29 May, 2009


 CREATION OF SUNLIGHT - 'David' / 'The Fun Machine' (Windi 1005) 1969

Until recently very little was known about Creation Of Sunlight. Their album on Windi Records was virtually unseen let alone heard. Fortunately a bootleg CD appeared sometime in the 90s and it was from this bootleg that they became known to me. The album has since been re-issued legally and several band members have been located.

It is now known that the band were from Long Beach, California and when they formed, they named themselves Sunlight Seven, then simply Sunlight. The band never recorded, performed or referred to themselves as Creation Of Sunlight. That was only supposed to be the title of the album!
At the time of their formation in the Summer of 1968 they were all still in High School.

'David' and 'The Fun Machine' were re-recordings for the small Windi label. 'David' in particular is a perfect lite psych tune with touches of fuzz guitar, organ and that California love-vibe. Comparisons with the more jazzy Strawberry Alarm Clock tunes are obvious.
It was written by Gene Rigalski. He's not listed as a band member?

........the sound of young ambition.........

Clear Light said...
David also turned up on another Windi 45 coupled with Sunlight's excellent heavy psych version of Judy in Disguise (with glasses.)

27 May, 2009


THE MYDDLE CLASS - 'Wind Chime Laughter' / 'Don't Look Back' (Tomorrow T-912) 1967

The trilogy of Myddle Class 45s ended with a great cover of The Temptations song from '65 'Don't Look Back'. This slightly countryfied and uptempo version is way ahead of the slow and yawn inducing original. Too bad it wasn't the hit that The Myddle Class deserved.

The flip was the sunshyne classic 'Wind Chime Laughter' which sounds like a more introspective Association. A taste of the pure pop music The Myddle Class were capable of.

Danny Mansolino (keyboards), Dave Palmer (vocals), Rick Phillip (lead guitar), Charlie Larkey (base), Mike Rosa (drums)


THE MYDDLE CLASS - 'Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long' / 'I Happen To Love You' (Buddah Records BDA 150) 1966

The second Myddle Class 45 paired 'Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long' with 'I Happen To Love You'. The former song, even though credited to all five Myddle Class band members was actually a song made more famous by The Blues Project (Al Kooper is credited as the songwriter but the title of the song is 'Wake Me-Shake Me')
It was originally released on Tomorrow 7503 but re-issued on Buddah Records a couple of years later.

It's been written that The Myddle Class picked up on this song after gigging with The Blues Project. It should be noted that Al Kooper and The Blues Project are credited as arrangers on the label of the Buddah release.........whatever the matter, this song is a killer and needs to be heard!
As a footnote 'Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long' charted in the top 20 in San Bernardino, California during November 1966.

The flip 'I Happen To Love You' is a Goffin & King song. It's more famous as being an Electric Prunes offering but The Myddle Class were the first band to record it.

Both songs were produced by Gerry Goffin..... file under essential double sider.


26 May, 2009


THE MYDDLE CLASS - 'Gates Of Eden' / 'Free As The Wind' (Tomorrow 45-7501) Nov 1965
This very talented group of teenagers hailed from New Jersey and released three singles on Tomorrow, all of which sold in decent quantities locally but outside of their home territory bombed.

Even today The Myddle Class are something of a mystery. Hardly any of their songs have been compiled and several demos remain in the vaults, although these tapes or CDRs do surface in private trades.

'Gates Of Eden' /'Free As The Wind' was The Myddle Class debut and really should have done better than it ultimately did. When many bands were electrifying Bob Dylan songs and having huge hits The Myddle Class chose his sombre 'Gates Of Eden' and made it into a folk rock gem but attracted little attention.

'Free As The Wind' is high class 60s pop with these memorable lines:

'You never miss the water in the well
'Till the well runs dry.
And I never missed my baby
Until she said goodbye.
Now she's free as the wind.

'Free As The Wind' was the top side and charted at number 12 in Albany, New York during mid March 1966. Both sides were produced by the song writing team of Goffin & King.

