The Beau Brummels – Painter of Women

• “Painter Of Women” set to a picture of the housing album cover.

7.7 “Great Folk Rock / Americana from the USA”

From their 4th LP “Triangle” (Warner Bros. Records WS-1692) in 1967.

This is my favourite track on the album, although there were quite a few to choose from; “Magic Hollow” and “The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune” are equally as strong.

The set features high quality song writing, where psychedelia meets folk rock. “Painter of Women” came from the pen of the group’s main writer, Ron Elliott, who also plays sings, plays guitar and arranges the material. It was co-written by a frequent collaborator, Bob Durand.

Speaking of the LP, key group member Sal Valentino said Triangle was partially inspired by several day trips he took to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, a fine art museum in San Francisco. He admired the collection of 17th century Flemish portraits and landscape paintings at the museum, from which dark yet incandescent hues emanated. Ron Elliott described the album as a “mythological cartoon about love written from some weird spaces”, and explained it as “sort of a mood swing into the world that was around us at the time. It was sort of dissolving into this drug culture. So the music became very ethereal, mystic, and mysterious”. In contrast with the band’s generally straightforward recordings previously for the Autumn label, Triangle’s lyrics are more abstract, containing Tolkienesque fantasy elements and dream-like characters, such as the gypsy in “Only Dreaming Now”, the “Painter of Women”, “The Keeper of Time”, and “The Wolf of Velvet Fortune”, as well as the destination of “Magic Hollow”.

This is the first collection of Beau Brummels songs into my collection since “Laugh, Laugh”, their poppy debut single from back in ’64, which was included on the 1998 reissue of “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968”.

I must say, “Triangle” exceeded my expectations; they seem way cooler in ’67.


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