Gandalf — “Me About You”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 27, 2022


651) Gandalf — “Me About You”

A dreamy, phantasmagorical, and totally psyched-out version of “Me About You” (a demo offered to them by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon of the Magicians), which was later a failed single for the Turtles (reaching #105 in ’70). For Gandalf’s history, see #458.

As to Gandalf’s lone album, Emilie Friedlander suggests that:

[W]hat they left behind is probably one of the most visionary cover albums in the history of pop. . . . “visionary” in the sense of re-investment, as though these songs — songs we’ve already heard a hundred times before — had suddenly become re-possessed by the ghosts of their true authors. . . . Gandalf is one of those albums that has an almost synesthetic effect on its listeners, filling every room which it’s played with a kind of heavy, perfumed fog. Peter Sando’s wind-kissed, reverb-dripping tenor is perhaps most responsible for this effect. . . . Gandalf is one sexy record. Fuzz guitar, Hammond B3, electric sitar, vibraphone, and chunky, equally reverb-saturated bass ground Sando’s voice in a kind of clipped, baroque accompaniment, voluptuous in its restraint. . . .

Here are the Turtles:

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