The long lost acid folk classic has finally resurfaced after thirty years. Recorded but never officially released, bootleggers have been selling their young to get a hold of this little nugget ever since. And I hate to break it to them, but I?m not sure what all the fuss is about.
Now I don?t know if you?ve ever seen National Lampoon?s Animal House, but in it there?s a scene where John Belushi is walking up the stairs of his frat house in the middle of a toga party where he happens across a young folkie plucking away on his guitar and serenading a few young ladies who dreamily stare into his eyes. ?I gave my love a chicken, which had no bone?? and so on. Belushi stops, raises his eyebrow, and suddenly grabs the guitar, smashing it into bits against the wall much to the terror of the folkie and his menagerie. After this, Belushi hands the guitar neck back to the folkie and says gently, ?sorry.? That, my friends, is the sound of Dawnwind.
Sorry guys. I know this baby has been stewing like a pot roast in the crock-pot for decades, but it really isn?t that good. In fact, it?s rather boring. Maybe you just had to be there. Maybe the acid part of the picture was the key. I?ll stick with the Incredible String Band thank you very much. There?s a reason why some things are obscure, and it isn?t always because they are so amazing that no one could handle their brilliance the first time around. Some things deserve to be a footnote in history. 5/10 -- John Cramer (9 January, 2007)