24 May, 2009

AMERICAN ZOO - Back Street Thoughts

AMERICAN ZOO - 'Back Street Thoughts' / 'What Am I?' (Reena Records 1030) 1967

This outfit were previously known as We The People and recorded earlier takes of both songs on this 45. Strangely 'What Am I?' was titled 'Who Am I?'

'Back Street Thoughts' is a sensitive mix of folk rock and psychedelia with harmonies and poignant guitar. The sound is as delicate as butterfly wings.
'What Am I?' contains lots of prominent farfisa organ and is a real treat. BUT who were these boys?

A couple of years ago I wrote about American Zoo's earlier 45 on Reena Records. Here it is again with better label scans.

AMERICAN ZOO - 'Magdalena' / 'Mr. Brotherhood' (Reena Records 1026) 1967

Another very cool double sided psych 45. American Zoo were a group of hip teenagers who recorded for Hollywood based label Reena. A picture of the band shows them looking extremely young and I suspect they never even went anywhere near an LSD tab so congrats on getting such a great sound on record.
That being said, they made an exciting couple of psychedelic 45s. 'Mr Brotherhood' written by Bill Hawkins was probably the top side, although both songs are strong. Can't decide which I prefer, so I won't!
This version appeared on Psychedelic Unknowns Volume 11 however, a longer cut was compiled on High All The Time Volume 2 (never heard this version so I'll have to try and locate that comp).
'Magdalena' has four name credits on the label, J. Martz, B. Bottrell, B. Hawkins and D. Danieli. This song appears to be non comp which is strange because it really is a fast paced psycher with cool instrumentation. Infact, the band are very competent musicians for youngsters.

This band shot of American Zoo turned up on a yahoo psych forum and was unearthed by their drummer Jason Martz.

23 May, 2009


THE SUPERFINE DANDELION - 'Crazy Town' (Move On Little Children) / 'Janies Tomb' (Mainstream Records 673) 1967

The Superfine Dandelion came together after the demise of garage band The Mile Ends. The latter scoring huge points for their '66 Stones type raver 'Bottle Up And Go'.
Main offenders, guitarist and chief songwriter Mike McFadden and bass player Ed Black then teamed up and changed their musical direction with The Superfine Dandelion.

'Janies Tomb' has been compiled before and it's a strange tale of deceit, murder and necrophilia all moving along innocently with acoustic guitar, gentle bass and neatly packaged like those Lovin' Spoonful obscurities.

'Crazy Town' (Move On Little Children) has got a west coast vibe throughout with use of some flute filling the sound. Both sides are on The Superfine Dandelion album released on Mainstream Records however, 'Crazy Town' is an extended mix. The shorter and punchier mono 45 version has not showed up anywhere before and was not part of The Superfine Dandelion re-issue (with bonus cuts) on Sundazed which is now sadly deleted and not even mentioned anymore on the Sundazed web site.

22 May, 2009


SMART AND COLE INC - 'Nature Boy' / 'Ashes Ashes' (All Fall Down) (In Arts Records IA 109) 1967

So who were Smart And Cole Inc? Were they a group or a duo with the surnames of Smart and Cole? I don't know, they're a mystery to me but if any readers out there know the details be sure to leave a message.

This 45 was probably released some time in 1967 on the Hollywood label In Arts Records, they also released the rather great single by ESB (who previously recorded under the strangely named W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band)

'Nature Boy' is a cover of a song written by Eden Abba. He was also known as George Aberle and played bass for a band from England called Accolade. The latter also recorded 'Nature Boy'.
The version by Smart And Cole Inc is a well produced pop song reminicent of The Association.

The flip 'Ashes Ashes' (All Fall Down) is another cool pop song and slightly psychedelic. It was written by songwriting team Tucker-Mantz. They of course provided memorable material for The Electric Prunes (I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night), The Knickerbockers (The Coming Generation), The Brogues (I Ain't No Miracle Worker) and The American Breed (Green Light).

