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THE THANES - "Don't Change Your Mind" / "What You Can't Mend" (Hidden Volume HV0043) December 2017

The new single by The Thanes arrived today also. Amazing to think that they've been releasing records for 30+ years. The top side "Don't Change Your Mind" is a bit of departure in sound for them with heavy use of hammond organ mixed with fuzz. Reminds me of early Small Faces.

The other side "What You Can't Mend" is thee more familiar teenbeat Thanes sound, dig those scattergun drums, compact organ and of course Lenny's vocal delivery which is pretty damned fucking great. The revenge put down lyrics are particularly inspiring and worthy of any 60s punk lament. 

"Stood on the ledge, and now you're gone"



KIRIAE CRUCIBLE - "The Salem Witch Trial" / "Complain" (Night Owl J-6836) March 1968

USA: Hyghe Knyghte status achieved by Madison, Wisconsin group of teenagers Kiriae Crucible. "The Salem Witch Trial" is quite an intense number notable for the audio oscillator effect....Yeah, hang those witches.

The group were popular locally and were supported by WISM who gave the single regular spins. Sales were steady especially in Madison. These days though the record hardly ever shows up for sale and will probably sell upwards of $400 if you're lucky enough to locate a copy.

*** I've scanned this rare photo of Kiriae Crucible from "Lost and Found No.2" ***
*** label scan from Popsike ***



In thee Court of Arthur

Kind Sir waiting in the Castle

The Earl of Salisbury is waiting

Meditations with Lady Jane 

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Lord Madrigal: Songs that evoke Englishness, Tudor and Elizabethan Dandy's, Knights in armour, Castles with a drawbridge, military decoration, majestic tapestries, troubadour attire, Christian Crusades, swords, jousting, dulcimers and harpsichords, gregorian chants, madrigals, monks and horses, magic and fables."Thee Œarly Dayze Of Hyghe Knyghtes" from the minds of Lord Madrigal and Fayre Lady Kitty Lady Kitty: There's plenty of room for pre-Christian Native European honour too! I'm a daughter of thee Shifty Witches who EVADED thee Spanish Inquisition. No luv for thee Woman Hating Middle Eastern War God here, no matter what title it goes by!Lord Collier: And doing ya own shit!Lord Madrigal: It's all about ancient and long lost Western European chivalry. Lady Kitty needed a soundtrack for her new favourite book.Lady Kitty: 4. 7. 14. 16. Rare as hen's teeth in a Worlde of Ignobles.Lord Madrigal: Konrad von Limpurg as a Knight being armed by his Lady in the Codex Manesse, early 14th Century... Lady Kitty: ha, that's IN MY BOOK, and I had thought of that too! But I'd like to have a crack at some Primitive European Art first(so don't rush!)...cos with my semi-autistic childhood spent RELENTLESSLY drawing horses(even unicorns!) and princesses and evil Spanish wimmin in giant fabulous black lace mantillas, this could well be what I was in fact born to do..! hahaLord Madrigal: I'm sure it will be worthy of a Middle Ages Lady.Lady Kitty:  It's gonna be like this one, but more... groovy! Better hair do's.Squire Peter: Quite the unusually tiny horse, there.Lady Kitty: Probably a practicality, they were supposed to defend their trusty steeds to thee death as well. So much to be responsible for, it's a wonder anyone survived!     Lord Collier: Is that a staff on left or a huge willy?Lord Madrigal: Forever to remain a lowly vulgar peasant in an era of Hyghe Knyghts and thee Chivalric code.Lord Collier: Thaa what’s hew?  Lady Kitty:  Man, Medieval artwork is just a TRIP. Thee facial expressions.... so simple, yet so effective..! I've really got my work cut out fur me.Lord Collier: King gadgee in right seems perturbed by the geezers Chain mail balaclavas.Lady Kitty: That kid certainly has a questionable hair do and expression. Almost looks like a current day politician. If only we had some Knights...!Lord Madrigal: Killing babies 👶 by sword.Lord Collier: Peeled babies in buckets of salt, was an expression I heard once. Belter. Lord Madrigal: The baby 👶 on the floor being stood on by a Hyghe knyghte appears to have been beheaded.Lord Collier: Best thing for it.  Lord Disspain: Why are they killing the children?Lady Kitty: Just bein' all Biblical I'd guess.   Lord Madrigal: The Patron saint of England and our hero St George, pictured here slaying a dragon. George represents the Church and all the Hyghe Knyghtes who support it. ***this 1350 fresco is from Verona, Italy*** scanned from the book "Knights & The Golden Age Of Chivalry" Lady Kitty: I was gonna ask where you got thee image from, that's a kwality dappled grey steed! Thoroughly unruffled by a dragon too. Impressive! Ladies and Gentlemen...raise your glasses of fine wine for it's time to admire Greek Hyghe Knyghte Hector of Troy and his magnificent hairdo. From thee fresco 'Nine Worthies' c.1430Lady Kitty:  I think he missed thee point, he was supposed to suffer to win thee lady's affections, not make thee lady suffer to win them. Must've been all Greek to him. Solid points for effort though. Undoubtedly, a brave move to sport that do in a fresco for posterity.Lord Collier:  Has he got a stottie cake on his napper? Bread wigs were popular until crows were invented.Lord Madrigal: Didn't the Greeks run about in big nappies back in the day. Warm climate I suppose. Couldn't do that in North East England. Too cauld for that caper.  THEE CHARTER OF EVENTS23rdTURNOFF – MICHAE[...]



