Shocking Blue — “Long and Lonesome Road”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 20, 2024
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,214) Shocking Blue — “Long and Lonesome Road” This Dutch treat is “just as catchy, just as cool, just as memorable as ‘Venus[]’” (Brian Green, https://www.scrammagazine.com/shockingblue/) — the ‘69/‘70 hard psych A-side reached #75 in the U.S. Rob Horning tells us that “[Robbie] Van Leeuwen has a uncanny knack for concise fills and quirky musical phrases that stick with you like a jingle, most noticeably in . . . ‘Long and Lonesome Road’, which elegantly pieces together its seemingly incongruous parts in a beautiful Chinese box of a ..read more
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The Alan Bown! — “You’re Not in My Class”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 19, 2024
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,213) The Alan Bown! — “You’re Not in My Class” A super popular live UK soul and R&B band tries its hand at pop psych/baroque pop. The Bown shoots, the Bown scores! One of the “highlights” of an LP that contained “an embarrassment of riches”, the song is “wistful . . . whose harpsichord and brass arrangement reflected the increasing sophistication of post-Revolver British studio pop.” (David Wells, liner notes to the CD comp Come Join My Orchestra: The British Baroque Pop Sound 1967-73) As to the album — Outward Bown — Dave Thomp ..read more
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I Shall Be Released: The Ministry of Sound — “In the Sky”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 18, 2024
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by georgefishman2
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,212) The Ministry of Sound — “In the Sky” The greatest pop psych ode to aliens, UFO’s and flying saucers wasn’t released for decades. Talk about the X-Files! As to the song, written by Micky Keen and Robin Shaw, Russ Alquist [see #1,201] recalls: Micky was into mysticism and we used to sit in a park near Denmark Street and talk to pigeons and other animals. Anyway, we lived in Hampstead Heath and Micky swore that he saw flying saucers there. I never saw them and even though I was okay with talking to pigeons, I’m not sure about the ..read more
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Treez — “You Lied To Me Before”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 17, 2024
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by georgefishman2
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,211) Treez — “You Lied To Me Before” Here’s a “MONSTROUS cave-basher” (liner notes to the CD comp Teenage Shutdown: “She’s a Pest!”: 18 Revved-Up Teen Swingers!“) by a Chicago cave band. “The cool old cat who recorded the group remembers them as a pretty wyld & popular teen combo”. (liner notes to “She’s a Pest!”). It turns out that a “White Bird” was nesting in the Treez, or at least the drummer ended up with It’s a Beautiful Day. Ken Voss tells us that: [Val] Fuentes would end up migrating to California where he would be the ..read more
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The Legend — “The Sky that Is Blue”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 16, 2024
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by georgefishman2
4d ago
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,210) The Legend — “The Sky that Is Blue” A beautiful song for a beautiful day, this “pop psych delight[]” (TYMETRIPS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfmzlOd-XII) from Colorado is “a tasty blend of tight, Bealtesque harmonies and surprisingly commercial melod[y] . . . . a breezy, mid-tempo pop song that showcased some nice vox organ and wonderful group harmony vocals that would made The Beach Boys proud.” (RDTEN1, https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the-legend/the-legend/) Of the band and the album, guitarist Randy Russ recollect ..read more
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Brenda and the Tabulations — “That’s in the Past”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 15, 2024
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,209) Brenda and the Tabulations — “That’s in the Past” How was this ‘68 Philly soul stirrer A-side not a hit? Derek says: A very dense, busy production but DAMN it sure does work (not to mention swing like a mofo!). . . . I love how, starting at about 1:30, the swirl of sound gets so strong Brenda just keeps pushing harder and harder to be heard. Quite a performance from all involved. http://dereksdaily45.blogspot.com/2010/09/?m=1 It does swing like a mofo! As to Brenda and the Tabs, Ron Wynn writes: Among the better Philadelphia ..read more
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She Trinity (and the Onyx) — “Climb that Tree”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 14, 2024
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,208) She Trinity (& The Onyx) — “Climb that Tree” Here is a number so unique that it took two bands — one all girl and one all boy — spanning the Atlantic from Canada to the UK to bring it all together. It is “bizarre, bonkers but absolutely fabulous” (Mikey Dread, https://www.45cat.com/record/pt283), “astonishing” (Klepsie, https://www.45cat.com/record/pt283), again “bizarre” and “possibly unique” (big swiftly, https://www.45cat.com/record/pt283), with “slamming, percussive organ parts and [a] complex, stop-start arrangement [t ..read more
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Joe Bataan — “Make Me Smile”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 12, 2024
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by georgefishman2
1w ago
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,207) Joe Bataan — “Make Me Smile” Joe Bataan (see #55, 339) takes a #9 hit by Chicago and turns it into a swinging and joyous Latin romp. Richard Pierson tells us about Joe: Born Peter Nitollano, of African-American/Filipino parents, Joe Bataan grew up in Spanish Harlem, where he ran with Puerto Rican gangs and absorbed R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Rican musical influences. . . . Self-taught on the piano, he organized his first band in 1965 and scored his first recording success in 1967 with “Gypsy Woman” on Fania Records. Th ..read more
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Barclay James Harvest — “Mother Dear”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 12, 2024
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by georgefishman2
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,206) Barclay James Harvest — “Mother Dear” This “incredibly beautiful” (VianaProgHead, https://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3380) song off their ’70 debut is “a Poe-like Gothic mystery (about dream-like figures in black or white) as an acoustic, string-laden gem first penned in ’67”. (Brian Banks, https://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2018/05/barclay-james-harvest-barclay-james.html) It “combines moving visionary lyrics (okay, childish lyrics, but then again they have an excuse – the song is written from a chil ..read more
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Billy Nicholls — “Come Again”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 11, 2024
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by georgefishman2
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THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 1,205) Billy Nicholls — “Come Again” Another installment of gorgeous UK pop psych from Billy Nicholls, who gifted us with one of, if not the, greatest “lost” albums of the ’60’s — Would You Believe (see #2, 64, 144, 428, 757, 964). As David Wells says, “lost classic is a much abused term amongst pop historians, but it’s difficult to know how else to describe Would You Believe.”(Record Collector: 100 Greatest Psychedelic Records: High Times and Strange Tales from Rock’s Most Mind-Blowing Era)  All I know is that 1) I ..read more
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