19 May, 2009


THESE VIZITORS - 'Happy Man' / 'For Mary's Sake' (Capitol P-2163) May 1968

Flower power folk rock outfit from Goshen, Indiana who enjoyed a strong local following. They signed to Capitol and travelled to New York City to record some songs at their studios.

The upbeat flower pop tune 'Happy Man' recalls Mamas and the Papas or The Sunshine Company. It's got that male/female vocals and folk rock backbeat that many bands had during the mid 60s, although by May 1968 this sound was probably last years news.

The flip 'For Mary's Sake' follows the same trip but the guitar sound is a little more experimental and the vocal arrangements are rather good. Both songs are credited to Richard Curtis and Michael Curtis.

Some unreleased These Vizitors recordings surfaced on u-spaces compilations Psychedelic Archaeology. 'Rippling Road' can be found on Volume 6, whilst 'Reacher Teacher' turned up on Volume 7.

17 May, 2009


SAPPHIRE THINKERS - 'Melancholy Baby' / 'Blues On You' (Hobbit Records HB 42002) 196?

It's a surprising fact that no Sapphire Thinkers recordings have ever appeared on any official or otherwise compilation. Their album 'From Within' has been re-issued on CD before but I doubt whether it was a legal issue.
I've got a copy and it does sound OK to me and pleasingly the album has recently been re-issued legit (I think) on 180gm virgin vinyl, so if you can't afford an original on Hobbit Records then grab yourself this before all copies sell out.

'Melancholy Baby' bw 'Blues On You' was lifted from the album but I don't think it was a great seller and probably didn't get passed the promo stage. I'm also not sure where the Sapphire Thinkers originated from but I'd guess at California because their album was mastered at Pasadena's Artisan Sound Recorders and released by Hobbit, a subsidiary of the Los Angeles based GRT Records.

It seems that the Sapphire Thinkers were heavily into lysergic drugs, probably magic mushrooms judging by their far out Mamas and the Papas type sound and of course the use of psilocybin images on the cover of their album.

There's also plenty of organ, fuzz guitars, trippy phasing and excelent male/female vocalising.
They're certainly a band I'd like to know more about.

15 May, 2009

THE INNOCENCE - The Day Turns Me On

THE INNOCENCE - 'The Day Turns Me On (The Buffering Song)' / 'It's Not Gonna Take Too Long' (Kama Sutra KA237) Oct 1967

Songwriting team and staff producers at Kama Sutra, Vinnie Poncia and Peter Anders were the force behind The Innocence. They also wrote songs recorded by previous group The Videls and contributed 'Bad Misunderstanding' for The Critters and 'Mind Excursion' for The Tradewinds. They both may also have had links with The Vacels.

The non LP 45 side 'The Day Turns Me On' is as the title suggests a 'good time' song where all worries are gone and the sun is on your face. Cool harmonies and punchy bass are it's strong point and clocking in at just over two minutes it's a mystery how this summer of love type tune was not a hit record. Maybe the October release was just too much out of time.

The flip 'It's Not Gonna Take Too Long' is lite pop and was included on their album which is recommended for those into well produced 60s pop music. Gotta dig those leather jackets on those Greek statues.

14 May, 2009


CARNIVAL CONNECTION - "Poster Man" / "Alfred Appleby" (Capitol P 2244) Aug 1968 

Carnival Connection from Montreal, Canada released this delightful pop psych 45 in the Summer of 1968. It didn't make any great waves and barely dented the charts. Indeed the band remain largely unknown outside of their Canadian base.

The band started life in the Merseybeat era of '64 plying their trade as J.B and the Playboys but decided to change their name sometime in 1966 to The Jaybees. This was because people were confusing them for hit band Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

They then changed their name for a third time to Peter and the Pipers before settling for Carnival Connection in mid '68. 'Poster Man' is classic paisley pop and was written and produced by ex Changin' Times member Artie Kornfield at Capitol's New York City studios.

The flip 'Alfred Appleby' is an English styled pop psych ditty and is not as immediate as 'Poster Man' and is very much of the time.