BOBKAT '65 - "This Lonely Road" (Get Hip GH-1965) July 2017Yeah! Bobkat '65 are easily my favourite new group and "This Lonely Road" is my nomination for album of the year. Love this little neo garage jewel. With two swingin' kittens and a hat wearing bloke on drums they create a genius crude moody sound with fuzz and jangle. Check out their promo video of "This Lonely Road" cos it's where it's at.Before this album on Get Hip there was a single recorded during September 2015 and released some months later. "Gwani" / "Time" comes highly recommended and is worth tracking down before it becomes scarce. Both songs are short sharp stabs of coolness, "Gwani" was inspired by Ana's pet dog. This upbeat number with fuzz is perhaps the most fast paced number I've heard from them. Great girl screams too, reminds me of The Pleasure Seekers.The other side "Time" is a convincing crude and moody cover version of a 1967 song originally by Dexter & the Derbies. Once again Bobkat '65 are authentic in both style and approach, in other words they nail it and make it their own.So it's back to the album "This Lonely Road" which was recorded at Estudios Circa Perrotti during December 2016, making it almost a year old already! A theme of melancholy and longing runs throughout the ten songs of stripped down '66 inspired beat. Kinda like outsiders lookin' in, loneliness, feelings of craving and desire after a lost love and those anxieties of life in's all a moody puzzle and they're scrambling around for missing pieces that may never be found.Their superb original songs are mixed perfectly with obscurities that only a few connoisseurs will spot. These include "Try" by The Cobras, "Loneliness Is Mine" by The Esquires and "To Be Like You" by The Missing Lynx.Ana (guitar / vocals) Paula (bass / vocals) and Diego (drums) have really come up with something solid here. I'm very impressed indeed and hope to hear more of their work in the months / years to follow. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640">[...]



CRYSTAL GARDEN - "Peach Fuzz Forest" / "Flash" (Bay Town BT011s) March 1969

According to "TeenBeat Mayhem!" Crystal Garden hailed from San Leandro, California and despite almost everywhere stating a 1968 release for this disc, in the book we're looking at Spring 1969. The music certainly fits in with an early '69 sound. Top side "Peach Fuzz Forest" is the most well known cut and has quite a crude recording but with plenty to get excited about.

The flip "Flash" is a more laid back, downer affair. Again with a crude production in stereo and lyrics about a girl blowing her mind on acid. Kind of like lo-fi Byrds. I really dig this side but judge for yourselves.

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T.J. BLACK - "She Belongs To Me" / "Gotta Turn Myself On, Babe" (Jubilee 45-5516) November 1965

I'm always on the look out for 1965/66 folk-rock records and I found a copy of T.J. Black 'She Belongs To Me'/'Gotta Turn Myself On, Babe' on Jubilee. It's the often covered Bob Dylan tune but this version is slowed right down with that typical folk-rock sound of clattering tambourine, gruff/protest style vocals and what could be an ocarina...(ie) the 'I Got You Babe' kinda sound - no jangle guitars sadly.

