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12 June 2012
Bill Rinehart (Leaves) Tiger Lily LP
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And here's one of the top scoops of the year...

Dynamite 1976 (Tiger Lily 14020)
In what must rank as one of the most remarkable discoveries so far on the notorious tax-scam Tiger Lily label, there surfaced a previously unknown solo LP from Bill Rinehart, in all likelihood the ex-Leaves guitarist. Sound clips from the album give evidence of a very good album indeed, seemingly from the inflection point where late '60s folkrock turned into '70s singer-songwriter. Comparisons to Steven Stills' early solo LPs (with the typical female backing vocals) or Ron Elliott's Candlestickmaker could be made, and Rinehart seems to have his shit completely together, with rich guitar-keyboard arrangements, rock steady (wrecking crew?) playing, melodic, slightly dreamy lead vocals, and soaring fuzz leads. Presumably recorded in 1972-73, Rinehart's mix of nicely finalized talent and laidback approach would have fit well on the Tumbleweed label. There is a drastically rearranged cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway" which was released on 45 in '73 (on the Mums label, with CBS distribution) coupled with the last track "Cut My Line", while the rest of Rinehart's album lingered in the vaults until the Tiger Lily mafiosos 'released' it in 50 copies or so. [PL]

PS the complete tracklist: Cherokee / Circle Circle / Dragon Fly / Dynamite / Loving Words / Revenge / Tender Loving Care / Runaway / Cut My Love  [should probably be Cut My Line]

PPS astute reader Griff points out that Bill Rinehart was also lead guitarist for the Gene Clark Group and Merry-Go-Round, and produced the Fields LP with a proto-Yahowan Sunflower Aquarian on bass. Someone should perhaps contact Rinehart for a pow-wow and a peace pipe, as there are likely stories to be told. 

Posted by Patrick at Lysergia at 23:36 MEST
Updated: 4 July 2012 00:03 MEST
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2 July 2012 - 22:54 MEST

Name: "Griff"

Rinehart was also lg for Gene Clark Group and Merry-Go-Round and produced the Fields LP (Sunflower Aquarian on bass!). I'm sure his ouevre is wider and deeper than that, but this'll have to do for now.

3 July 2012 - 23:56 MEST

Name: "Patrick"

Thanks... the reason the Leaves connection is highlighted above is because the Leaves are in the AA book while the other groups are not... but I agree that it's worthwhile data and will add it.

2 December 2018 - 18:28 CET

Name: "Tom"
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Hi there,

I'm writing a story about Bill (who sadly passed away last year) and his lost solo album. I'm trying to track down anyone with information about, or access to, this album.  His family would like to see this album get a proper release. Please feel free to contact me at the email address I've provided.  Thank you.

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