Psych-folk rarity from Quicksilver Messenger Service man
Valente’s much-delayed debut album appeared after a Greenwich Village teenage apprenticeship, a stint (unrecorded) in Quicksilver and a drugs bust jail term. It appeared, oddly, as part of a parole deal?not sure what the beaks would have made of the one-time Chester Powers Jr’s hazy songs, splattered with liquid, overlapping guitar parts. Barefoot girls and purple dawns abound. The overall feel is like a San Fran take on Tim Buckley’s feel-flow Blue Afternoon: deeply atmospheric if low on hummability. His best-known composition, “Get Together” (Youngbloods, Jefferson Airplane), is absent, but any tacked-on bonus tracks would have been a turn-off.