Tompall & the Glaser Brothers –“Set Yourself Free”, The (Four) Kinsmen — “Glasshouse Green, Splinter Red”, Manfred Mann, –“The Vicar’s Daughter”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — 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.” ( The song was written by Hoover and appeared on his eponymous ‘69 album as “Theme from Tick Tick Tick.” The version in the movie (released in early ‘70) is performed by Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. It reached #42 in May of ‘70.

James Christopher Monger writes that:

In 1969 [they] fulfilled their contract with MGM, and as an incentive to re-sign offered to score [the film. The song] was written by fellow country outlaw and frequent Tompall collaborator Hoover. . . . [I]t manages to mix country, soul, and a gospel-tinged chorus into a sepia-toned snapshot of the ’60s that is genuinely moving.

Here, as sung by Hoover:

77) The (Four) Kinsmen, “Glasshouse Green, Splinter Red”

‘68 A-side by this Aussie band.

78) Manfred Mann, “The Vicar’s Daughter”

A beautiful song about a boy’s first love, it appeared on The Mighty Garvey album in ‘68.

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