Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the only album by The Forum, titled The River is Wide.
The River is Wide is best remembered as the title of a hit song by the Grass Roots in 1969, but it had previously reached #45 on the charts in 1967 when recorded by The Forum, who recorded the song no fewer than five times.
The Forum consisted of Phil Campos, who had previously recorded with The Balladeers folk group, and singers Rene Nole and Riselle Bain. The single was released multiple times on multiple labels in multiple versions, but it did eventually reach the charts. The follow-up album featured LA’s famed Wrecking Crew providing the instrumental backing, under the direction of bandleader Les Baxter.
The resulting album is an interesting mishmash of sunshine pop, mild psych, and all with some jazz undertones. The album has developed a bit of a cult following, and is quite hard to find today, as it’s one of only a couple of albums on the Mira label that ever drew any attention at all.
Here’s a clip of a track from the album:
The copy offered for sale is a stereo pressing and is still sealed. The record is presumably new and unplayed. The wrap is tight and has no cutout holes or marks, though there are a couple of small breaks in both left hand corners.
An odd piece of 1960s pop.