- White Bird. This is their most famous track, one of the most beautiful melodies in rock, but with a strange sadness to it. Its beginning -- a pizzicato passage on the violin -- introduced a song that became an FM radio staple.
- Hot Summer Day. A bit of an edge to it, in a minor key.
- Wasted Union Blues. Starts with a nasty little guitar in a blues number about being strung out.
- Girl with No Eyes. A tune even more beautiful than "White Bird," about a paradoxical poster on the wall.
- Bombay Calling. An instrumental with an Indian feel, building from a short catchy riff to a rock tune.
- Bulgaria. Mysterious dark song that's something like a religious rite.
- Time Is. Fast paced song about the relativeness of time.
It's a fine album from start to finish and should have been the start of a great career.
Alas, the group ran into troubles. Linda left the group, probably due to a split up with David. She cowrote three of the songs with him, and was instrumental in her sound. As for why, well, when you're touring with a beautiful female singer (Pattie Santos) in a time when free love was in the air, it's possible that the reason was right there.
The group got a new keyboard player, but it wasn't the same. They released an album, Marrying Maiden. It was more country oriented, which is OK, but stopped focusing on David's violin (except for the best track on the album, the excellent "Don and Dewey"). Jerry Garcia sat in, but the result was exceedingly bland. The album did better than the debut, but probably because of people who were now hearing "White Bird" and being disappointed.
Disintegration followed. It got so bad that LaFlamme was kicked out of the group, which made no sense. After a couple of more so-so albums with a revolving door of musicians, It's a Beautiful Day was no more.
But they left one delightful album. And how many groups out there have names that are complete sentences?