentioned three albums have just been remastered and reissued as a two-disc set.
BTW -- the first two were produced by Mountain bassist Felix Pappalardi, a guy you may recall was killed (gunshot) by his jealous wife in the early 80s.
Guess who the Other Woman was.
A very young Courtney Love.
For some reason, that's not on her resume.
Update part deux: Alert reader Lee Shafer (who quoted stuff to me from a review of something I wrote in the 70s, and thus deserves respect from all who walk upright) says I may be wrong about Love and Pappalardi.. I knew people who worked with both of them back then, and that's what they've always told me. But I'll look into it.