The other side 'Gotta Turn myself On, Babe' is strong folk-rock too.
Who was T.J. Black?

message from Max Myndblown: I have this 45 too. I believe it's Terry Black, a Canadian who put out 45s and LPs on Arc in Canada but also headed south of the border and had several US releases, including an LP on Decca, An Eye For An Ear, as Terence.


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Sad to hear that Easybeats guitarist and songwriter George Young has died. Man, The Easybeats are turntable residents in my house, their 45s are top shelf Beat entertainment.
Back in 1985 I bought the "Best Of" album shown in my photo. Seems only yesterday that my jaw dropped when I first heard the fucking sheer greatness of "Sorry"
R.I.P George Young.



THE STRANGELOVES - "Night Time" / "Rhythm Of Love" (Bang B-514) December 1965

The Strangeloves should rapidly jump into the winner's circle with this top-drawer follow up to their last time out smasheroo of  "Cara-Lyn." The top lid here, "Night Time" is a pulsating, hard driving rhythmic romantic blueser about a lad who wants to spend the PM hours with his gal.

"Rhythm Of Love" is a plaintive, after hours, soulful romancer.
(Cashbox review, 1965)




THE BYRDS - "Goin' Back" / "Change Is Now" (CBS 5300) 1977

I started day dreaming at work today and my thoughts drifted to the music of the Byrds. They're my favourite group of all time you see. Only the Beatles and Love are at the same level. BUT that's just my opinion of course. Anyway, I longed to play "Change Is Now" when I got home and back to my beloved Technics SL-1200G

This song is a fine example of their magic. Moving through a country chorus it becomes a droning masterpiece with a way-out acid lift off to third eye territory with mystical mind explosions, backwards guitar, pumping bass, the harmonies, psychedelic bewilderment.

I was sure I had an original UK release on CBS but it's gone! Or I never had it...that is the trouble when you've got an archive of about 8,000+ 45s!!! Hard to keep up with
my collection. I only have this 1977 stereo re-press with "Goin' Back" as the plug side.
Must change that soon with an original MONO copy

the Byrds are a creative zenith. They sit on thrones above the celestial sphere.

Four days after realizing that I did not have a "Lady Friend" / "Change Is Now" CBS mono 45 a copy arrived @ EXPO67 HQ this morning. I found this online at a record shop in Plymouth. Looks and plays GREAT. Sound is loud and dynamic. You just can't beat 1960s mono 45s.

"Truth is real, truth is real
That which is not real does not exist."




CENTRAL PARK - "Who Wouldn't Love To Be Loved" / "Flower Hill" (Amy 11,019) May 1968

It's the B-Side "Flower Hill" that grabs my attention on this Amy disc. Information about Central Park appears to be scarce to non-existent. To me, they sound like either a folk outfit from New York trying their hand at something a little bit more with the times or they're perhaps a studio creation.

"Flower Hill" has double tracked vocals, guitars sounding like sitars, some studio FX and lyrics expressing the delight with the current scene of flowers, love and peace. This is radio friendly and safe. Not that this side would have got the plays because of it's flip side status.

Producer and Arranger Wes Farrell went onto major success as a songwriter for the Partridge Family.

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THE STORYBOOK - Beads Of Innocence" / "Psych-Out" (Sidewalk 940) 1968The Storybook, genuine group or studio musicians? They left behind five numbers, all compiled on film soundtrack "Psych Out". I've long since thought that they were studio hustlers laying down these very decent acid trippers but now I'm not so convinced.The songwriter for The Storybook songs was Ronald Stein who was employed by American International Pictures to create music for low budget and exploitation films in the late 1950s and most of the 1960s. Perhaps his songs were recorded by a Sunset Strip group and their name was changed to The Storybook for the soundtrack album? Who knows. I'm sure the truth will be out they somewhere.Sidewalk released one Storybook single presumably to send to Radio Stations to promote the film "Psych Out" - my copy came housed in a sleeve, they probably all did! "Beads Of Innocence" is a beautifully tripped-out piece of aural opulence driven along by a background charm of finger cymbals, what sounds like a glockenspiel, studio sound FX, languid guitar and dreamy vocals.The other side "Psych-Out" is a way-out mind tormentor. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> [...]



