and now for the songs — August 31, 2021

88) Paul & Barry Ryan, “Madrigal” Not former House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the twin brother of Brit heartthrob Barry Ryan (and son of singer Marion Ryan). Or, was he? Anyway, a wonderful, wistful song. 89) Kim Fowley, “The Trip” The deliriously deranged Fowley left an indelible mark on L.A. rock history, created the Runaways,Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 31, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 30, 2021

85) Ben E. King, “Don’t Let Me Down” From his little noticed Rough Edges album in ‘70 — but so much better than the innumerable soul versions of “Hey Jude.” John Lennon returned the favor five years later with “Stand By Me.” 86) The Poets, “In Your Tower” The flip-side of “Wooden Spoon,” by Scotland’sContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 30, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 29, 2021

82) The Pretty Things, “Walking Through My Dreams” This April ’68 B-side by the incomparable Pretty Things represents British psychedelia at its best. Rubble boldly but accurately stated that “[t]he prime of British flower-power records came out of groups who’d previously grunted their way through rabbblehouse R&B. . . . [T]he cream of the genreContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 29, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 28, 2021

79) Manfred Mann, “Snakeskin Garter” From “Vicar Sweet” to “Snakeskin” slinky, quite an evolution! Manfred Mann Chapter Three, the Mann’s experimental jazz-rock incarnation, didn’t last long (two albums), but it was extraordinary and unlike anything they had done before. “Snakeskin Garter” comes from the first album (in ’69), which wasn’t released in U.S. — theContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 28, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 27, 2021

76) Tompall & the Glaser Brothers, “Set Yourself Free” Wonderful song from the 1970 movie “. . . Tick . . . Tick . . . Tick . . .” — “Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man [Jim Brown] is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South.”Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 27, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 26, 2021

73) The Carrie Nations (Lynn Carey), “Come with the Gentle People” Another beguiling song from the Meyer/Ebert cult classic film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. “Come with the gentle people, spread love across the land, come with the gentle people, we’re the only ones who understand.” 74) Jose Feliciano, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 26, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 25, 2021

70) Headstone Circus, “Healer” Best song from a wonderful blues/folk/psych album recorded in ‘68-‘70 but inexplicably not released until decades later. According to Lost.FM, the band describes its naming as follows: “On Halloween night we went to an old cemetery, dropped acid, and spent a very strange night . . . . The tombstones appearedContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 25, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 24, 2021

67) The Fugs, “CIA Man” From the classic ‘66 Virgin Fugs album by the adorable Greenwich Village degenerates. If you are expecting “Secret Agent Man,” please do not listen to this song! “Who can kill a general in his bed, overthrow dictators if they’re Red? Fucking-A man! (Fucking-A! C-I-A!) CIA Man! . . . WhoContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 24, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 23, 2021

64) Billy Nicholls, “Girl from New York” Another selection from one of the two greatest “lost” albums of the 1960’s. 65) Nick Garrie, “Can I Stay With You” Another selection from the other towering lost classic of the 1960’s — Nick Garrie’s The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas. “I feel I’m getting older, younger every day,Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 23, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 22, 2021

61) Roberta Flack, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” No, you have not heard this! Three years before her ‘72 mega-hit, she recorded this lovely version in ‘69. The song was actually written in ‘57 by radical Scottish folk singer Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, with whom he was having an affair. 62)Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 22, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 21, 2021

58) The Artwoods, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” The Artwoods were founded by, yes, Art Wood, who was the older brother of future Stones guitarist Ron Wood. They were a top touring R&B band, but their success never translated to record. “Brother” was a Depression-era classic made famous by Bing Crosby in 1932. ArtContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 21, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 20, 2021

55) Joe Bataan, “Uptown” Richard Pierson in All Music Guide says that “[n]o recording artist has more impeccable street credentials” than Bataan, who “grew up in Spanish Harlem, where he ran with Puerto Rican gangs and absorbed R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Rican musical influences.” “Well it all started long ago when I was a young boyContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 20, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 18, 2021

52) The Honeybus, “Story” ’70 single and title song of the album released after Honeybus had already split up. Haunting song. 53) Merry Clayton, “Gimme Shelter” Formerly a member of Ray Charles’s Raelettes, Merry’s voice backed the Stones on the iconic “Gimme Shelter.” She then released her own version. I’m not going to say hersContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 18, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 16, 2021

49) Wimple Winch, “Save My Soul” Stone cold classic. Nuggets says this June ’66 single “is a record of such stunning power and velocity it’s practically impossible to resist” and Vernon Joynson calls it “a wild rave-up” that is “one of the most exciting singles ever recorded in the UK.” Of course, it sold veryContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 16, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 14, 2021

46) Norman Greenbaum, “Good Lookin’ Woman” Norman Greenbaum was no one-hit wonder!  This is just one of his other cool songs. The title says it all — “I got the money, I’m willin’ to spend it on a good-lookin’ woman . . . good-lookin’ woman like you.” 47) The Poets, “Wooden Spoon” First, let meContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 14, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 13, 2021

43) Focal Point, “Sycamore Sid” This was the B-side of Focal Point’s only single (’68). You can learn the most revealing and interesting things from a band’s liner note comments, such as: Sycamore Sid “is now considered a psychedelic classic, much to our surprise!” and that the song was an ode to John Mayall’s treeContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 13, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 12, 2021

40) The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, “Mr. Tree” If you look up the definition of “twee,” any decent dictionary will cite this song. Twee in a good way — delicate and heart-breaking. Three students at Juilliard formed the band, including Marty Fulterman — who as Mark Snow would compose the X-Files theme! 41)Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 12, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 11, 2021

37) Turquoise, “Woodstock” The band came from the Kinks’s neighborhood of Muswell Hill and the Who’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle loved them, but to no avail. This single had nothing to do with the Woodstock Festival — it was issued in late ’68. But it did include a killer Dylan impersonation. 38) Pink Floyd,Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 11, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 10, 2021

34) The Pozo-Seco Singers, “Time” You know the phrase “achingly beautiful”? It perfectly describes this April 1966 #47 “hit” by the Corpus Christi pop/folk group. “Time, oh time where did you go? Time, oh good, good time where did you go? . . . Some people never get, some never give, some people never dieContinue reading “and now for the songs — August 10, 2021”

and now for the songs — August 8, 2021

31) The Ferris Wheel, “Can’t Break the Habit” Per Jim Dunn in All Music Guide, the psych-tinged soul band was “one of England’s great lost musical treasures of the mid- to late ’60s — immensely popular among club audiences [but] never able to translate their ability to win over crowds into chart success . .Continue reading “and now for the songs — August 8, 2021”