A Californian group led by Dave Ray, who was previously part of the blues/folk trio Koerner, Ray and Glover. Produced by Allan Emig and recorded on the Feather River in Keddle, California, their only album contains a mix of folk, blues, rock and country highlighted by four excellent tracks: Girl Of The Seasons, Blak Bati Chari Blooz, Sok Mi Toot Tru Luv, all with inventive organ and guitar parts and Keep What Makes You Feel Nice, a progressive blues a la Butterfield Blues Band. All their material was original and the use of strange instruments (rocksichord, Leslie guitar, tack piano) provide some unusual effects. As usual with Elektra, the sound quality is excellent.
Dave Ray later released solo albums and Sanford "Sandy" Konikoff, who had previously played with Gentle Soul, became a session drummer, notably working with Leon Russell, Grinder's Switch and Ben Sidran. Brendan Harkin later played in Papa Nebo, Free Beer and Starz.
From Lompoc, Califorina, this bunch evolved into Now, when Tony McGuire was drafted and David Zandonatti came aboard. They subsequently relocated to San Francisco, hooked up with producer Matthew Katz and became Tripsichord Music Box!!
Compilation appearances include: Bye Bye on Boulders, Vol. 4 (LP).
An excellent addition to The Youngbloods discography. The only solo album of Lowell "Banana" Levinger, backed by the other Youngbloods (sans Jesse Colin Young) and the renown jazz bass player Steve Swallow. The album contains a mix of rock, folk, bluegrass and more experimental tracks. The singles are from the album. In 1973, Levinger took part in the production of the A Euphonious Wail album and then apparently vanished from the music scene.
Banana was also in charge of The Youngbloods' record label, Raccoon, and as such produced the albums of Michael Hurley, High Country, Joe Bauer and Kenny Gill. After taking part in the production of the A Euphonious Wail LP in 1973, he vanished from the music scene. He can however be found playing on Here Goes Nothin' (1987), by Zero, a Bay Area group featuring John Cipollina, Steve Kimock and Martin Fierro.
The singles are from the album.
NB: (1) and (2) reissued on one CD (Lizard LR 0713-2) 2001.
This band, along with Sir Lord Baltimore, Yesterday's Children et al were among the East Coast's premier heavy blasters of the post-psychedelic era. Check out I Just Don't Know and Evolmia from their amazing first album on Atlantic. The second album has longer, less structured cuts with seemingly endless guitar soloing... nevertheless, both are recommended.
The first album was produced by Warren Schatz and Stephen Schlaks.
Compilation appearances have included: I Just Don't Know on Psychedelic Frequencies (CD).
(Clark Faville/Max Waller)
From Mercer Island, Washington. In mid 1967, they became The Chicago Express, with the line-up: Dave Hendricks (vcls), Greg Bigsby (lead gtr, vcls), David Baroh (gtr, vcls), Scott Strong (bs) and Russ Kammerer (drms). At the end of the year, Chicago Express splintered again with Dave Baroh switching to bass, and Russ Kammerer joining with John Soltero to form a power trio called The Punch. In March of 1968 Pat Gossan was added on keyboards, but The Punch split in August '68 with David Baroh (and later John Soltero) going on to Bluebird. Russ Kammerer went on to The Locomotive and Pat Gossan joined the Floating Bridge.
Compilation appearances have included: Little Sally Walker on Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 - Flash And Crash (LP & CD), Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 (CD), Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 (LP), History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 2 (CD) and The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 4 (LP); Queen Jane on History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 5; and Tell Me on History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 6.
(Max Waller / Darryl F. Riffero / David Baroh)
A band from Minneapolis who also recorded as Jesse J. And The Bandits and King Krusher And The Turkeynecks. Two further 1965 tracks Downtown and The Krusher, appeared '60s Minneapolis sampler on Top Teen Bands Vol. 3 and this latter track has reappeared on Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 12 (LP & CD).
This unknown Georgia band backed singer Charles O'Kelly on their sole 45 on the Perfection label, based in Marietta.
The dirgey A Woman is compiled on Psychedelic States: Georgia Vol. 1 (CD).
