and now for the songs — November 3, 2021

235) Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty — “Things (Goin’ Round in My Mind)”

Another selection (and single) from Merrell Fankhauser’s classic ‘68 album. I know it’s classic, because Merrell himself says it is “one of the rare, lost psychedelic gems of the late 60’s” (CD reissue liner notes).

As reports:

[The singles unfortunately] received virtually no support from the label due to its recent signing of Neil Diamond, and despite gigging with such national acts as Canned Heat, CTA (later Chicago) and The Blues Image, among others, achieved only moderate sales.

H.M.S. Bounty? No, Merrell did not grow up on Pitcairn Island. It was a nod to the British Invasion!

“Things are going round in my mind, things are gonna make me cry, if you don’t say you’ll be my girl, these things are gonna make me die.”

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