Weeds & Tarkio Reissue Reviews


Weeds/Tarkio Extras


Collectors Choice
You could hardly go anywhere in early 1971 without hearing that great Brewer & Shipley folk-rock classic “One Toke Over The Line” on FM radio.  What the folk-rock duo couldn’t do on a late ‘60s A&M release, they straightened out and flew right by on a pair of albums they made for Kama Sutra Records in the early ‘70s.  Played extensively on FM radio, the second Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley album on Kama Sutra, Tarkio spawned the radical “One Toke” and a classic title track, “Tarkio

Road”, while their very first Kama Sutra album, Weeds boasted memorable covers of “Witchi-Tai-To” and “All Along The Watchtower”. Released as a 20 track two-on-one CD on Collector’s Choice, Weeds and Tarkio featured a number of ace backing musicians including Nick Gravenites, Mike Bloomfield, Nicky Hopkins and Jerry Garcia to name a few. That said, it’s really Brewer & Shipley’s great folk-rock anthems and harmonies that make them so special. Find out how great they were on the essential CD reissue of Weeds & Tarkio.

  Fan Reviews  
  "Thank you !!!!"
Alice - Wisconsin

"Weeds" is such a great album - easily one of the top ten greatest albums of the '60s - maybe even one of the top five. I was born in 1977 but happened to find this old record in my parents' collection as a teenager...I played it out of curiosity one night and was absolutely blown away. Every song is a rich, beautiful folk-rock blend unlike anyone else I've ever heard. The harmonies are to-die-for on "Indian Summer," "Boomerang," and "Too Soon Tomorrow." But until now...this album hasn't been available on CD! I'm so thrilled Collectors' Choice is offering this reissue. If the songs could sound THAT good on old scratchy LPs... well, I can't wait to hear it on CD! I'm definitely buying.
  "It's About Time!!"
Len Jaffe - Springfield, VA

"Weeds" and "Tarkio" represent the high water mark in the popularity curve of Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley's career. As a touring acoustic duo throughout the country between 1968 and 1979, no one song of theirs became more recognized than "One Toke Over The Line," a ditty literally written backstage before a concert they did with Melanie at Carnegie Hall for a concert closer. Still, their career was much more than the "one hit wonder" status they've been saddled with over the years. Political themes like "Rise Up Easy Rider" and "Don't Want To Die In Georgia," intertwined with romantic ballads along the lines of "Ruby On The Morning" and "Oh, Sweet Lady" defined them more typically than "Toke" ever did. They made Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" and the late Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To" their own as far as their fans were concerned. They continue to perform, albeit on a very part-time basis since reuniting in 1986, but to have icons around today who made us consider the ramifications of the '60s and '70s political and social upheaval at the time, are to be reckoned with. This is not dated music, save for "Oh, Mommy," a paean to the late Richard Nixon; there's still a lot of relevance here. All we have to do is listen.
  Dave Schwerdtfeger - Crofton, MD
I bought 10, all the B&S albums are great but these are two of their best.