NB: (1) reissued on CD by Afterglow in 1995, and again by Sundazed with extra tracks: both Caz 45s, the final Vault 45 and three unreleased cuts Country, Hall Of The Mountain King and Enchanted Park (Sundazed SC 11063) 1999.
NB: A few copies of (1) came with a picture sleeve, which now command high prices.
Recorded in Los Angeles, this is a fair album. It's predominantly bluesy with a splattering of sound effects. The 'A' side to their first 45 was re-recorded when they signed to Vault in 1969. Their last, Only Thing That's Wrong is a non-LP country rocker.
Thought to be a Los Angeles band they were actually from Phoenix, Arizona and were known until late 1967 as the Bittersweets, releasing three locally successful and now sought-after 45s before they added Ladd (from the Laser Beats) to the line-up and changed their name. Bennett was drafted late 1967 and replaced by Randy Wells from another local band Sounds Incorporated.
The Sundazed EP features three of the four Caz 45 tracks - Clean Old Man is missing for reasons unknown. Still, a welcome reissue and a chance to sample their earlier rampant fuzz-heavy-garage sounds that were somewhat diluted by the time of the album. The Sundazed CD is recommended.
Compilation appearances include: Bullfrog (45 ver.) and Only Thing That's Wrong on Mindrocker, Vol. 13 (LP); You Don't Remember (45 ver.) on Psychedelic Disaster Whirl (LP) and An Overdose Of Heavy Psych (CD); Stallion Of Fate on Filling The Gap (4-LP).
(Vernon Joynson / Max Waller)
Hailed from Waco in Texas. The 'A' side of this 45 is a strong song with effective vocals, superb fuzz guitar, great lyrics, and catchy chorus... "Well my mind is so messed up, nothing can bring me down, Nothing is strong enough, to save me now...".
Nothing Can Bring Me Down later appeared on Psychedelic Experience (CD), Austin Landing, Vol. 2 (LP), Texas Flashbacks, Vol. 2 (LP & CD), Flashback, Vol. 2 (LP) and Gone, Vol. 2 (LP). Highly recommended.
From Cleveland, Ohio this act were also known as Tony and The Twilighters and members would later be in the Returns and the Originals. Their finest moment Be Faithful can also be heard on Pride Of Cleveland Past (LP).
(Max Waller / George Gell)
NB: (2) as "The Twiliters with Bill Kennedy".
Invasion-influenced garage rock'n'rollers outta Plattsburgh, NY. Move It was a Cliff Richard cover.
Compilation appearances include: The Girl From Liverpool on Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 2 (LP & CD); Move It on Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 11 (LP & CD) and It's Finkin' Time! (LP); Rollerland on Wild! Wild!! Wild!!! (LP).
(Max Waller / George Gell / Mike Markesich)
Another Twilighters, their album contains two good garage/psych cuts, plus many weak tracks. It was released on the same label as Easy Chair, so perhaps they came from the Northwest.
This North Miami trio issued one fine Searchers-flavoured 45. She's There, a sultry beat ballad, is backed by a chiming Joe Tex cover.
A few months later Steve Palmer brought the Moss brothers together with Travis and Coventry Fairchild, and named them the Clefs of Lavender Hill.
(Max Waller/Jeff Lemlich)
A breezy pop psyche group with sitar, probably a studio project.
Probably from Texas hence the inclusion of If You Love Me Girl on Acid Visions - The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (3-CD).
NB: (1) French single with PS.
Released on one of the rock subsidiary label of Motown, this album was one of the last known productions by Tom Wilson. Composed of melodic tunes with vocal harmonies plus strummed acoustic guitars and an electric backing provided by famous session men (Jim Keltner, Mike Rubini, Ray Neopolitan, Joe Osborne), not unlike some CNS&Y songs, but it tends to be rather tedious. The best tracks can be found on the single.
The Two Of Clubs were a girl duo from Cincinnati. Their raunch-punk version of Petula Clark's Heart has resurfaced on Psychotic Reactions (LP) but the pair also had a chart hit with Walk Tall (Like A Man) on Fraternity which is much more of a "pretty" song.
(Vernon Joynson / John Gold / George Gell)
NB: (2) and (3) as The Third Condition.
A Daytona Beach, Florida band that acquired several members of The Hungry I's (Haney, Dresser and Citrullo) after that band folded in 1968.
In April 1967 they released All Cried Out, a slow bluesy number, backed by 2/3 Baby, a cantering beat-punk number with a nifty bass and piano motif. The latter can be heard again on Psychedelic States: Florida Vol. 3 (CD).
Jones was replaced by Eason in 1969. Soon after Haney, Dresser, Citrullo, and Eason, with the addition of Chris Drake (also from the Hungry I's) became The Third Condition.
(Kurt Curtis/Max Waller)
A late sixties outfit from Burlingon, Iowa.
This psychedelic 45 was the work of a Massachusetts outfit.
The members of this garage-punk combo all attended Northwestern Regional High School in Winsted, Connecticut. They recorded an acetate in 1966 which consisted of Cry For The Trees backed by Land Of 1,000 Dances but it got next to no airplay and with their recording career never taking off they concentrated on their popularity as a live band giving many of the hits of the era their own rather unique garage-punk interpretation. 22 years later Land Of 1,000 Dances made vinyl on Back From The Grave, Vol. 7 (Dble LP).
Possibly a Texan outfit - this 45 was produced by Norman Petty. Listen... is a strange ditty about a fathers advice to his son - it has some fuzzy noises but ain't yer normal garage fayre, interesting though. the flip is reedy garage pop.
Cool beat garage sounds from Salem, Oregon. Take Me Back, a cover of the David Clayton Thomas and The Shays track, is uptempo Invasion-infused beat. Go To Him is another version of the sullen beat ballad covered by the London Knights.
Compilation appearances include: Take Me Back on Northwest Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1 (CD).