Day-Time.. is a cool jangley swirly folk-punker with sultry Byrds' harmonies that has been included on the excellent Fuzz Flaykes & Shakes Vol. 1 (LP & CD), whose liners give their location as Los Angeles.
It's also noted that the 45 was originally released as by the F.B.I. (Four Boys Incorporated). P'raps they were 'encouraged' to change their name by some bureau heavies?!
The Band Without A Name were managed by Casey Kasem and they played at two clubs on the Sunset Strip as the house band during 1965-66. David Marks had previously played with The Beach Boys and both he and Eddie Haddad were in Dave and The Marksmen, until they broke up in 1965. Marks then formed The Band Without A Name, with Mark Groseclose (Affectionately known as 'Goosegrease' by their fans). Mark was a great drummer, and had played live with the Beach Boys for a month in 1962 when Dennis hurt his hand. Mark had also drummed for The Survivors, a short-lived side project of Brian Wilson who released one single, Pamela Jean, and did session work for The Honeys.
They ended up backing Sonny and Cher (who were still Caesar and Cleo at the time), played with Bobby Fuller and also with the post-Spector Teddy Bears.
Their first 45, Turn On Your Lovelight received some airplay on KRLA and the band got to open for acts like Thee Midniters and Monte and The Crystals, as well as playing 'The Teenage Fair' in 1965 and '66.
Their second 45 came from the "Thunder Alley" soundtrack and was thought to have possibly been Davie Allan and The Arrows in disguise. However Davie Allan, Mark Groseclose and David Marks don't remember doing the track, so it could just as easily be the work of another band/session musicians and issued as The Band Without A Name by their record company.
The real Band Without A Name did cut a version of Fats Domino's Whole Lotta Lovin', a song called Tavelin' that we assume was an original and a cover of I'm Blue without vocals. None of these have were released.
The band are thought to have been from the San Fernando Valley or Hawthorne area.
(Brian Chidester/Stephane Rebeschini/Eli "Alfie" Green)
A rare sitar raga psych LP with two side long cuts: Raga Hemant and Raga Bhatiyar.
NB: (1) reissued on CD (Lizard Records LR 0707-2) 2001. (2) reissued on CD.
NB: (5) double sided promo version also exists.
Straight forward seventies rock and roll, formed by Tony D'Iorio, this band were thought to be from Florida, but this is not the case. They did in fact come from Pennsylvania, but played in Florida quite a lot. Some of this confusion is no doubt because there was a Florida act called the Bangles (also known as the Bangs) that by 1971 was calling itself Sun Country.
Produced by Jeffrey Cheen and John Palladino, recorded in Miami and L.A, their second album is a kind of concept album, with distinct "Mother" and "Bow To The King" sides, label presentation and cover art. All the material was written by Cheen, Ferrara and D'Iorio (who had then chosen to leave the group but continued to write lyrics for them) with the exception of a cover of Randy Bachman's No Sugar Tonight. Four of its eight tracks were featured on singles and the album is rather good, full of energetic songs.
(Ron Bronholc/Stephane Rebeschini/Jeff Lemlich/Max Waller)
NB: (1) also released in the U.K. (Stateside SSL 5022) in 1970, reissued on CD by One Way (22119). (2) also released in the U.K. (Harvest SHSP 4010). (2) and (3) were released as Flying Circus.
Originally formed in Chicago by ex-H.P. Lovecraft drummer Mike Tezga, who later formed Lovecraft. Their album, which got to no. 190 in the U.S. album charts, contained some good organ and guitar work and there's a case for its inclusion here. They relocated to L.A. and later evolved into Flying Circus recording two more albums. Upon their demise, in 1970, Wolinski and De Carlo formed Madura.
Compilation appearances have included: Come On People on Undersound Uppersoul (LP).
A Chicago band, whose Project Blue was a head-banging assault on the senses with some superb guitar riffs and is considered one of the city's classic recordings. If you hear it - you'll know why. The band were also known as The Fugitives and later The Prophets, whilst Pete Sheldon had earlier played in the U.K. group Tornados.
