It's A Beautiful Day: Patti Santos (vocals); Hal Wagenet (guitar); David LaFlamme (violin); Linda LaFlamme (keyboards); Mitchell Holman (bass); Val Fluentes (drums).
This San Francisco sextet became cult favorites for their self-titled 1969 debut and their semi-hit single "White Bird." This 1970 follow-up wasn't as commercially successful as its predecessor, and after long-simmering intraband tensions, the original lineup of the group split shortly after this album's completion. The result is that MARRYING MAIDEN is unknown to all but the most ardent fans of folk-psychedelia, a true shame since the album is the equal of the band's more celebrated debut.
The band is considerably tighter on these 11 songs, with the sometimes aimless jams of the debut shortened into more concise yet still complex pop song structures. David LaFlamme's violin and Patti Santos' soaring voice--vocally, she is was Grace Slick tried to be--are an unbeatable combination.