JOHN WALKER - "If I Promise" / "I See Love In You" (Philips BF 1612) October 1967A sparkling disc from John Walker, which personally I prefer to his previous hit "Annabella". It's a real blues-chaser, with a bouncy Latin-flecked rhythm, emphasised by a delicious rippling guitar figure, flute and tambourine. And there's a fat, fruity brass section adding depth to the accompaniment.A rip roaring slap happy song it receives a lively personality treatment from John, who goes up still further in my estimation as a result of this effort. Don't think the song has got what it takes to make the No.1 spot or even 2 or 3........ But it's zest, polish and uninhibited gaiety are enough to make it a comfortable hit.FLIP: A bluesy approach to this beat-ballad, enhanced by organ, pizzicato strings and solo guitar. Sung with sincerity and deep emotion. Appealing!(NME review - 21/10/67)It's not often that I hear a song once and really flip over it, but that's what happened to me with "If I Promise". Tom Jones was going to do this as a single a few months ago, but he was on his ballad kick at the time, and this is not a ballad. It was once recorded in the States by Jerry Reed, but I've given it a smoother kind of arrangement. Hope everyone likes it.(John Walker - RAVE magazine - November 1967)Another disappointment this week is John's follow-up to "Annabella" which I thought was pretty and liked. I don't really think his voice is terribly suited to this light, fast material. He sounds vaguely uncomfortable throughout the record.It has a lovely opening with warm guitar and a shuffling South American rhythm, and it does start off well, especially that very American trick of soft double tracking and gentle brass. But the chorus lets it down a bit. Maybe it's one of those records that insinuates itself with you.(Disc & Music Weekly review - 14/10/67)Guitar intro and John sings rather subtly most of the way...nice sprightly tempo and a good song, featuring parts of duetting with himself. Every bit as strong as his original solo item and a cert for the charts. Nice arrangement too and backing.FLIP: Self-penned and moody old love song. Very well performed.(Record Mirror review - 21/10/67)UK Chart Position: None allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> [...]



EYE ZOOMS - "She's Gone" / "On The Line" (Atila Records A213) October 1965

According to "Teenbeat Mayhem" the Eye Zooms hailed from Toldeo, Ohio and this disc was their only release. "She's Gone" is a mournful teenbeat weeper with a cool tremelo'd guitar break. Also, dig that label, real classy affair.
Hey man, It's normal for lads to be all forlorn when they get dumped for another. But don't worry kid, you'll get fixed up with another lass sooner than you think.

"She's Gone" was compiled on " No No No" some years ago. The other side, "On The Line" is a rollicking piano led rock and roll instrumental. It sounds like an early 60s throwback. Not my scene and has not got the 'garage' sound.

Atila was owned by Johnny Paris of Johnny & the Hurricanes. They also recorded a few quite decent garage numbers during this era.

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THE EPITOME - "I Need You" / "Flower Power" (Mona Lee Records 219) April 1968

I've had this 45 for many years, every so often I'll search the net for information about The Epitome.... but nothing. They released a second single "I Can't Face Myself" / "Sleep" on Kama Sutra in 1969 but that one isn't my scene.

"I Need You" is a slow tempo cover version of The Other Half's savage and speaker shredding pounder. I dig Epitome's languid psychedelic style, loads of organ and Monkees style background harmonies. The flip "Flower Power" is a jaunty flower children bubblegum pop tune.

I've been informed that they were a New York group, the singer/songwriter Billy Hocher was later in Bulldog (2 LPs in the seventies) with the ex-Rascals Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli.

"Words can be like empty flowers
Bloom and die in just one day."

