Never too widely exposed during its initial press run on Mercury, it was then quickly overshadowed by the Youngbloods' far more popular records on RCA in the late 1960s.
It was also hacked apart and reassembled for a confusing 1970 Mercury reissue, Richard Fariña died young (on April 30, 1966) and dramatically (in a motorcycle accident, on his wife's twenty-first birthday), right after publishing a well-regarded novel linking the beat and hippie eras ().
Indeed, in many cases they were never even heard by folk-rock fans who came of age in the era, though fortunately many of the records have gained a widening cult audience as their creators have been rediscovered in the last decade or so.
Tambourine Man," however, there was no stopping the folk-rock explosion.
We all know about the brilliantly innovative -- and, often, massively popular -- work that American folk-rockers like the Byrds, Bob Dylan, the Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young would generate over the last half of the 1960s.
They do, however, constitute much of the most overlooked and underrated US '60s folk-rock, and in their own way testify to the remarkably eclectic mosaic of music spawned by that hybrid.
Note that we've fudged a bit to make room for a few items that, if stricter boundaries were enforced, might not make the cut for this list.
But the Young originals "Summer Rain," ""Green Hill Mountain Home," and "Lullabye" unveiled a distinctively winsome, bittersweet compositional voice that owed as much to pop as folk -- and, as the soon-to-come work with the Youngbloods later proved, only needed more oomph in the arrangements to make for first-rate gentle folk-rock.