THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
820) Almond Lettuce — “Twenty Weary Miles”
A delightful, rollicking music hall-y number by a totally obscure British band that gets no respect. Vernon Joynson says that the band released “two awful singles [that] are often described as psychedelic but seem far from it” (The Tapestry of Delights Revisited). 23 Daves sort of maybe likes the song, calling it “another absurdity . . . which contains deliberate flat notes and disorientating subtle key changes and missed beats, and takes more than one listen to settle into. It’s not exactly Kevin Shields styled stuff, but it’s certainly interesting.” (http://left-and-to-the-back.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-almond-lettuce-tree-dog-song-to.html)
As to the Lettuce:
“An obscure outfit . . . . rumoured to have come from Southhampton . . . . Keyboard player Ron Jones is the only name connected with the group having written most of their released material [two singles] and so far, this group has also been found to be in no way connected to Bitter Almond who appeared in 1970 and ’71. (liner notes to the CD comp Piccadilly Sunshine: Volumes 1-10: A Compendium of Rare Pop Curios From the British Psychedelic Era)
Oh, and Jack King says that Almond Lettuce was “the resident band in a pub Called the Ramouth Tavern on the corner of Raymouth Road and Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey in the 1960’s . A great night out, really noisey and crowded.” (http://left-and-to-the-back.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-almond-lettuce-tree-dog-song-to.html)
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