A minor, if reasonably interesting, late-'60s psychedelic group, Houston's Fever Tree is most famous for their single "San Francisco Girls," with its dramatic melody, utopian lyrics, and searing fuzz guitar. Most of their best material, ironically, was written by their over-30 husband-wife production team, Scott and Vivian Holtzman, who had previously written material for Tex Ritter and the Mary Poppins soundtrack. These odd bedfellows produced some fairly distinctive material with more classical/Baroque influences and orchestral string arrangements than were usually found in psychedelic groups. Their pretty, wistful ballads (enhanced on their first album by arranger David Angel, who had also worked on Love's classic Forever Changes) endure better than their dirge-like fuzz grinders, which epitomize some of the more generic aspects of heavy psychedelia. Releasing four albums (the third of which, Creation, included guest guitar by future ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons), their records grew weaker and more meandering with time, and the group disbanded in 1970.
"Fever Tree \ Another Time Another Place"
See for Miles' Fever Tree/Another Time, Another Place combines Fever Tree's first two (and best) albums on one compact disc. While this is certainly of interest to collectors of '60s psychedelia, most listeners will be satisfied with one of the group's hits collections. (allmusic.com)
1. Imitation Situation 1 (Toccata And Fugue) 2. Where Do You Go? 3. San Franciscan Girls (Return Of The Native) 4. Ninety-Nine And One-Half 5. Man Who Paints The Pictures 6. Filligree And Shadow 7. The Sun Also Rises 8. Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out 9. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing 10. Unlock My Door 11. Come With Me (Rainsong) 12. Man Who Paints The Pictures - Part 2 13. What Time Did You Say It Is In Salt Lake City? 14. Don't Come Crying To Me Girl 15. Fever 16. Grand Candy Young Sweet 17. Jokes Are For Sad People 18. I've Never Seen Evergreen 19. Peace Of Mind 20. Death Is The Dancer