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SIMON DUPREE & the BIG SOUND - "Without Reservations" (Parlophone PCS 7029) May 1967Between them, they don't dig racial prejudice...potatoes...namedroppers...early rising and crowded beaches, but on the other hand, they comprise half a dozen minds with but a single passion in life...namely, MUSIC!! As a matter of fact , I remember very well a late night in 1966 when I was invited to a dinner in the Royal Borough of Kensington, London W.8. to take in a little chicken, asparagus and potatoes, followed by strawberries and cream, and as it happens, it was a night when having drunk the coffee, one toyed with the idea of ...."and where do we go from here?"But let me go back a little beyond that night because I remember hearing a crop of the week's new releases that didn't seem to have any special quality to ignite the imagination until I came across a Parlophone labelled single entitled "I See The Light." I played it three or four times on the trot and decided that someone just might be into something good....particularly the ones known as Simon Dupree & the Big Sound!!!I hadn't heard them before this single hit the scene, but I was so convinced of their "Top Twenty" potential I poured passion into the microphone telling one and all that it was only a matter of time before they'd have the pop record buying public at their feet. I must have enthused a little because I remember being asked "Have you gone into the Agency Business?" Well, to get back to the post coffee period, we were told exactly "where we went from there"...straight to the middle of the dance floor and lured by the exhilarating beat of Simon Dupree!!!Not a soul remained seated, and as I shook by the group, I shouted to the fellas... "Top ten in four weeks from now!"But strange is the pattern of success in pop dictated by the frantic fans who supply it's lifeline....The fellas didn't see much of the light...then they followed up with "Reservations." As I scribble these cover notes by invitation (I'd have made application for the job without invite anyway) Simon & Co have another single out called "Day Time, Night Time". With the same initial belief in their ability I won't revert to the superstition bit of 'third time lucky' but those three tracks alone make this a part of any fan's supply. Get a load of "Teacher, Teacher"..."Get Off My Bach" and then some!The boys have also included some of their popular Club numbers such as "Amen" ..."What Is Soul" and "Love". Someone will see the light sooner or later, and if you don't mind...sooner! Huh?(back cover notes: Alan Freeman)    [...]



STATUS QUO - "Messages From The Status Quo" (Cadet Concept LPS 315) 1968

Now we're talking, the first album from Status Quo, early 1968 release. Before they went hard rock/ shelf psychedelic pop music here my dear acid brethren.
This is from a batch of black gold I bought last week, £20 for a hardly played disc by the look of it....bargain. American pressing on Cadet Concept..



THE ZOMBIES - "Zombies" EP (Decca DFE 8598) January 1965The Zombies all came from the St Albans, Hertfordshire, area where they began their career playing local clubs and at school dances. The founder members of the group were organist Rod Argent, drummer Hugh Grundy and lead guitarist Paul Atkinson. They were joined by bass guitarist Chris White and vocalist/guitarist Colin Blunstone.For a time they were only moderately successful, but a break-up was averted by their winning a beat competition sponsored by the Evening News. Riding on their first wave of success, they recorded "She's Not There", penned by Rod Argent and took it high in the charts. Now they are in great demand for TV and stage appearances, one-night stands, ballroom and club dates. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> [...]



THE FALLEN ANGELS - FALLEN ANGELS (Roulette SR 25358) September 1967The Fallen Angels have fallen away from the ordinary musical approach into something extra-communicable. (And the cow jumped over the moon). Their ability to communicate with their audience, starts with the kind of understanding they have created, first amongst themselves. (The dish ran away with the spoon).They are not just a new group with a new sound, it's more of something you're unable to put into words. Their music is their own, and doesn't fit into any categories.It's like taking pop music, exploiting it to it's limit, and pulling it into a new dimension of time and sound. Lend a hand to the Fallen Angels and they will pull you in....bring you up or down, and make you (Wanna steal your mother's shoe). They honestly love to addict people to their music and they do (Shoo-be-dooo).(ephemera from Jeff Jarema and Doug McCullough)    [...]



ERIK - "Blind Street Singer" / "Tell Me Are The Good Times Gone" (General International Records 352) June 1966

Second and last single from New York folkie Erik, who was 16/17 years old when this was released and may have been Erik Heller who released the acid folk album "Look Where I Am" on Vanguard in 1967. I have searched for evidence to link the recordings but have drawn a blank. If anyone knows for sure let me know, thanks!

"Blind Street Singer" is a pleasant enough folk song which comes across with quite a strong Donovan influence. Quite a catchy number and after repeated plays really becomes hard to clear from your head.