Smead now runs a New York bar, Rouse became a lumberjack, Bucaro became a priest and Lito relocated to Texas. Project Blue was also covered by The Endd who operated out of La Porte, Indiana. The Banshees were properly regarded as one of Chicago's best white teen bands and in their day were a match for anyone.
Formed at Mills High School in Burlingame, in the South Bay area of San Francisco as an instrumental combo called The Black Knights in 1962. Later in 1964 vocals were added and they changed name to The Banshees. They Prefer Blondes, is a sort of wailing Kingsmen-style punk song. In 1967 they changed their name again to Ariel.
Compilation appearances have included:- They Prefer Blondes on Boulders, Vol. 4 (LP), Back From The Grave, Vol. 2 (LP) and Garage Kings (Dble LP); and Take A Ride With Me on Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 11 (LP & CD).
(Max Waller/Alec Palao)
A garage rock band for the kids market, housed in a neat cartoon style cover.
A rare and quite odd Christian folk singer, her album came in a b&w cover with gothic lettering.
A soft-psych/jazz hybrid, with female vocal and a long and spacy cover of the Airplane's Somebody To Love. Rather weird but interesting.
NB (1) reissued as Rhino RHLP 1008 in 1979, and later on CD by Bomp/Voxx. (1) reissued on CD as Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? with both sides of their debut 45 (Sundazed SC 6153). Another CD reissue on One Way (17965), is retitled Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? and contains Moulty as a bonus track. There is also a compilation on Line OLLP 5067.
NB: There's also an extremely rare French EP with PS: Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?/What The New Breed Say/Susie Q/I've Got A Woman (Vogue INT 18027) 1966.
From Provincetown, Massachusetts, this punk band who were once regulars on 'Shindig', are best known for their 1965 single Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? and Moulty, the story of how their drummer lost his hand (in a fireworks accident when he was 14)!
After they split up, remaining members Bernie Fieldings, Jerry Causi and Bruce Benson went to San Francisco in 1967 and formed Black Pearl. Moulty went into the cleaning business in Abington, Massachusetts as the Moulton Cleaning Co. In 1995, he reformed the band as Moulty and the Barbarians with his sons, Tory and Eric, and twins Ken and Karl Olson.
Compilation coverage has so far included: Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl and Moulty on Nuggets Box (4-CD); Hey Little Bird on New England Teen Scene (CD), New England Teen Scene, Vol. 2 (LP), Trash Box (5-CD) and Best of Pebbles, Vol. 1 (LP & CD); Moulty on Nuggets (Dble LP); Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl on Nuggets, Vol. 1 (LP), Even More Nuggets (CD), We Have Come For Your Children (Cass) and 20 Great Hits Of The 60's (LP); and You've Got To Understand on Follow That Munster, Vol. 1 (LP) and Hide & Seek Again (LP).
You can check out a Moulty website at http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palms/5555/moulty.html.
(Vernon Joynson / Lloyd Peasley / Stephane Rebeschini)
Some guys from the Detroit suburbs chose two popular R'n'B numbers, by Roscoe Gordon and Darrell Banks respectively, for their sole platter. Both have a loose'n'live feel - but club sounds rather than garage. Just A Little Bit (also covered by the Zombies, Tommy Burk and The Counts and Aussie acts Tony Worsley and The Blue Jays, Chosen Few and Purple Hearts) is the stronger thanks to some neat guitar solos.
On a very obscure label out of Eugene, Oregon, Barber Green was the work of five teens from Brownsville, who were managed by Jack Richardson. The band took their name from a road paving machine (a' la Buffalo Springfield) and mostly played local dances, with one show in Eugene.
The 'A' side to their 45, Life, is pleasant acoustic folk-pop. The flip, Gliding Ride, kicks off innocuously enough but one is suddenly woken by a brief fuzzy outburst before a return to the sparse'n'simple theme. The next verse ends with another burst, then an all-too-short bridge where the guitarist is allowed his head, and a denouement wrapped in some fine lead. So it ends, with potential unfulfilled - this coulda been SO good if only they'd let rip.
