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Performer: Relatively Clean Rivers
Genre: Rock
Title: Relatively Clean Rivers
Country: US
Released: 1976
Style: Psychedelic Rock
FLAC version ZIP size: 1967 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1667 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1532 mb
Rating: 4.1
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Relatively Clean Rivers' self-titled album is one such rarity, with an easygoing California c feel in which light-to-strong traces of Neil Young, the countrified Grateful Dead, and Quicksilver Messenger Service can be heard. It's different than the vast majority of such LPs, however, in that it's actually a fairly good collection of tunes with some decent songwriting and strong, professional playing and harmonizing. There's some variety to the proceedings (and from the general c prototype) too, with some extended instrumental acoustic passages and a Middle Eastern influenced number, "The Persian Caravan," that recalls exotic early Country Joe & the Fish psychedelic excursions like "Section 4.

The Relatively Clean Rivers album stands with the very best albums of the era, possessing a purely American sound and walking confidently past the shadow of its previous incarnation. Amazingly well produced for a private pressing, it is the very antithesis of his earlier releases that could be classified as garage (at a stretch. Relatively Clean Rivers. 80 BPM. Journey Through the Valley of O. 155 BPM. Last Flight to Eden. Relatively Clean Rivers

Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, 180). Phoenix Records (2). ASHLP3007. A tremendous mid-1970's rural psych album that sounds like it was recorded in late 1968, Relatively Clean Rivers has that hippie commune Springfield/Manson Family/Dead vibe down pat. Although most often compared to The Dead, only the record's first cut, "Easy Ride" really sounds much like them, with it's acoustic/electric guitar mix and American Beauty era vocal styles. It's a great song, but the rest of the album is much different and a little bit better, spewing out wasted Topanga Canyon folkpsych with wacked out commune lyrics.

If anything, four decades of sleuthing has only contributed to the legend. As it turns out, Relatively Clean Rivers is the pet sound of Phil Pearlman, an Orange County native who grew to prominence jamming psychedelic improvisations with both The Beat of the Earth (1967) and Electronic Hole (1970).

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Relatively Clean Rivers. A Thousand Years (1975).

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Tracklist

Easy Ride 3:50
Journey Through The Valley Of O 4:13
Babylon 5:51
Last Flight To Eden 2:43
Prelude 0:30
Hello Sunshine 3:33
They Knew What To Say 3:25
The Persian Caravan 3:51
A Thousand Years 5:23

Versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
PC 17601 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(LP, Album) Pacific Is PC 17601 US 1976
RRCD020 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Radioactive RRCD020 UK 2004
RRLP020 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Unofficial, Gat) Radioactive RRLP020 UK 2004
RRLP020 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(LP, Album, RE, TP, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Radioactive RRLP020 UK 2004
ASHLP3007 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, 180) Phoenix Records ASHLP3007 UK 2013
ASHCD3007 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Unofficial) Phoenix Records ASHCD3007 UK Unknown
ASHCD3007 Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers ‎(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Phoenix Records ASHCD3007 UK Unknown

Maveri
what's the true likelihood of this LP ever getting a proper reissue? I'm sure Phil Pearlman is tacitly aware that there's been a growing, renewed interest in his work over the years...

Acebiolane
2016 re-issue still available for $22 bones on 180 gram vinyl and comprehensively remastered using the latest 48-bit technology on Phoenix Records!

Anen
Bootlegged from an original LP which was pressed off-center, ripped with bad equipment, and compressed/limited. No amount of bits will save you from bad mastering.

Mohn
Mystery and rumors have swirled like hazy blue smoke around this very enchanting privately released limited edition bit of folk rock psychedelia since it first slid onto the scene back in 1976 … being the brainchild of Phil Pearlman.On first listen you won’t miss the hippie Marin County - Topanga Canyon markers, laced with heavy weed use, yet with a deeper emersion, the California desert comes into full focus, laced not so much with splendid marijuana, but with a resurgence of the harmonious lysergic that’s both nostalgic for the 60’s, in and of the moment for the album’s release, and spellbindingly timelessly centered in the here and now. Though it may sound as if I’m contradicting myself, the album really isn’t nostalgic in the sense that it’s looking back and trying to be some sort of vision of the past, more that the core of this psychedelic nature, and the folks who keep it alive, are still in place with the rest of the world having passed them by.While many considered Relatively Clean Rivers to be some sort of acid vision returned to life, others see the album as a rural manifestation of countryfied musicianship traveling the same course as early Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Neil Young … flowering and flowing effortlessly, unforced, and totally honest. With much of the music being acoustic, there are elements of morphing electric guitars, smattered with strange spacey moments belaying a stoned underground atmosphere. Certainly the record is not as good as the aforementioned artists, though it is imaginative, melancholy, mellow, and exotically webbed. All and all, nearly each song would benefit from more structured compositions, arrangements, and perhaps a greater fleshing out of the tracks, making them a bit longer and more complete; yet that being said, there’s something elemental and satisfying with the imperfections. And then there's the band Wilco, who cite Relatively Clean Rivers as being inspirational.Review by Jenell Kesler

Vit
My gatefold is right side up. Great sounding reissue (not to mention a lot cheaper than an original press)!

Vetitc
Realise this is an 'unofficial' release but it sounds pretty good to me! Just recently bought this and the gatefold was the right way up so possibly a more recent pressing?

FEISKO
Mine, too. Gatefold inner is upside down.

AGAD
inner gatefold is printed upside-down, at least on my copy

Beazezius
This has recently been "repressed" by Phoenix Records (aka Radioactive Records Mk. II) so there is really no reason to overpay for a previous generic "reissue" LP. great rural psych album though