Running the Drunkard has put me in touch, both through email and in person, with some great folks, many of whom have been eager to share their musical best-kept-secrets, and in the case of this post, their excellent themed compilations. The L.A. Burnout comp was mailed to me in November from a longtime reader based in NYC, which coincidental arrived at the same time I was reading two books chronicling the late sixties-early seventies Laurel Canyon incestuous music scene. The L.A. Burnout mix has since proved to have been the perfect companion piece.

I am now sharing it here, in three parts, with ye Drunkard faithfuls. If you too live in Los Angeles, play this mix around dusk while driving through the hills or Topanga with the windows down — it’s the next best thing to time travel.

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III :: Hollywood Hopeful
MP3: Johnny Darrell :: Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood
MP3: The Mamas & The Papas :: Safe In My Garden
MP3: Standells :: Riot On Sunset Strip
MP3: Jackie DeShannon :: Lurel Canyon
MP3: The Fun & Games :: Topanga Canyon Road
MP3: John Mayall :: Laurel Canyon Home
MP3: Spirit :: Topanga Windows
MP3: Mama Cass Eliott :: California Earthquake
MP3: The Birds :: Precious Kate
MP3: Albert Hammond :: It Never Rains In California
MP3: Jack Nitzsche :: Lower California
MP3: Guy Clark :: L.A. Freeway

Amazon: Laurel Canyon: Inside Story of Rock & Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood
Amazon: Hotel California: The True-life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young

+ Many of the above artists available via eMusic’s 25 Free MP3 offer.
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional artists MP3s.

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