John Greek Special Edition: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 11, 2022

Who was John Greek? The Louie Report explains: Years before the Wailers recorded LOUIE LOUIE with Rockin’ Robin Roberts, they were considered one of the hottest rock bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest. In 1959, when they were still in high school, they were signed to Golden Crest Records, their song “Tall Cool One”Continue reading “John Greek Special Edition: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 11, 2022”

William Bell: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 10, 2022

443) William Bell — “I Got a Sure Thing” This song is a sure thing. Bell co-wrote it with Booker T. Jones. Ollie and the Nightingales first released it in ‘68, and reached #73 (#16 R&B). Bell’s version is so much better in my mind . . . it’s so smmmmooooooth, it’s criminal! The lyricsContinue reading “William Bell: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 10, 2022”

Sharon Tandy: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 9, 2022

442) Sharon Tandy — “The Way She Looks at You” OK, I couldn’t resist, another classic by Sharon Tandy (see #371, 441). This “very Sandy Shaw-like” song (Richie Unterberger, https://www.allmusic.com/album/you-gotta-believe-its-mw0000741620 ) is “upbeat and undeniably commercial . . . squarely in the vogue of 1968 British pop and thus once again its total lack ofContinue reading “Sharon Tandy: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 9, 2022”

Sharon Tandy: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 8, 2022

441) Sharon Tandy — “For a Little While” An unissued at the time (’66) Isaac Hayes-David Porter composition by the great Sharon Tandy (see #371, including for more on Tandy). It was later released by the Goodees (a white girl group on Stax?!), but Sharon’s version is a gazillion times better. Let’s say she addsContinue reading “Sharon Tandy: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 8, 2022”

Alex Harvey: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 7, 2022

440) Alex Harvey — “Roman Wall Blues” Exquisite B-side and title track from Harvey’s ‘69 solo album, with lyrics courtesy of W.H. Auden. Yes, a sonnet by W.H. Auden about a Roman soldier! Why didn’t Pink Floyd ever give this a spin? All in all you’re just another brick in the Roman wall blues. OrContinue reading “Alex Harvey: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 7, 2022”

Barry Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 6, 2022

439) Barry Gibb — “This Time” Matt Collar writes that “[t]he Bee Gees’ tempestuous personal relationships led to their 1969 breakup, and when the band members stopped working together, Barry turned to thoughts of a solo career [as did Robin and Maurice (see #353, 354)]. He began recording an album, which was supposed to be calledContinue reading “Barry Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 6, 2022”

Haymarket Riot: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 5, 2022

438) Haymarket Riot — “Trip on Out” “Trip on Out” is the A-side of the Riot’s only single (’68), an “ear scorcher” and an “[e]xtra strength fuzz overload from an Enid, OK sextet of teenage misfits.” (The 30 Seconds Before the Calico Wall! garage comp), and an “absolute monster[].” (Vol. 6 of the Pebbles garageContinue reading “Haymarket Riot: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 5, 2022”

Galliard:Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 4, 2022

437) Galliard — “And Smile Again” Here is a soothing UK Renaissance folk-prog charmer. Jazz Rock Soul says “’And Smile Again’ is folksy and plaintive; [Geoff] Brown, affecting an Ian-Anderson-like tone, wraps vocal melodies around the accordion-laden, acoustic-plucked arrangement”. https://jazzrocksoul.com/artists/galliard/. Renaissance Festival anyone?! As to Galliard, LPCDReissues tells us Formed in the Midlands in 1969Continue reading “Galliard:Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 4, 2022”

The Hardy Boys: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 3, 2022

436) The Hardy Boys — “Long, Long Way to Nashville” “Nashville” is no bubblegum thing, it’s actually a really cool and sophisticated country/sunshine pop track from Wheels, the ’70 sophomore album by the Hardy Boys. Yes, the Hardy Boys! Greg Ehrbar writes that: Everyone connected with Saturday morning television and the recording industry sat upContinue reading “The Hardy Boys: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 3, 2022”

The Plague: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 2, 2022

435) The Plague (UK) — “Looking for the Sun” ’68 A-side from the only single by the uber-mysterious band — not to be confused with the Canadian Plague (see #248). 23 Daves writes: “Looking for the Sun” [is] chiming and subtle [with an] eerie and doomed feel. . . . By the time Decca launchedContinue reading “The Plague: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 2, 2022”

The Honeybus: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 1, 2022

434) The Honeybus — “I Remember Caroline” Another glorious track from the glorious Honeybus (see #6, 52, 207) — from the ’70 album Story. Sooty Chimney calls it “McCartney worship at its finest” (https://www.dreamchimney.com/tracks/12420) and Kingsley Abbott says “I Remember Caroline recalls the Fab Four’s hit sounds and feel”. (https://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/album/story) All true. As to theContinue reading “The Honeybus: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — May 1, 2022”