Prufrock — “Whisper of Love”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 4, 2022

404) Prufrock — “Whisper of Love”

From ’67, this song is a truly wonderful plea for reconciliation to a departed lover. RD Records, the label that enabled us to hear this treasure 40 years after its recording, proclaims of the album it rescued that:

Here is another lost and unreleased at the time Californian psychedelic masterpiece . . . from 1967! . . . The music is a mixture of superb garage folk, swinging London style garage pop and heavy fuzz loaded psychedelic to the max tracks with some incredible great eastern influences!

Yeah, the record label said it, but it’s true, true, true! OK, the song’s not The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, but it is a love song by Prufrock and the lyrics are heartfelt and touching.

In a story ripe for a cinematic retelling, Tom Lubin, Prufrock’s producer, relates that:

By October [’67] Prufrock had made what we thought was a pretty good album. . . . So that we all had some to remember, when no one was around at [Gold Star Studios where I was an assistant engineer], I made 6 acetates of Visions. . . . I also made several song demos and gave them to a publisher who liked the songs. But . . . Visions was never released. That was the end of it, or so I thought until mid 2006. It seems one of the publisher demos had found its way to Europe and . . . one song “Too Young” was released in Austria on a sampler of rare recordings of the 60s. A couple of years later the acetate was pictured in a record collector’s book. The Gold Star label had the titles with my name as producer. So, from an acetate label seen in a book to a Google Search, I was found and contacted by e-mail.

“Dear Sir Are you the Tom Lubin who produced and engineered the band Prufrock in 1967….?”

I was floored. It seems the sender was an avid fan of 60s music, and had a label that released recordings of that era. He was based in Switzerland and had heard only one song . . . . [A] few years ago I [had gone] into a studio and transferred all the tapes I had in a box to digital, and Prufrock’s Visions was one of them. . . . Once the[ label] heard it, they wanted to give it its first release . . . .

liner notes to the CD issue of Visions

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