A highly sought after record among collectors, Yesterday’s Folks
was US 69’s only album, and is considered by some critics as
probably the very best ever released by the Buddah Records label.
This Connecticut-based band was made up of Bill Cartier (drums),
Bill Durso (vocals, guitar), Bob DePalma (saxophone), Don DePalma
(piano, trumpet), and Gil Nelson (bass, flute). Previously called
The Mustard Family, they changed their name to US ’69 before
they released any of their recordings. The band combines a great
mix of eastern-influence music with sitar along with psychedelic,
jazz, rock, soul, and funk. The album is strong from start to finish,
opening with the excellent “I’m on My Way (A Patch of Blue)”, and
closing with the stellar ten-minute epic trippy, colorful psychedelia
of “2069: a Spaced Oddity”.
01. I’M ON MY WAY (A PATCH OF BLUE) (6:14)
02. YESTERDAY’S FOLKS (3:18)
03. I’M A NOBODY (2:31)
04. AFRICAN SUNSHINE (7:28)
05. I HEAR YOU TALKIN’ (2:57)
06. MISS GOODBODY (3:25)
07. NEVER A DAY GOES BY (4:54)
08. 2069: A SPACED ODDITY (10:22)
US 69 are:
Bill Durso—leader, vocalist, guitarist, arranger
Bob DePalma—alto & tenor saxophone, flute
Don DePalma—piano, trumpet
Gil Nelson—bass guitar, alto saxophone, flute
Technical Commentary: Jeffrey Newton Potter
All compositions written by Bill Durso, except “I’m On My Way (A Patch of Blue)”,
written by Bill Durso & Alan Bushman.
Produced by: Thomas “Doc” Cavalier & Ed Read.
A Trod Nossel Productions, Inc.
Arrangements: Bill Durso
Horn arrangements: Bob DePalma & Bill Durso
Executive Engineer: Bill Lobb
Associate Engineers: Jack Soos & Dan Zellman
Recorded at Syncron Sound Studios, Inc. Wallingford, Connecticut and East Coast Sound