Teen Beam #2 - March 1968

11 May, 2009


SOUL SURVIVORS - 'Expressway To Your Heart' / Hey Gyp' (Stateside HSS 1226) Aug 1967

Philadelphia outfit Soul Survivors hit big with the soul of 'Expressway To Your Heart' which is not really my bag.
So I was surprised to find a rather GREAT version of 'Hey Gyp' on the flip.

This rendition, originally made famous by Donovan, is a hard core LS dee-lite groover with weird sound effects and turned on background organ. It all becomes a little bit trippy mid way through the song and is bound to please.

10 May, 2009


JOHNNY THUNDER - 'I'm Alive' / 'Verbal Expressions Of T.V. (Disques Vogue Int. 80182) April 1969

'Im Alive' is an outrageous mod swinger with crunchin' fuzz and awesome vocals by Johnny Thunder. He started out as a lead singer for The Drifters in the late 50s then went solo. Non of his music apart from this memorable two sider is 'Flower Bomb Song' material.

I'm Alive' is a Tommy James and the Shondells cover. The original is also great but lacks the vocal prowess of Mr Thunder. Unsurprisingly, the 45 is a sought after disc by European mods hip to the killer sound.

The flip 'Verbal Expressions Of T.V.' is a weird funkadelic work-out.

This 45 was first released in USA on Calla Records in late '68.

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Trouble Comin' Every Day

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - 'Trouble Comin' Every Day' / 'Who Are The Brain Police?' (Verve VK-10458) 1966

I suppose The Mothers Of Invention are an acquired taste and I've never had my mind opened enough to let Frank Zappa into my little world except for the garage jewel 'Trouble Comin' Every Day'.
It was produced by Tom Wilson who also worked with many bands in the mid 60s including The Velvet Underground, The Blues Project and Bob Dylan.

I've done some brief research about the song and Zappa once confirmed that it was his response to watching the 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles on television.

The Verve Records archives indicate that 'Trouble Comin' Every Day' was recorded at their New York studios in October 1966.

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Trouble Comin' Every Day

09 May, 2009


LONDON AND THE BRIDGES - 'It Just Ain't Right' / 'Leave Her Alone' (Date 2-1502) March 1966

Teenage band London and the Bridges formed in Great Neck, New York. They got a contract with Columbia Records and had three singles released on their subsiduary label Date. But despite some promotion and even TV work on Upbeat, no hits followed.

'It Just Ain't Right' was their debut 45 and it perfectly captures the Brit Invasion sound that spread quickly throughout USA in the mid 60s and influenced so many bands.
It was perhaps no surprise either that the record company came up with the band name to cash in on all that English fervour.


08 May, 2009

THE ROGUES - Wanted: Dead Or Alive

THE ROGUES - 'Wanted: Dead Or Alive' / 'One Day' (Living Legend LL-723) 11/1965

This was an early Michael Lloyd and Shaun Harris oufit. Those two of course would eventually form The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. But it's still 1965 on this record and they're probably just messing about in the studio under the supervision of Living Legend Records owner Kim Fowley.

'Wanted: Dead Or Alive' is the best 'Hey Joe' re-write you'll ever hear. It's killer from start to finish and of course pure Hollywood, Sunset Strip. The flip 'One Day' is another folk rock gem but this tune is moody and fragile.

THE ROGUES - Wanted:Dead Or Alive

Tom, a regular reader of my blog sent me the following information about The Rogues.

Hello Colin: I remembered seeing something about this tune... and had to search it out. Its in The Trash Box (box CD set) on Hit Records. Cd #1 / cut 18.In the booklet the set comes with ... Wanted Dead Or Alive, there's a story behind the tune...quote ...

This amazing, slow re-write of "Hey Joe" features some rather well known names behind its nondescript monicker. Masterminded by Kim Fowley, it was recorded in a Hollywood bedroom in '65, while the Byrds and The Leaves were on the air with the original "Hey Joe" and a thousand garage bands across the land were trying to work out the song for themselves.

