The Collage: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 15, 2022

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415) The Collage — “My Mind’s at Ease”

Super-cool and soothing “electric-piano driven gem” from the Collage’s sole album (‘68) (liner notes to the Soft Sounds for Gentle People 2 comp (“far-out and beautiful tracks from California and beyond”).

Per Richie Unterberger:

Part of the idea behind the formation of the Collage was to emulate the Mamas and the Papas’ lineup with a two-man, two-woman quartet of harmonizing singers. The group’s sole . . . album . . . has a yet more pronounced sunshine pop feel, as well as yet lusher production . . . . The songs have a sweeter tone, almost as if elements of the Mamas and the Papas and the 5th Dimension have been layered with production and songwriting a little more oriented toward an adult pop/variety entertainment audience. . . . There are some mild psychedelic touches, but also some hammy vaudevillian ones, and . . . the original songs had showtune-style melodies.

https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-collage-mw0002103702

When Ron met Jerry, according to Jerry Careaga:

[Ron Joelson] was a hippie poet, smoked grass, and, as a teenager, was friends with Bob Dylan. I was his polar opposite — with a short-haired, clean-shaven look courtesy of the Air Force — and was fascinated with his lifestyle and what he wrote. Ron’s poems were unstructured and freeform, with unusual metaphors. My songs were structured and commercial-sounding. I had begun writing in the mid-’50s as a teenager, but as a result of my military upbringing, I never ventured into the subversive culture of the beat generation. I didn’t smoke dope either. Ron’s lifestyle was all new to me, and it was fun.

liner notes to the CD reissue of The Collage

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