‘SUMMER OF LOVE' IS THE NEW EP FROM DIESEL PARK WEST
The Summer of Love was an extraordinary moment in history - a hedonistic blast of glamour, ecstasy, and Utopianism that drew 75,000 people to the streets of San Francisco in 1967. The Vietnam War was raging, anti-war protests were surging, civil rights had morphed into Black Power, and the Beatles & Bob Dylan were voicing a cultural revolution on the airwaves. Psychedelic drugs were a sacrament, and everything was spiritual. The youth led the way. They opened the door, and everybody went through it. Everything changed after that.
“The songs! Wow! Will these pearls of hippie pop ever date? We don’t think so! Their original inbuilt dynamics fall and rise with such a truly instinctive yet musical confidence they’ll always arouse two things in a listener: an intellectual curiosity and a musical connection that locks indelibly into their groove.”
— Jon C Butler
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer Of Love, Diesel Park West have recorded four of their favourite songs from 1967. Played live in the studio, this is their collective touchstone of songs – those played in rehearsal or jams right from the beginning.
Lead track ‘For What It’s Worth’ (Revisited) is surely as prescient today as it was 50 years ago in the hands of Buffalo Springfield. We’re still sitting here wondering how it's going to pan out or if it ever can. Next up is the Youngbloods classic ‘Let's Get Together’ followed by Jefferson Airplane's ‘Somebody To Love’ - one of the first big hits to come out of the US West Coast counterculture scene. The EP closes in style with ‘Alone Again Or’ from Love album Forever Changes.
Released on Strataville, the Summer of Love EP is available digitally to stream/buy from 14 July 2017.