The other side "Tell Me Are The Good Times Gone" raises the tempo somewhat and has drums, guitar, bass and tambourine backing. The background harmonies could almost be described as 'mod'ern.

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ERIK - "One Too Many Mornings" / "She Belongs To Me" (General International Records 350) October 1965

I was on my Erik Heller trip over the weekend, which leads me to a couple of singles by "Erik" on General International Records. "She Belongs To Me" / "One Too Many Mornings" was released in October, 1965. Both sides are decent Bob Dylan covers, produced and arranged by Alan Lorber.

The release got a plug in Billboard as a potential "Top 20" record. Although I have no concrete evidence or verification I'm still thinking that this could have been Erik Heller's debut disc?!!

The Billboard review noted "a new 16 year old from Ithaca, NY."

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forget those boneheads with sleeve tattoos, painted on eye brows, tramp beards, wannabe mindsets, fakes with hollow eyes, trendy Jibba-Jabba Gangsta street talkers, self-centered losers and the indoctrinated selfie generation of 2017......let's all go back to 1966.

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ERIK - "Why Come Another Day" (Vanguard VRS-9267) December 1967My weekend's album under the spotlight is this obscurity by folk singer Erik Heller. The recordings for his album date from late 1967 and it appears to have been released during December. A full page advert promoting the album and a single from it was published in Cashbox trade magazine and Billboard gave it four stars in their new releases column.The music contained within can best be described as loner folk with orchestration. Erik's songs are moody and desolate. Most here are stripped down acoustic based folk songs with Erik's mournful 'spoken' vocals increasing the anxiety. Samuel Charters' production adds psychedelics especially on the song I've chosen and my pick from "Look Where I Am." Some research reveals that the latter produced the first four Country Joe & the Fish albums so he was very familiar with the underground acid scene and in some ways was perfect for Erik.There is some fuzz on one track, namely "You Said/But I've Got My Way" which is quite a departure from the rest of his material. Rounding up then, this album is not gonna change your world or anything but visitors to "Opulent Conceptions" will dig it.A single was pulled as a taster "Look Where I Am (Well It's Right Over Here)" / "Dead Afternoon Song" (Vanguard VRS-35056). Some came housed in a coloured picture sleeve but it's unlikely to have achieved more than the promo white label stage. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> [...]



THE MINDBENDERS - "The Letter" / "My New Day And Age" (Fontana TF 869) September 1967

A cover version of a current U.S. hit, this is the Mindbenders' most commercial single for some time. It's an upbeat swinger that bounds along with fire and enthusiasm, but still manages to incorporate a catchy tune and a cute lyric.

Their version is polished and immaculately handled, with crisp brass, lush strings and pleasing harmonies.

FLIP: The boys pump out an absolute thundering beat on this track. Not a great deal of melody, but plenty of interest in the lyric and the backing cellos.
(NME review - 09/09/67)

Cover of an Amrican hit and the clean-cut sound of the boys should see it into the charts. Strings behind, and a strong beat....and the harmonies are clean and straight forward. Song may not prove as big as I think it will, but certainly the Mindbenders should make the charts. FLIP: Rather brash instrumental opening and fair enough material.
(Record Mirror review - 09/09/67)

This was a big hit in the States for an American group recently. From what I can remember of that recording I rather prefer this which really deserves to give the Mindbenders their long awaited hit.
It's a rather simple tune with simple words about how he's just got a letter from his baby and he's going home. Good for him. The best production job the group have ever had.
(Disc & Music Weekly review - 09/09/67)

UK Chart Position: 42

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THE PURPLE UNDERGROUND - "Count Back" / "Soon" (Boss 010) August 1967

My turntable spin today is this psychedelic punk 45 by The Purple Underground. Wow man, this is intense! Check out "Count Back" and the weird FX, treated vocals, whispered in parts, pounding bass and backwards outro. A bit like Love's "Seven And Seven Is"I reckon they must have been influenced by Love with this.

Everything is kool, even the label name of " Boss" Florida group, record released August 1967 and one to add to your psych boxes, recent sales have been $200+ though!

The flip "Soon" is an intense weeper where the guy has lost his girl to another, awkward beat, way-out organ and more studio trickery towards the end.

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