Compilation appearances have so far included: Gliding Ride on Psychedelic Experience Vol. 4 (CD);
(Max Waller / Mike Markesich / George Gell)
A female Christian folk singer/songwriter and guitar player. Her two albums are highly rated by some dealers.
The Bar Boys formed in Paragould, Arkansas in 1967. Their version of Hit The Road Jack starts in unpromising fashion with a brassy intro but it improves as the vocalist warms to his task, finally erupting into a great fuzzy guitar break immediately followed by a brief flute interlude - VERY cool. The flip is classy booming keyboard-led pop with a crisp Motown-influenced swing in the rhythm section.
Ron Hall's book, 'Playing For A Piece Of The Door', provides the personnel above and reveals that the 45 was recorded at Sonic studios in Memphis, TN.
Not to be confused with the better known Pacific Northwest outfit, this Fort Worth band was rumoured to have issued three 45s in all during the mid-sixties. Alibis is unexceptional but you'll find it on Flashback, Vol. 5 (LP), Gathering Of The Tribe (LP), Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 13 (LP), Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 10 (LP & CD) and Texas Flashback, Vol. 5 (LP).
They evolved out of Johnny Diamond & The Royal Five.
NB: (1) not released at the time, the above album was later released on Picc-A-Dilly in 1980, R1. Also of interest is the CD The Moses Lake Recordings (Gear Fab GF-183) 2001.
NB: (1) was originally scheduled for release as Panorama 46 but was never released. (4) Not released.
Operated out of Moses Lake, Washington between 1961-69. They evolved out of a school teen combo called The Fabulous Continentals, who were a late fifties and early sixties covers outfit. They took their new name, The Bards from Roget's Thesaurus - the word 'Bard' meaning 'a travelling English minstrel, poet ...' they were a travelling group of musicians and the reference to England clinched it because they wanted to sound like The Beatles. They even became a foursome when John Draney, their lead vocalist, left to join the army.
Their big break came when Never Too Much Love, an original arrangement of an old Curtis Mayfield tune, made it to No 67 nationally in the Cash Box Top 100, although it seems not to have figured in the Billboard charts. It created the opportunity for them to tour with big name acts like The Turtles, The Dave Clarke Five and Paul Revere and The Raiders. During 1967 Mardi Sheridan left the band for a while to head for San Francisco and was temporarily replaced by virtuoso guitarists known as Apple Andy and Mark Chelson, who joined from George Washington and the Cherry Bombs. When Sheridan returned they headed for LA to find a producer.
In Hollywood they met Curt Boettcher and Keith Olsen and in 1969 under their production recorded an unreleased album, although this resulted in the break-up of the band. After its completion Curt Boettcher wanted to go back to the Northwest to sing with the band which delighted Mike and Mardi but not Bob and Chuck who wanted to get back on their old gig circuit and preserve their autonomy. So the split came when Mike and Mardi left and ultimately headed to LA to pursue writing and recording careers, although Bob and Chuck regrouped and carried on with the name for a while. For their Boettcher/Olsen period, they renamed themselves Moses Lake and a 45 was released under that monicker on Together Records. The Multitrack masters still exist for the album too, and in 2001 Gear Fab released The Moses Lake Recordings (CD).
Michael Balzotti later played in a duo with Seattle singer/songwriter Michael Langdon called The Michaels. Mardi Sheridan now works in advertsing; Chuck Warren manages an irrigation company in Moses Lake; Bob Galloway raises show horses and Mike Balzotti owns a real estate company in Seattle.
Compilation appearances have so far included: Freedom Catcher on The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 3 (CD); Light Of Love on Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 - Flash And Crash (LP); Light Of Love and The Owl and The Pussycat on Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 - Flash And Crash (CD); My Generation on Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 2 (LP), Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 2 - Knock You Flat! (LP & CD), Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 2 (CD) and The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 3 (LP); The Owl and The Pussycat on Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 (CD), Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 (LP), History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 2 (CD), The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 2 (LP); and Never Too Much Love and Tunesmith on The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 1 (LP); Goodtime Charley's Got The Blues on History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 6.
For more information check the bands website: http://www.bardsmusic.com