Morning: S/T (1970)
Morning were an L.A. band that stuck around for a couple albums, and their 1970 debut is one of my favorites of this whole genre of great lost country-rock acts. You've got the usual touchstones -- hooky, upbeat pop-rockers ("Tell Me A Story"), gorgeous harmonies (opener "Angelena," the gorgeous ballad "Easy Keeper"), straightforward Dead (or Eagles)-friendly country rock ("It'll Take Time"), snatches of lingering 60s psychedelia (the CSN-esque "Sleepy Eyes"), and just a bit of stretched-out jamming (the wonderful "And I'm Gone," which after a brief, folky prelude cuts loose into a rollicking guitar & piano workout).
While clearly of its age, this one is far less deserving of its historical oversight than blander affairs; the production is better than average for an off-label release, and the songs are less derivative than the more slavish American Beauty/Crosby, Stills & Nash imitators out there). That it's not a classic rock mainstay seems like a serious miscalculation. Check it out.
Here's an audio rip of "Tell Me A Story":