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Its A Beautiful Day

Its a Beautiful Day onstage at Bath 1970 © Derek Halsall

Its a Beautiful Day onstage Bath 1970 © Thomas Henry

     Its A Beautiful Day was the showcase for David and Linda Laflamme.They enjoyed a brief vogue in the early 70's ,their reputation built largely on the strengths of their 1969 LP entitled imaginatively- 'Its A Beautiful Day." 

   This featured some of the songs they played during their set at Bath, but by this date they had also released their second album, Marrying Maiden, and the bulk of the set features songs from this waxing , which I.M.H.O is less strong overall than their debut album .

© Mark Harrison

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© Jake Matchett.

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© Jake Matchett.

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© Jake Matchett.


© Jake Matchett.

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© Jake Matchett.


  The band disappeared from the music scene in the mid 70s due to some major contractual hassles with their manager , which prevented them from releasing any new music,.To read this sorry saga and find out how the Laflammes are doing nowadays, go here to  Jeff Webb's IABD site 

  An exciting band live, I.A.B.D's performance stocks were boosted by the fact that the lead singer , Patti Santos,  was what could be described as 'winsome ' and David's violin playing was pretty fearsome too. The group got into some long instrumental numbers  such as "Bulgaria" and "Time Is " , which built into huge jams featuring  frenzied violin pyrotechnics from David.

We have a complete tape of this show, which is regretably marred throughout by major distortions.

    set list 

    • Don & Dewey
    • White Bird
    • Hoedown
    • It Comes Right Down To You
    • Soapstone Mountain
    • Essence Of Now
    • Time Is
    • Bulgaria


    David LaFlamme-violin /vocals.
    Fred Webb. -keys . 
    Hal Wagenet-Guitar. 
    Mitchell Holman - Bass
    Val Fuentes-Drums 
    Pattie Santos- Vocals.


    Highlights of this set are Time Is -which develops into a lengthy jam - as well as Soapstone Mountain , Hoedown and Bulgaria. This last number builds into a goodly jam which goes into some frantic spaces and is much longer than the album version.The sun actually shone during this set , which probably helped the band get the crowd going, its harder to boogie when you are wrapped up in a plastic sheet. 

       In general , the faster songs seem to be appreciated more by the audience, one goon in particular keeps on shouting RUBBISH during the quiet bits. However, the set ends to a healthy round of applause, so the band seem to have won most people over in the long run, and Patti can be heard to say, "Thanks people ,we love you " , so the band seemed happy about their reception as well.



© Ian Morrison .

Its A Beautiful Day on-stage at Bath . photo courtesy of Ian Morrison . Note presence of sound and video operators.This could mean the footage still exists and might be included on any possible release of film footage from the festival.

More Its a Beautiful Day pix here taken from the Kralingen festival the day after Bath
Toby Grey , currently playing with the LaFlammes, has a web page on the band here

Saturday afternoon crowd watch Its a Beautiful Day onstage Bath 1970 © Thomas Henry



© Mark Harrison

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