Kim's inspiration was to keep the chords and the feel of the hit. adding new lyrics and making it a sequel. Shaun Harris, soon to form the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, handed the vocals, while hotshot teen mogul Michael Lloyd(who's still around as a hit producer) kept time drumming with his knuckles on the floor. One of them, or some other legendary L.A. character,played a marvellous raga-rock guitar solo ...

Colin I liked this tune right off ... the backing vocal reminded me of a Ennio Morricone spaghetti western sound track.Best Regards:TomK

06 May, 2009

KEITH KESSLER - Don't Crowd Me

KEITH KESSLER - 'Don't Crowd Me' / 'Sunshine Morning' (MTW 102) Aug 1968
According to an online source, Keith Kessler from Renton Washington, recorded pissed off punker 'Don't Crowd Me' in 1966 with his band The Impulses. With it's snotty vocals and pounding organ it certainly could have been from '66 although the 45 wasn't released until late Aug 1968.

Some copies came with a picture sleeve.
KEITH KESSLER - Don't Crowd Me

04 May, 2009


THE PLAGUE - 'Money' 1966

This band look like they would run over your pet cat on purpose and that teen rebellion was put to good use on their recording of 'Money'. It was never released on record in the 60s and only survived as an acetate.
The acetate was patched up and compiled on Hipsville Volume 2 in the mid 80s.

According to the liners The Plague were from Bismarck, New Delaware.


03 May, 2009

THE VIKINGS - Blue Feeling

THE VIKINGS - 'Blue Feeling' 1965

The Vikings from Taunton, Massachusetts were one of those many promising teen bands that recorded a few songs then disbanded when a couple of their members got the call to fight the 'yellow man' on the other side of the world.
Judging from the band picture they were a suited and booted combo with long hair for '65.

'Blue Feeling' was never released in the 60s but fortunately it got exposure when The Vikings music was compiled way back in 1980 on the Star Rhythm LP 'Bay State Rock Volume 1'.
It's a confident version and I'm sure The Vikings would have produced more good work if circumstance had not intervened.

THE VIKINGS - Blue Feeling

S.J. & The CROSSROADS - Funny Woman

S.J. & The CROSSROADS - 'Funny Woman' 1966

Another band with six members were a set of school kids from Beaumont, Texas called S.J. and the Crossroads. They were locally famous for having a group member with the widest gait in pop music. That's him pictured right out in front.

'Funny Woman' was never released in the 60s and it remained unheard until Texas Punk Volume 10 (Cicadelic Records) compiled it in 1987. The song was recorded in drummer S.J. Serio's garage.

S.J. and the CROSSROADS - Funny Woman

02 May, 2009


THE HEADSTONES - 'Bad Day Blues' / 'My Kind Of Girl' (Pharaoh 152) 1966

For some reason The Headstones had six band members but sadly only four songs during their recording history for Pharaoh Records out of McAllen, Texas.

'Bad Day Blues' was the follow up 45 to the local hit 'Wish She Was Mine'.....According to the liners of Texas Punk Volume 5 (Cicadelic LP-991) 'Bad Day Blues' did even better in McAllen, spending two weeks at number 1 giving The Headstones their short lived brush with fame.


THE WIG - Little By Little

THE WIG - 'Little By Little' 1966 

One of the LPs that got played many times in the mid 80s was The Wig collection released by Texas Archive Recordings in 1983. The LP in question is titled 'The Wig Live At The Jade Room'.

I never owned a copy of this album until this week and it took me over 20 years to track a copy down! Everything on the album had never been heard before. Most of the record is taken up with blistering live recordings from 1966 of standard 60s fair such as 'Everybody Needs Somebody', 'Gimme Some Lovin', 'Gloria' etc...you get the picture....but it does contain both sides of The Wig's aborted first 45 'Little By Little' / 'Forever And A Day'

The Wig hailed from Austin and along with the 13th Floor Elevators were considered to be one of the most popular 60s groups in Central Texas.

THE WIG - Little By Little