The first time I heard On The Beach, I thought the first half was brilliant. "Walk On" is a great rock song, "For The Turnstiles" is a nice little banjo tune, and "Revolution Blues" is like an even better "Southern Man."
But this album really achieved greatness for me when I heard it while driving down the freeway in Phoenix late one night, while in a mellow state of mind, and "Motion Pictures (For Carrie)" came on. A feeling of peaceful satisfaction came over me that lasted through the end of "Ambulance Blues."
The back side of this album was recorded while the band were consuming a marijuana-laced honey concoction, and the result is three mellow tracks with an abstract and tender quality not achieved anywhere else in his repertoire.
This record is a portrait of a man on his way out of the ditch. This is an album about finding resolution in your toughest battles.
- Revolution Blues
- Ambulance Blues
- Walk On