QUILT – ” Spirit of the Golden Juice “

Posted: August 24, 2017 in MUSIC
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We’re excited to announce that our friends in psych-folk outfit Quilt are the next artist featured in Sounds Delicious series. They’ve reimagined the lost folk masterpiece Spirit of the Golden Juice in its entirety.

Spirit of the Golden Juice was written in 1969 by F.J. McMahon after returning from service in the U.S. Air Force and serves, in part, as a chronicle and commentary of his time serving in Vietnam, Thailand and the Pacific Islands. The “golden juice” in the title was a reference to I.W. Harper bourbon which McMahon described as “the fuel of the times.”

It wasn’t widely released at the time with most copies being handed out by McMahon as he hitchhiked from California to Texas. Indeed, it would be decades before it was rediscovered and hailed by critics as a masterpiece filled with timeless protest songs balanced against freewheeling melodies. The themes and ideas McMahon shared prove as powerful and relevant today as they were when the album was originally written nearly 50 years ago.

Quilt says of the album, “Once in a while you find an album that you can listen to anytime, anywhere and get swept away in the current regardless of your surroundings. Spirit of the Golden Juice is one of those albums, and one that we have all enjoyed together as a band in the van on tour.

Through pure chance, we became friends with FJ McMahon after he contacted us online three years ago, and we have mutual admiration for each other’s music. We decided last year to cover Spirit of the Golden Juice. Our own Keven Lareau engineered and produced it, and it was recorded over the course of several months between New Hampshire and New York.

Earlier this summer we were lucky enough to accompany FJ in Los Angeles as his backing band, playing the entirety of Spirit of the Golden Juice  live for the first time ever! If you like our versions of his songs please be sure to check out the reissue of the original, available now on Anthology Records.

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