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Sweetwater

An unusual rock group in both the size of their lineup (which numbered eight), the instrumentation employed, and the eclectic scope of their material, Sweetwater didn't quite get the first-class songs or breaks necessary to make them widely known. Lead singer Nansi Nevins was backed not just by conventional guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, but also flute (Albert Moore), conga (Elpidio Cobian), and cello (August Burns). Their self-titled debut album was the kind of release that could have only been the product of the late '60s, with the music flying off in all directions, and a major label willing to put it out. Sweetwater blended Californian psychedelia with jazzy keyboards and a classical bent, especially in the flute and cello, but did not cohere into a readily identifiable aesthetic, or write exceptional songs, although they were okay. Perhaps Reprise was willing to give such a hard to market and classify band a shot, figuring that in the midst of psychedelic rock scaling the charts that would have seemed unimaginably weird just a couple of years before, who knew what would sell now? Sweetwater was formed from a group of friends that jammed at coffeehouses in Los Angeles in the mid '60s. Harvey Gerst, who had written a Byrds song with Roger McGuinn ("It Won't Be Wrong"), was an unofficial member of sorts, sometimes acting as road manager and playing guitar. For their debut album they were produced by Dave Hassinger, who had worked, as recording engineer and producer, with the Rolling Stones, Electric Prunes, and the Grateful Dead. In the late '60s they opened for a lot of big-time acts, and played a bunch of festivals without breaking into the headliner ranks. In fact, they were the very first band to take the stage at Woodstock.

In December 1969, twenty year old Nansi Nevins was in a serious car accident in which she suffered severe brain trauma and damaged her vocal cords, putting her in a coma for weeks and necessitating physical therapy for years. Although she had recorded a couple of tracks on their second Reprise album, she was unable to rejoin the band, which had to stop touring and lost any career momentum it had developed. Producer Richard Perry tried working with them, but that didn't pan out well, although the second album was completed with other members of the band taking lead vocals. A more folk-oriented production, Melon, was their third and last album in 1971; they broke up in the summer of that year. The surviving trio of Nevins, keyboardist Alex Del Zoppo and bassist Fred Herrera reunited Sweetwater in 1997, and two years later -- to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Woodstock -- cable network VH1 produced and broadcast a film about the group, with Felicity co-star Amy Jo Johnson cast as Nansi Nevins; the picture sparked a considerable resurgence of interest in the group, and that same year Rhino released Cycles, a limited-edition retrospective of their work for Reprise. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Damn I like the more than airplane awesome
Ok so did they influence Jefferson airplane or vice versa or did they come out to close together to have influenced each other? Love this band!
frankmauro21 7 8
We, Frank Mauro and Niles (my business pariner) managed the band during the Richard Perry, (Motown) offer during the 70s. The band didn't want to work with Motown then Bob Gibson and Dave Geffin took the managers position. The band was renamed Shadrack when I was with them and played the Troubador and the Whiskey during that period.
cmyers3402
Not everybody's cup of tea, for sure, but I loved this band from the first time I saw them, circa 1970. I loved that they incorporate so many sounds & instruments & styles into their music. Some of my all-time favorite songs are by Sweetwater.
saw them at s. dade jr. college-miam i , fl. in the late 60's they were really great in person
cmyers3402
Saw them at Newport Pop Festival in 1969. Fell in love with them right away! Their first album is still one of my all time personal favorites. Love I'm in a Rainbow.Moth e r l e s s Child.What's Wrong..alway s wondered where they could have gone if not for her accident. Such a unique and full sound.
I love this band!!! The sounds they play are incredibly awesome. Nansi Nevins was so great before her crash that took her vocals. Anyone know where she is now, how she's doing?
I am still in tocuh with Alex DeZoppa (keyboardist . great band!!!)
Have their first record (still in good condition). My late brother purchased it after attending their concert at the University of Oklahoma in '69. Sounds a lot like Jefferson Starship. There was a movie on VH1 Classic a few years ago about them. Their rendition of Motherless Child (Sometime I Feel Like) and the psychedelic sounds of My Crystal Spider (Have You Seen) are two of my favorites.
agrosso2
Music was unusual for the time. Saw them live at the Arizona State Fair. I was sorry that I lost track of them. The album hardly withstood the number of times I listened to it.
lifechng1946
Love their music! Met the band in '70 at a ZODY'S in Fullerton, CA. Nanci was with them at the time. Had the first album signed by all, unfortunatel y it got ripped off... BUMMER! So glad the music is still available!
i like the water. was this the band in almost famous?
strings611
First band to play at woodstock. I always liked this band, not many people know them that is to bad.
Hi Alex,

I never see you walking your dog anymore. I got a new bass for my birthday. It's relly nice.
This is beautiful. Takes me back to the sixties. Love the music.

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