Beans and Tolerance

The Young Fresh Fellows

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Beans and Tolerance Review

by Bart Bealmear

Issued independently and without a record label, Beans and Tolerance is the first release by the Young Fresh Fellows following guitarist Chuck Carroll's departure, and prior to hooking up with Fastbacks leader, Kurt Bloch. The album is divided into two distinct parts: on the "upson" side they succeed in every style attempted, from '50s rock, to '60s garage soul, downers-induced rockin' blues, and the type of untamed rock & roll they do best. The "downs" side is highlighted by a John Lennon-esque piano ballad, a stab at dissonant baroque pop, and the unbelievable cover of Debbie Gibson's "Shake Your Love," in which the song is transported into a session for Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers." The trio of Fellows, undaunted by the loss of a founding member, produced one of the group's finest efforts to date. Limited to 1500 copies on LP only, Beans and Tolerance is also known as "Wonderfully Simply", "Simply Wonderful," and is referred to by the band as "The Bootleg," due to its lack of packaging other than vinyl etchings and a plain white sleeve.