The Hourglass Nebula and Stars Surrounding

Moving to Los Angeles, they were soon opening for groups like The Doors and Buffalo Springfield and recording their eponymous debut album, full of lighthearted poppy soul that was unlike what the group was performing in clubs and theatres in California such as the Fillmore West and Troubadour. These songs were chosen from a pool of staff writers including Jackson Browne and Jimmy Radcliffe whose song “Nothing But Tears” was the A-side of the Hour Glass’ debut single. The ensuing album flopped, perhaps in part because the material did not really reflect the group’s tastes or strengths. In fact, the Hour Glass generally refused to perform these songs in their live shows, focusing instead on their gritty, blues- and R&B-inflected southern sounds, along with a couple of originals by Gregg Allman.